Wrench’s Fact- What’s your Racing Style?

Whether you realize it or not, each racer has their own style when it comes to winning a race. As you’ll see, each of these racing styles has their own weaknesses and strengths. However, you will often find that the racers who consistently finish near the top have chosen a style that fits their personality and then, through hard work and perseverance, perfected it by minimizing its weaknesses and maximizing its strengths.

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Run and Gun

Run and Gun racers provide some of the most interesting races on the tracks. Their primary goal each race is to stay in the thick of the action by constantly shooting their opponents and staying with the pack. These racers live for thrill of dusting their opponents and gradually pulling ahead after devastating their opponents. To hang with this crowd, you must be one tough cookie!

Lead Driver

Lead Drivers are their own special breed. This select group solely relies on speed and handling. Rather than collecting ammo, they focus on amassing as much nitro as they can in order to gain a large lead. These racers are unconcerned with their opponents and ignore retaliation because they are so intent on achieving maximum speed and working their way to a massive lead. However, lead drivers tend to struggle and lose close races if they can’t establish a big lead.

Support

Support drivers are by far the rarest type found on the race track. Support drivers usually work as a team with a lead driver or two and focus on helping them win the race. Rather than seeking glory for themselves, Support drivers use their weapons and cunning to slow down other racers allowing their teammates focus on building a substantial lead. These team players are not concerned with earning the top podium spot for themselves but rather seek to better their team as a whole.

The Late Bloomer

Late Bloomers are all about high risk and high reward. Easily the source of the most exciting finishes, Late Bloomers focus on establishing their lead as late as possible. These racers stay in the middle of the pack for most of the race, but unlike Run and Gun racers, they keep a low profile. Because they are often overlooked and typically don’t surface as a threat until late in the race, Late Bloomers lull their opponents into a false sense of security. However, during the last half lap or so, these drivers spring into action and do whatever it takes to eek out a win.

Now that you know a little bit more about these different racing styles, be sure to head out to the track and try them out. Once you find a style that suits your personality best, make sure to practice it and build your car in a way that can maximize its strengths.

Wrench’s Facts- Perfecting the Turn

Do tracks with lots of curves and turns scare you? Do you often find yourself falling behind on those tight corners? Most racers don’t realize that making the perfect turn isn’t all about handling- in fact, all aspects of the car contribute to its ability to round a corner.

When approaching a corner, be sure to take an exterior approach. This means that if you are turning left, you should be on the far right side of the track. Taking an exterior approach will help to decrease the angle of the turn, allowing you to maintain a higher speed.

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Surprisingly, when rounding a corner, you should apply your brakes as late as possible but before you actually start to turn. By driving straight and slowing down rapidly, your car will slow down faster. However be sure not to brake too much!

As you enter the curve, accelerate enough to maintain a constant speed throughout the turn. This is where your car’s suspension and handling will make an impact. A car’s handling directly impacts the speed at which it can make a turn. Similarly, a car’s suspension will help to keep all of the tires on the ground, although too much suspension can make it difficult to control. Once you are ready to start exiting the turn, be sure to progressively increase your acceleration while decreasing your turning.

In conclusion, just as mentioned before, it’s not only your cars handling but also its speed, acceleration, and off-road attributes that contribute to the perfect turn. Be sure to head over to the mechanics shop and use your new knowledge to tune your car for the next big race! -Wrench

Dragons and Scorpions Rivalry

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A long time ago, before the zombies attacked and the Scorpion racers came together, lived many racing crews. These early days of racing were dominated by a few select crews- the Dragons, the Panthers, and the Tigers. The Tigers’ strength was in their ability to build extremely fast cars that could cut through the air at such a speed, they could barely be heard. While this speed was a great offensive strategy, they often lacked a critical defensive tactic, firepower. While the Panthers were just the opposite, creating the best firepower they could muster, with their elite scientists, yet lacking with their speed. The Dragons, however, prided themselves on their ability to both build fast cars and make strong weapons. Over time, this allowed the Dragons to become the strongest crew on the streets.

However, during their rise to the top, internal trouble arose. The Dragons were led by their fearless leader Torch. Under Torch, the Dragons strictly held to their most absolute law- no Dragon can celebrate after a win. This rule embodied the Dragon mindset; they believe that there was no need to celebrate each win because they had won many times before and only saw victory in their future. This firm belief was just one of the things that set the Dragons apart from other racing crews.

