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JJ strengthens his grip on Cup reign

Updated: February 13, 2010, 3:15 AM ET
By Marty Smith | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- A race car driver's hands are his paycheck. They are the channel through which the intricacies of his chariot -- every creak, moan and change in performance -- reach his brain and ultimately his team, those charged with adjusting the car to peak capability.

Their grip on the steering wheel is firm yet fluid. Too tight, and the driver might miss something the car needs him to know. Not tight enough, and he might wreck it.

Drivers' hands and forearms are nutcracker strong, ...

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