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Trevor Bayne, just turned 20 yesterday...the young man showed skill and poise way beyond his years. First to win the Daytona 500 in his first attempt since the inaugural event in 1959. Spent most of the week pushing the more well known names to the front, but at the end, he was the man.
 

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hoog62 said:
Trevor Bayne, just turned 20 yesterday...the young man showed skill and poise way beyond his years. First to win the Daytona 500 in his first attempt since the inaugural event in 1959. Spent most of the week pushing the more well known names to the front, but at the end, he was the man.
I watched the race for a while, the first time in quite a few years and thought at first that many were drafting till the announcer said that they were pushing! What exactly is that? That's the first time I've seen it in a race.
 

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Running in the draft, the car behind is really only running at half throttle or so to maintain the same speed as the car breaking through the air. With the bump draft, the second car actually runs into the car in front to give him a little shove. The track being repaved over the off season has resulted in a table top smooth surface where they now forget about bumping and just run up against the front car. By not backing off the throttle, the back car can now push the lead car about 20 mph faster that the front car could run alone. Think of it as having twice the horsepower pushing through nearly the same aero drag.

Problem is, with a car fush against his rear bumper the leader can't make any abrupt direction change without basically spinning himself out. That happened several times during the race leading to the record number of caution flags.
 
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