MARCH OF THE CREW CHIEFS by ProQuest

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   If you have been to an NHRA national event, you have likely seen a mass
   of crew chiefs swarm the track before each qualifying and eliminations
   round. Ever wondered what, exactly, they’re looking for? Here is an inside
   look, straight from a few of the track walkers themselves.




                                                                                                     Dan Hood, track specialist, Castrol GTX Ford Mustang
                                                                                                     “We have had the torque meter for about two years; before that,
                                                                                                                       we used our good, old tennis shoes. The
                                                                                                                           torque meter gives us a reading on the
                                                                                                                              race surface, and we check it at
                                                                                                                                different intervals down the track.
                                                                                                                                  It gives us a reading in
                                                                                                                                   inch/pounds to let us know how
                                                                                                                                    much available traction is on the
                                                                                                                                     surface. [We also take] a reading
                                                                                                                                     for track temperature. We track
Ron Douglas, co-                                                                                                                     all the readings and can tell how
crew chief, Castrol                                                                                                                  good the track is, and I’ll relay
GTX Ford Mustang                                                                                                                    the information to the crew
“Track temperature is part of                                                                                                      chiefs over the radio so that they
the equation we use to determine                                                                                                 can make any necessary
how we can run on a certain track. As the                                                                                      ad
								
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