Kickin' it with Keselowski (Cont.)
We've talked about Brett Favre before, but he's under investigation again for possibly violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. Favre allegedly made unwanted sexual advances to several women affiliated with the New York Jets. What do you think the punishment should be, and would you like to see such a personal conduct policy extended to NASCAR?
These are tough questions, because they're more than about our sport or somebody else's sport. They're questions about society, what it is to be an athlete. Are you automatically assumed to be a role model, a question that's been going on for quite awhile.
Our society's sports stars should be held to a little bit higher standard. But is that fair, is that fair to an athlete? A lot of people say, well you make millions of dollars, so you should be able to be an x-y-z, all good person? But is that fair to them? Probably not. Is it true? I think so. So, it's kind of a tough boundary to really define. From what I gather on Brett's deal, he didn't do anything illegal. It doesn't make it right, but it wasn't illegal per se. So I don't know. I don't know where you go for that. I think that's a question for society.
Brad, if you could pick one old track to race on from NASCAR's old days and put it back on the Cup schedule what would it be: Nashville, Rockingham, North Wilkesboro, or somewhere else? -- Ronnie, Knoxville, Tenn.
Nashville. I'd like to do Nashville. It was like a Bristol before Bristol, it's in the downtown area, which is kind of cool. A lot of good races came from there, and it seems like a good ol' racetrack that had a lot of quality short track features.
Sarah Palin. SPIN HER. I respect her for being a woman trying to run for president, and what that stands for. But everything else, I dislike.
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Today's Topic: Clothes
RING ME UP: I'm not a real preppy clothes wearer. I try to be comfortable. I enjoy wearing Adidas athletic wear. I'm a big fan of that, and that's probably what I'll be found the most in. In fact, I'm wearing it right now. Other than that, I try to wear clothes that are European cut because they fit my body build. I'm a big fan of a lot of different types of clothing. I do own Wrangler jeans, and I'm not ashamed to admit that. I own a lot of jeans.
I LOST THE NUMBER: I don't like it when people try too hard, when they over accessorize and so forth. A lot of people like to overdress the situation, I'm the opposite: I like to under dress it. I don't like to let the clothes do the talking, and I'm a big believer in the theory, "It's not the clothes that make the man, it's the man who makes the clothes."
Take us around a lap at Charlotte.
Well, Charlotte is one of the fastest mile-and-a-half tracks, and it doesn't let a lot of credit for it. It was repaved recently, about three or four years ago, and it has a lot of speed. It's also very, very slick because the asphalt has a lot of grip; we always seem to bring a tire that is capable of holding up to it.
The layout of the track is a tri-oval, with dogleg frontstretch-style corners. It's the typical Bruton Smith cookie-cutter, I guess. So it looks from above like Texas or some other tracks, but it's nothing like it. When you enter Turn 1, you have a fairly large elevation change, which is common for this style track, but it's also very narrow. As you turn into the corner, it widens back up. Most of the Bruton/SMI tracks don't do that quite as much. It's got a lot of grip, you carry a lot of speed into the corner, into Turn 1. You can choose between the top and the bottom lane. Usually, the bottom lane is faster, but when we get to the race usually the top lane will open up. But you'll win the race almost always by running the bottom.
The guy that can get into Turn 1 the hardest and roll on that white line is usually the guy to beat. It's always hard to put the throttle down as you're coming up off of 2, whether you're on the top or the bottom. The track kind of gives you a lazy, falling over feel that kind of unhooks the car, makes the back dance around slightly. So you see a lot of people spin out on the exit of 2 all by themselves, it's very common there.
You drive off of Turn 2 with a lot of wheel input, and right when you emerge right from the exit of 2, the track actually has a slight elevation change where it essentially has a dip. It's a pretty substantial dip coming off of Turn 2 that tends to bottom the cars out. And that's right as you merge to the wall. So you'll see a lot of movement to the cars up and down the backstretch. It's common for Charlotte, and you used to have even more before they repaved it, but it still has some.
So you go down the backstretch -- the backstretch is fairly fast, because 1 and 2 are some fairly fast corners -- and then you're at the entrance of Turn 3, which is a narrow, slick corner. Very slick, one of the toughest corners in racing, 3 and 4 at Charlotte. It's because you go into it, and you have to put some huge arc into the corner. So essentially the corner will open up, and the bottom will go away from you. It creates this weird sensation in your mind where you feel like, "I just missed this corner. I need to turn down to get to the bottom." But you don't.
So you hold a real large arc, probably the largest arc in any form of racing, as you go through Turns 3 and 4 of Charlotte. You don't even apex the corner; most people will run the bottom. You're not even apexing the corner of 3 and 4 until way past the center, to give these cars the look of, "Where's he going?" But when you back up and see the corner from the driver's perspective, you can understand that. And back to the other side of it, if you run the top, it can be very treacherous as well, because the track and the way the banking is, it's very hard to see your marks. It's very hard to look ahead. It's one of those tracks where I have to have the windshield of my car painted up very high so I can see around the corner, because it's that steep and there's that much banking.
So you put this large arc into the corner because Turn 4 narrows up. It's very, very narrow on exit and it also loses the banking again. It's fairly similar to the exit of Turn 2 at Darlington, where you want to know, "What were they thinking here?" You have to be very careful, and the car has a tendency to get free and try to spin out while putting the power down. That's because you have so much wheel input into it to make sure you don't hit the wall on exit. And if you get your car to where it doesn't try to spin out right here, of course you push into the wall.
So it's tricky to get off of Turn 4, it's a very narrow corner. The reason you run up high in 3 and 4 is not because it's faster, it's only to give yourself a little more room to turn the car down on exit.
So you carry your run off of Turn 4, that run really sets up the whole lap and it's critical to running a good lap at this track. Once you exit, that sets you up for the front straightaway and you complete your lap.