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NASCAR inspectors aim to keep competition even, safe

As the racecars have become more complex, so have NASCAR's inspectors. Long ago they were not much more than backyard mechanics, but today many are engineers.

Updated: June 21, 2007, 6:57 PM ET
By Brett Borden | Special to ESPN.com

As long as NASCAR has been in existence, so have competitors looking to sneak an advantage into or onto their car without the sport's officials catching them. Think of Buford T. Justice chasing 43 Bandits at once. Sometimes, though, as evidenced by substantial penalties meted out this season to Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Jr., Buford's hot pursuit pays off.

During technical inspection (which happens several times during a race weekend), NASCAR officials are basically looking ...

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