They call it NASCAR

Jan 20th, 2012 | By | Category: Spotlight

Kenny Burdine (left) is Miller Ind. Motorsports director and oversees the tow trucks at 11 NASCAR tracks across the country. Mike Seamon is the executive director of the Professional Wrecker Operators of Florida and began driving tow trucks at Daytona in 1980.

Editorial Note: With the racing season fast approaching, Professional Wrecker Operators of Florida Executive Director Mike Seamon was at Daytona International Speedway January 12 – 14 during three days of open testing for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He sent the following report and photos.

The World Center of Racing came alive with an open test for the Sprint Cup stars. The garage was a mass of cars, drivers, engineers and crews. The teams were testing with the new NASCAR rules designed to break up the love bug two-car tandem drafting.

In the morning the cars were running one at a time at 195 mph. After lunch the top speed was 202 mph with the dreaded two-car car draft back.

The test session allows computers and sensors to be attached to the cars but not during a race. When the cars are in the garage. they have laptops hooked to them and when they are on the track, the engineers are monitoring the sensors on laptops. Some cars had over 40 sensors on them and four antennas on the roof with a pitot tube to check wind speed.

The teams test everything and make hundreds of changes; Kevin Harvick’s team tested five different rear ends during the day. This year’s Speed Weeks will be an exciting one and my 32nd year attending Speed Weeks in a row.

Danica Patrick


Kurt Busch


Garage area.


Mark Martin (right) and Larry McReynolds.


Engineers hard at work.


Test equipment on a car's roof.