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NASCAR Notes - Rudd shows off fancy footwork on road courses

Posted: Thursday, June 24, 2004

SONOMA, Calif. Some stock car drivers have strange ways of getting around road courses. Some take it slow and easy; some attack each corner. Some cut the corners by driving through the dirt; others just try to hang on.

Ricky Rudd uses one foot to simultaneously work both the clutch and the brakes.

"The proper technique is to use your right toe on the brake and rotate your heel to match revs," Rudd said in preparation for Sunday's Dodge/Save Mart 350 at the Infineon Raceway. "I could never get the car to slow down enough because I didn't have enough strength in my legs because you were pushing the pedal much harder than you are in a sports car."

Rudd said he doesn't like taking his foot off the gas pedal because he wants the engine to stay revved while he's shifting.

All that may sound confusing, but Rudd's footwork is so incredible, FOX will have an in-car camera aimed at his feet during the race to show how he works all three pedals at the same time with just two feet.

NO ESCAPING CONTROVERSY: There weren't any problems during last Sunday's race at the Michigan International Speedway other than watching the third consecutive race finish under caution but that doesn't mean NASCAR escaped controversy.

There were plenty of problems during Saturday night's Busch Series race at the Kentucky Speedway.

Race leader Greg Biffle was penalized for speeding on pit road and Robby Gordon was ticketed for taking off too soon on a re-start following a caution period. Both were critical of NASCAR's policies. And other drivers were upset about NASCAR's scoring

"I would like to have a talk with the guy that's doing the timing there, but nobody will cop to it," Biffle said. "This is the second time they've done this to me and it's (bull). There is no way I was speeding."

Stock cars don't have speedometers, but drivers rely on tachometers to know their speeds. Before each race, the pace car sets the speed limit for pit road and drivers mark that speed with their tachometers.

SAVE THE CHICKENS: Dale Earnhardt Jr. isn't taking any calls from Pamela Anderson.

He already knows what the actress/Playboy model wants to talk about: His affiliation with sponsor KFC.

Anderson has tried several times to reach Earnhardt Jr. to ask him to break his ties with the fast-food restaurant that specializes in fried chicken.

She is upset that some poultry farmers that provide chickens to KFC may act cruelly toward the birds before they're killed.



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