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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