Since quite a few races have come down to fuel mileage this season, many fans have been asking how drivers manage to squeeze every drop out of their fuel cells to cruise to victory. So Frontstretch’s Kurt Smith did some research and lists his top-10 suggestions for drivers to save gas out there….
10. Make sure tires are properly inflated – the president says proper tire inflation could even diminish our dependence on foreign oil.
9. Let other cars pass you on the pace laps if need be, provided your t-shirt sales are above a certain level.
8. Replace the air filter every 10,000 miles or so, but not during a green-flag stop.
7. Switch over to “Prius Motor” (Toyota only).
6. Get out of the gas sooner, don’t punch the throttle too much, shift into higher gear and get back into the gas later. In other words, completely forget everything you know about how to race.
5. Race in a friggin’ car that doesn’t have so much friggin’ drag!
4. Keep throwing debris from the car onto the track in hopes that the caution stays out until nightfall.
3. Sneak a copy of The Better Gas Mileage Book from the Shell Answer Series into the pits when the Sunoco people aren’t looking.
2. Suggest to NASCAR that maybe a bigger fuel cell might reduce the number of fuel-mileage races, and be ready to play the “restrictor-plate card” if they start mumbling about safety concerns.
1. Fart in a jar!