Hamlin Eyes Return To Talladega Superspeedway And Return Of The "Slingshot" Pass

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Talladega Superspeedway is known for its history, tradition and side-by-side racing. If Denny Hamlin is correct, the Car Of Tomorrow is going to bring back a traditional move that has led many a driver to Gatorade Victory Lane at NASCAR's Most Competitive Track - the slingshot pass. 

 

The slingshot pass is a maneuver in which a car following the leader in a draft suddenly steers around it, breaking the vacuum.  This sudden break in the vacuum provides an extra burst of speed that allows the second car to take the lead. 

 

"The way the cars are set up and the big hole they punch in the air, it should be way wilder than anything we've ever seen here," Hamlin said.  "I think you can have the absolute slowest car in qualifying here, and you'll be able to just slingshot yourself right to the lead with no problem."

 

Hamlin said the reason for the return of the slingshot is the massive hole in the air the new car creates.  "We're able to change our wing angle from 14 or 15 degrees to 10 here, so we're laying it back, but yet we're using a bigger wicker. That's going to slow the cars down, however that's just going to punch a bigger hole in the air for the guy behind. So if they do that, you're definitely going to have more of a closing rate than you did before."

 

Hamlin said if fans want to get an idea of what to expect on Sunday, they have to look no further than the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Mountain Dew 250 on Saturday.  "You're going to see a very similar race to what the Truck races are. And everyone would argue that the Truck races are probably the best superspeedway races, simply because guys can really just pull out and pass at will."

 

Tickets are still available for all the weekend's events, beginning with the ARCA RE/MAX

Series 250 on Friday, followed by the Mountain Dew 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race on Saturday.  The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Car of Tomorrow will make its first appearance in a superspeedway race on Sunday, Oct. 7, which is also the fourth race in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. Kids age 11 and younger are admitted free of charge on Friday and Saturday of race weekends in the general admission grandstands at Talladega Superspeedway. To order tickets, call 1-877-Go2-DEGA (1-877-462-3342). For our hearing impaired guests, please call TDD 1-866-ISC-TRAK (1-866-472-8725). Tickets also are available online at www.racetickets.com or in person by visiting the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. CDT, Monday - Friday.

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