The Greatest Cheats in NASCAR History


Smokey Yunick

Smokey Yunick was as unpre­dictable as his cars. Always look­ing to imple­ment into his equip­ment what the rule book didn’t say, he kept inspec­tors on their toes, not to men­tion his dri­vers. ISC Archives/Getty Images

Cheat­ing in motor­sport is far from a new prob­lem, but the ways in which peo­ple cheat evolves as fast as new tech­nolo­gies develop.

From extended & elon­gated fuel lines to the unusual use of bas­ket­balls, the NASCAR series in the USA has some wild sto­ries of its own to tell.

Pop­u­lar Mechan­ics has a break­down of what it thinks are the top con­tenders for the low­est rung. Sur­pris­ingly, not all of them met with the oppro­brium you might expect them to be, but their inge­nu­ity is still remem­bered, decades on.


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