View from atop the pit box offers Cup drivers a bird's-eye perspective

What do you get when Cup drivers act as crew chiefs for wide-eyed contest winners trying to turns laps at super-fast Lowe's Motor Speedway? The need for speed, writes David Newton.

Updated: December 10, 2008, 3:24 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CONCORD, N.C. -- Kasey Kahne stood atop the Petty Driving Experience hauler trying to coax the man behind the wheel of his familiar No. 9 Budweiser Dodge to step on the gas as he entered Turn 3 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

"Try to get a little more out of it if you can," Kahne says as nicely as possible into the radio headset.

Denny Hamlin looked at the speed chart, noticing the last lap took 64 seconds. That's approximately 84 mph if you're doing the math.

"A ...

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