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Tue Feb 18, 2020, 12:55 AM

About the Ryan Newman crash (Newman listed in serious condition but not life threatening)

Still no word that I have heard about the nature of his injuries but the news says he is serious with non life threatening injuries. All things considered, that's good news.

Anyway, about the crash. As you watch it, the structural integrity of the car itself is quite remarkable. While the flimsily built bodywork just sort of distorts, crumbles, then falls off, the structure appeared solid, almost undamaged. Rigid. The driver protected. That's the reason so many NASCAR (and other forms of racing) crashes are walk-aways. Yes, to be sure, this is dangerous stuff, but the technical rules are heavily on the side of safety.

To me, the scary detail was the fire. What was its source? A ruptured fuel cell came to mind. Fuel cells have been around for 50 years or more. They are several orders of magnitude better today than when first put in use, but perfect is not an applicable descriptor. After the car came to rest, liquid pouring out was visible near the fire. Not sure if it was fuel or coolant. Oddly the fire did not grow even as the liquid appeared to be flowing toward the fire.

Anyway, I think this crash was a testimony to safety at 200 mph.

No, I am not a NASCAR fan, although I do enjoy motorsports in general.

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Reply About the Ryan Newman crash (Newman listed in serious condition but not life threatening) (Original post)
Stinky The Clown Feb 18 OP
Aussie105 Feb 18 #1
Skittles Feb 18 #2
Laura PourMeADrink Feb 18 #3
Hekate Feb 18 #6
JohnnyRingo Feb 18 #4
mopinko Feb 18 #5
KT2000 Feb 18 #7
Sewa Feb 18 #8

Response to Stinky The Clown (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2020, 12:58 AM

1. Sometimes I get the feeling people watch NASCAR

just for the crashes.

Am I wrong?

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Response to Aussie105 (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 18, 2020, 01:01 AM

2. of course that's why they watch

why else?

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Response to Aussie105 (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 18, 2020, 01:09 AM

3. I think if you study it and learn the strategies

It's fascinating and can be exciting.

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Response to Aussie105 (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 18, 2020, 02:13 AM

6. Not a fan but several years ago read a mystery/road trip novel called "Saint Dale" ...

The protagonist is roped into accompanying a friend on a bus tour of sites in the life and death of Dale Earnhart.


I have to say, by the time the book was over both the protagonist and I had developed a sympathy and understanding of the fans.

For me it was like that episode of Designing Women that followed a similar pair (believer and skeptic) to an event commemorating Elvis Presley.

Neither NASCAR nor Elvis does anything for me, but something resonates deeply for a lot of people.

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Response to Stinky The Clown (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2020, 01:10 AM

4. It's amazing how they crash test race car chassis

This is a sprint car, but it's similar:



More here from Jalopnik:


https://jalopnik.com/crash-testing-for-race-cars-is-just-as-intense-as-youd-1840995351

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Response to Stinky The Clown (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2020, 01:56 AM

5. i watched ford v ferarri the other day. it is kinda amazing,

 

but then again, sometimes they dont get out of the car.

good movie. defying death is part of the whole deal.

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Response to Stinky The Clown (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2020, 02:30 AM

7. They really do have a handle on safety

My nephew has recently started racing. He rebuilt his car to satisfy many current safety requirements and there are several safety inspections before they are allowed to race. Each race is monitored and drivers are informed of any needed improvements. I alter his gear and must use fire retardant thread.

I love watching him race because his car is so powerful and fast it amazes me. I do fear a crash but I know he is hooked on this now and he loves it. I also love watching jets - loud ones - take off.

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Response to Stinky The Clown (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2020, 02:53 AM

8. Thank you for the update

I had to leave for work during the caution with two laps left in the race. Hate to see anyone get hurt. Itís not the first time Newman has went airborne during a race.

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