NASCAR driver Ross Chastain used a ‘special’ move to propel his car from the 10th position to the 5th. This trick, however, will certainly demand extensive repairs, so you can do it when the cost is not an issue.
What was the essence of this ‘special’ move? In video games, you can usually press the side of a racing car against the track wall and slide along it, leaving all competitors behind. This trick even has its own name: “wall ride”.
Ross Chastain did exactly the same thing but in the real world. As he admitted later, he was not sure if this strategy would work at all.
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“I played a lot of NASCAR 2005 on the GameCube which I had growing up. I never knew it would actually work,” Chastain explained in his post-race interview.
When faced with the possibility to be eliminated from the race, he immediately decided to perform this heroic but highly risky maneuver.
And it turned out to be a good decision: this way, the driver was able to jump five positions ahead.
Apparently, this strategy only works in relatively short racing tracks such as the Martinswille Speedway, where the race event took place. It is only half a mile long and is the shortest circuit in NASCAR.