Topping off the tank of bewilderment with l'essence of enlightenment

ESPN The Magazine's Answer Guy digs around to find out why the field for NASCAR Sprint Cup races is 43 cars.

Updated: April 5, 2008, 10:18 PM ET
By Answer Guy | ESPN The Magazine

Why are there 43 cars in a NASCAR Sprint Cup race?

Ramsey Poston, NASCAR corporate communications managing director: Because that's what the rule book states.

Some help you are.

Buzz McKim, NASCAR historian: The whole thing is kind of murky.

Murky is bad.

InsiderRacing News.com: Different tracks used to start different numbers of cars in each race based on how many pit stalls were available.

Now it's getting clearer.

McKim: Yeah, starting fields ...

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