When it comes to matters of the mind, NASCAR teams will go to great lengths to psyche out opponents.
Trash talk? That's for amateurs. Buzzing another driver on the track? Usually that does more damage than good.
With the battle between Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson coming down to three final events, the head games have escalated in the garage. But not to the degree you might think - at least off the track.
Yes, the rap music is still blaring from the No. 2 Penske Racing stall. No, there is no pre-Hair Club for Men picture of crew chief Chad Knaus hanging from the tool box. Yes, there are faux wireless systems allegedly downloading data from Keselowski's electronic control unit back to Penske Racing. No, Johnson did not remain in his car after his qualifying lap for 34 minutes simply because he was "superstitious."
"It doesn't mean anything, but may as well," Johnson said. "At this point in the season, you have to pull out the stops."
There are head games and there are head...