ESPN's Tim Brewer answers your questions
Former championship crew chief and current ESPN analyst Tim Brewer answers questions from ESPN.com NASCAR Icons readers.
After many years as a championship crew chief and other roles on NASCAR teams, ESPN analyst Tim Brewer knows the answers to most racing questions. And for those he doesn't know off-hand, he knows where to get the answers.
Reading, Pa. Brewer: Any ballast that we have in the cars, we move to the right side. For the short track races, naturally we want all the left-side weight on the left that we can possibly get. We have the advantage of the driver sitting over there. But when we go to the road races, we take all the ballast out of the left-side frame rails and transfer it to the right side. You've got some cases of a 200-pound guy sitting over on the left side and that's really hard to offset. But most of the guys have a hundred pounds of ballast in the car and they'll transfer it over to the right side. When are Jack Roush and Doug Yates going to bring out their new engines? Are they going to be the modular V8s or the old push-rod V8s Ford no longer produces?
Spanish Fork, Utah Brewer: I called for Doug Yates [Tuesday, July 15] morning, but he was out of the office. But I did talk with his assistant Tim Lancaster [director of production at Roush & Yates Racing Engines], and he says "No, the engine has not been submitted to NASCAR yet, but it will be submitted in the near future." And yes, it will be a push-rod engine.
When NASCAR takes engines to test their horsepower, do they take the whole car, or just the engines?
Why did Carl Edwards pit toward the end of the Chicagoland race to fix the front splitter? He pitted earlier, came back out and was gaining spots. He was a lap down, but was able to make it to the end on fuel, while everyone else still needed to pit. So why did he pit then when everyone else did also? Before that, TV showed him passing people. Then he pitted to get the splitter taped up, and that was all she wrote. It seemed an awfully conservative play. Isn't he in a position to be chasing wins, not points? The cautious pit strategy seemed inappropriate for the situation.
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