Compare and Contrast Nascar Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series Cars

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Comparing NASCAR Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series Cars Paul Bazan ENG121: English Composition I Instructor: Cortney Philip June 11, 2012 Comparing NASCAR Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series Cars Watching NASCAR racing can be confusing for a person that just started watching the sport. There are three main series or classes that are raced: Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series, and Camping World Truck Series. This essay will focus on the Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series cars. To the untrained eye, these different classes look and drive the same. This essay will show that the engine, body and aerodynamics packages, fuel delivery systems, cockpit, and weight are some differences between the two classes. It will also show that the brake setups, suspension setups, transmissions, and tires are shared between the two classes. Knowing these differences and similarities may lead people to enjoy each of these different series of races as their own class of racing. When looking at two cars that look almost identical but you know one is clearly faster than the other is, the first thing you ask yourself is, “How much bigger is that car’s engine compared to the other?”. NASCAR states that both series have a 5.8-liter V8 engine, however the Sprint Cup Series car puts out 850 horsepower, greater than the Nationwide Series’ car, which puts out 650 horsepower. Until this year, this was due to the smaller carburetor on the Nationwide Series cars, which flows 390 cubic feet of air per minute, much less than the 750 cubic feet of air per minute by Sprint Cup cars. At the beginning of this racing season, the Sprint Cup cars were switched to a much more efficient electronic fuel injection delivery system, saving fuel and cutting emissions. There are subtle differences in the body design as well. It is like looking at two of the same model of car but

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