Originally Posted by Jeremie Boop
I shouldn't say "no breaks" but very little in the way of breaks. I apologize.
This is a quote from a racer:
Sprint cars don't have much for brakes, and no clutch, to stop the car you kill the motor.
As for the rest about how they slow down and speed up/burping the gas to keep the cars running during cautions is right on. They have "rolling starts" because every car has to be push started before the race starts. Modifieds/Emods are different because they are closer to actual cars than sprint cars are. You have to remember, they are racing on dirt/mud and breaks are of little use on that sort of surface.
By your own post the break on the one side of the rear of the car is to help kick the rear end sideways more that it is for stopping. I should probably talk with my uncle more about this though, as he used to work in the pit crew of some sprint car racers.
Didn't know that about Sprint Cars, good information. So basically even if you cut the transmission the car will still be going under its own momentum. If it lock down the wheels then the car would just slid due to the conditions of the roadway. Basically Stewart's car would be like driving on a wet pavement, at highway speed and having someone walk into the path of your car with very little time to react.
I do no think there was anyway for Stewart to stop, and if the other driver walked into the driving path, moving around on dirt and mud is nearly impossible. Especially since the guy walked in on a turn. By the looks of things, the sprint cars drift around the turns. I don't see anyway for Tony to be able to avoid the other driver in this scenario, if the other driver walked into the path of the vehicle.
Originally Posted by Bird E3
They are just as accountable as us. Michael Jackson paid $20,000,000 to be a child molester, and the law, and the world gave him a pass. If I built an amusement park to mokest childen, I'd be in jail. You are crazy if you think regular people get treated the same as celebs and politicians. I don't think that charges would stick to Tony, because it would be hard to prove his intentions, but let's at least have a trial. And yes I agree the magic thing doesn't really apply because it's not criminal, but I think we have seen plenty of evidence celebs get treated different.
Tell that to Martha Stewart who got thrown in jail.
The only difference is that people with money can hire better lawyers. Better Lawyers can twist the situation and find loop holes. They have more resources to find a way out of situations. Do some shady deals go down, yea, but I wouldn't call it the norm. We only think its different because we don't have that sort of money to throw around. We can't afford lawyers who get paid hundreds of dollars an hour.