NASCAR teams are always looking for an advantage.
And with parity of the race cars - even in the advent of the Generation 6 model -- being at an all-time high among the top organizations, finding an edge over the competition is critical.
In Sunday's Kobalt Tools 400, NASCAR recorded 22 lead changes at the start/finish line - the most since 2007, the last race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway before the Car of Tomorrow was introduced. According to loop data stats - which measures cumulative data electronically using 10 loops around each track - the number of green-flag passes Sunday was 2,342 compared to 1,301 in 2012. Changes for the lead around the track occurred 31 times - more than double last year's number (15).
Still, on the track during long green runs, there were drivers in the pack craving clean air to make their cars function more effectively for passing. If the team hasn't qualified up front to begin the race, the driver can rely on three areas to improve position once he or...