Bump drafting. It’s that stock car tactic, popular at the world’s biggest speedways like Talladega and Daytona, which begins as normal slipstreaming, before the following car bumps into the rear of the lead car, enhancing the momentum of both.
Video: How it feels being bump drafted in NASCAR
Sounds pretty straightforward, right? Wrong. If the ‘bump’ is too rough, or performed in the wrong position on the circuit, it can disturb the lead car’s handling and potentially cause a crash.
Luckily, NASCAR pro Joey Logano is experienced enough to be able to handle a bump or two. At age 30, the American racer holds a handful of stock car accolades, including the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship, the 2015 Daytona 500 title, and the 2016 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and the 2017 Advance Auto Parts Clash championships. He is famously the youngest winner in two of NASCAR's three top divisions.
Currently, he contests the NASCAR Cup Series, in the No. 22 Ford Mustang GT for Team Penske, also occasionally driving for the same team in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
Watch from this onboard angle as Logano receives a bump from the pursuing car at Talladega. After glancing in his rear-view mirror, he places both hands on the wheel, anticipating the shunt. Much to the amusement of the commentators, he is thrown back twice in his seat, gripping the wheel and adjusting the steering accordingly…
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