Here are a few of the words, with their meanings, that you might just hear around the NASCAR or any racing circuit or in a conversation between NASCAR and other race fans.  - Most sporting arenas will have certain words or terms which they use to refer to particular aspect of a game - from phrases which you might hear being used on the PartyPoker site, to those which are frequently popular with football managers. For those keen to gain a better understanding of the racing circuit, take a look below to find out the meanings of some of the words, acronyms and phrases which you might expect to encounter.

Alabama Gang -
A group of drivers who all come from a small town in Alabama, by the name of Hueytown. Some of the drivers from this small town are, Bobby & Donnie Allison, Hut Stricklin and Red Farmer... Also from Hueytown were, Davey & Cliff Allison as well as Neil Bonnett (sadly stated, but Davey, Cliff and Neil are no longer with us).

Bootlegger's Turn -
Used to run from a police road block. A complete U-turn, usually done by turning the steering wheel hard to the left or right and stepping on the gas at the same time to spin the car completely around and head off in the opposite direction.

Brake Fade -
Caused by the brake fluid getting so hot during a race, that it begins to boil, releasing air into the brake lines. When this happens, a drivers brake pedal when pushed, can go all the way to the floorboard.

Busch Grand National -
Racing circuit, one step below the Winston Cup Series.

Acronym for Championship Auto Racing Teams

Craftsman Truck Series -
A NASCAR circuit which uses truck bodies on stock car chassis, developed because of the growing number of truck owners in America

Flags -
Flags are used to let drivers know certain information while they are racing.

Formula One -
A mostly European racing sport involving the latest technology. Races are held worldwide, and at times the cars race on the common streets.

Fuel Cell -
A mandatory container for carrying fuel in all NASCAR cars. It is a twenty-two-gallon bladder in a metal tank that prevents fuel spillage during a accident.

Go-Kart -
A small low-powered racer, mostly used and raced by younger drivers.

Acronym for the Indy Racing League. It was designed to compete with CART.

Modified -
A NASCAR approved car that has been altered from the usual factory model.

Pole -
The number one starting position in a race. It is the inside , front row spot at the start and goes to whoever runs the fastest timed lap during qualifying or whoever wins a qualifying race.

Oversteer -
A condition known as being loose, where the car doesn't respond well to the drivers steering. When the driver turns the wheel the car will swing too far, and puts the driver in danger of having an accident.

Rear Spoiler -
A blade mounted on the rear deck lid of the car designed to alter the air flow sweeping over the car. The angle of the rear spoiler plays a important part on the downward air pressure that is applied to the car, which effects how the car will handle.

Restrictor Plate -
A plate that is attached between the carburetor and the air intake. It restricts the amount of air to the engine and reduces the power of the engine.

Setup -
All the various adjustments made to the cars engine, aerodynamics, tires, brakes, etc., for racing that particular day and at that particular track.

Stagger -
Use of different-size tires on different wheels to make the car handle better during a race. For example, at the usual track where the cars only turn left, mounting slightly larger tires on the two right wheels gives the car more traction on the ride side when turning left. 


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How the Raybestos Rookie of the Year Works:

The point systems that are used to determine the Raybestos Rookie of the Year in NASCAR's top three divisions is very different from the NASCAR point system that is used.

To remain eligible for the Rookie of the Year award, the driver must qualify for 8 of the 20 first races of the season.

Drivers can cannot participate in more than 7 Cup races in one season to maintain their rookie status for the following season.

The rookie point system is determined by the following:

1. Only the driver's best 17 races are counted in head-to-head competition in the Winston Cup Series, 16 for the Busch Series and 14 in the Craftsman Truck Series.

2. One point is awarded for each race in which a rookie of the year candidate qualifies and is eligible for championship points [not a post entry for example].

3. A 10-1 point system is in place for the rookies according to where they finish in the race in relation to the other rookies. The highest finishing rookie in each race earns 10 points; the second highest finishing rookie earns nine points, and so on.

4. Each rookie contender will receive bonus points for a finish in the top 10. If a rookie finishes 10th, he will be awarded one point. If a rookie finishes in fifth place, he will receive six points and for a win the rookie will receive 10 bonus points.

5. Bonus points are also awarded to each rookie after race number 10, 20 and the final race [36]. The candidate with the most Winston Cup or Busch Series championship points accumulated in each segment will receive 10 bonus points; the candidate earning the second highest number of points receives nine, and so on.

6. Following the final race of the season, the highest ranking rookie in Winston Cup, Busch, and the Truck Series receives an extra 10 bonus points, the second highest rookie receives nine points, and so on.

7. There is also a Rookie of the Year panel for the Winston Cup, Busch, and Craftsman Trucks. The panel has the right to penalize any rookie for conduct or acts that might discredit or reflect unfavorably upon NASCAR.

8. During the final weekend of the season in each series, the panel meets to discuss the Rookie of the Year candidates and each competitor is evaluated on three criteria:

A. Conduct with the officials in the garage and pit areas,
B. Conduct and awareness on the track, and
C. Personal appearance and relationship with the media.

The voting in the three areas will consist of a 10-1 point system. Voting may be distributed by a panel member in any way that he/she chooses. Total points will be averaged from each panel member's ballot. The points derived from the panel will be added to the entry, competition, and bonus points after the final race of the season to determine the overall Rookie of the Year winner in each division.

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