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However, Sting, a young rising star within the Dragons, refused to hold to this standard. He believed that each win was a display of hard work and desire to win and that celebrating was a way of showing passion for the sport of racing. Torch believed that if Sting was allowed to remain a Dragon, he would corrupt the other members and cause the Dragons to lose respect in the eyes of other racing crews. After Torch confronted Sting and he refused to change his ways, Torch was forced to dismiss Sting from the Dragons.

As a result, Sting was compelled to rise up and bring a new power to the tracks. From here, the Scorpions were born. The Scorpions soon became a top-tiered racing force and were the rising competitors for the Dragons. Eventually, as Scorpions and Dragons dominated the raceway, the other teams had moved on and left this ancient rival to continue their feud in ‘The Circuit’. Each side is always looking for new recruits, to join the ranks, and to help win the ultimate battle.

Real Life Racers: an Introduction to NASCAR

NASCAR stands for the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing, and is one of the biggest car racing organizations in the world. NASCAR organizes such events such as the Sprint Cup series, the Nationwide Series, and the Camping World Truck Series. The Sprint Cup is the most prestigious of the three, and the one most people think of when they think of NASCAR.

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The major races in the Sprint Cup are the Daytona 500, the Aaron’s 499, and the Coca-Cola 600. If a driver wins all three of those races, they are considered a Triple Crown winner, as those are the “major” races in the Sprint Cup series. The Coca-Cola 600, held in Concord, North Carolina, is the longest NASCAR race at over 600 miles long. The Aaron’s 499, held in Talladega, Alabama, is known as the fastest NASCAR race. The Daytona 500, held in Daytona Beach, Florida, is considered the most prestigious of the NASCAR races, and one of the most historic. NASCAR essentially got its start in Daytona Beach, with informal car races held there in the early twentieth century.

Some of the top drivers today are Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick.

Jimmie Johnson, who drives the No. 48 car, is the only NASCAR driver to ever win five Sprint Cup championships in a row. He is not only considered one of the top drivers, but one of the top athletes in the world due to his success racing stock cars.

Jeff Gordon is one of the most famous NASCAR drivers of all time. He has the third most wins out of any NASCAR driver ever. His team is nicknamed the “Rainbow Warriors” because of the distinctive rainbow color scheme on the car and suit.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is one of the most popular NASCAR drivers, winning the Most Popular Driver Award ten times in a row. Earnhardt’s father, Dale Earnhardt, was one of the greatest NASCAR drivers of all time before he met his untimely end during the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500.

Danica Patrick was originally an IndyCar driver, switching over to NASCAR in 2011. Not only was Patrick the first woman to win an Indy car race, but she also has the best finish by a woman in a NASCAR top-circuit race, as well as the first woman to win a pole position and the first woman to lead a lap at the 500. Due to her success as a woman in a dominantly male sport, Danica Patrick is one of the most well-known drivers in the world.

NASCAR is one of the most popular sporting events in the United States, drawing the biggest crowds and some of the biggest television audiences. Do you or your family watch NASCAR?

3…2…1…SLED!

The snow is piling up in parts of the world and there are so many things you can do: make a snow angel, have a snow ball fight, and even go sledding. Have you ever gone sledding before?

To begin sledding, you will need:

  • A sled
  • A snowy hill
  • Warm clothes
  • A parent/guardian or a friend

Sit on a sled at the top of a snowy hill and hold on tight. Challenge your friends to a sledding race and crown the winner: Sled Racing Champion.

Although sleds are now used to race and have fun while sliding down those snowy slopes, in the past sleds were used by Native Americans to survive. Did you know that today’s sled actually originated in Canada and were originally known as “toboggans?” Snow sleds at this time, and in this region, were the best way to move heavy things. Around the 1800s, snow sleds began carrying people and soon enough, it became the fun and fast winter activity that we know today.

If you want to play in the snow but want to stay warm, you can also race your friends at the Eat My Dust snow-themed race tracks like Snowy Cliffs. Beat out the rest by challenging other racers on these awesome tracks this winter season.

So, what are you waiting for? Find a friend and start the race—hold on tight…get ready…set…go!

Amp Up Your Garage Today!

You push yourself to the limit while you’re burning rubber around the tracks at turbo speeds, so why shouldn’t you make sure your garage is always operating at full voltage?  When you go to your garage to juice up, you can customize your car with the latest and most powerful weapons, replace old parts so your car can compete at hyper speeds, and even decorate a space where you can refuel when you’re not fighting off zombies or flying around the track in your amped up hot rod. Visit “My Garage Shop” to get all the latest room decorations, furniture, gadgets, and wallpaper.

Your garage will stand out amongst all your friends’ garages if you can unlock the hottest items in Eat My Dust by moving up in the ranks.

Head over to EatMyDust now to update your garage!