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Many NASCAR enthusiasts live for the drama of the track; the daring passes, the constant risk of collisions and the tension of a close race to the checkered flag.

But in my eyes, the most interesting part of the race is what takes place in 12-second increments – the pit stops.

 

Chris Burkey

Nos. 5/24 head pit crew coach

The final whistle had blown, signaling the end of the of the 2009 college football National Championship game between The University of Alabama and The University of Texas.  

And we – the Alabama Crimson Tide football players—were now champions.

Rowdy Harrell

Back-up tire carrier, Nos. 48/88 teams

Photo credit: UA/Crimson Tide Photos

Racing works opposite most other sports in that we can’t rely on peak performance to carry us to victory. A simple example of this is if we look at a race team’s performance through the course of a NASCAR race. You can put on a dominating performance and be on your way to victory when all of a sudden the engine fails. 

Andy Papathanassiou

Director of Human Performance
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