Ran a practice race tonight for a league I'll be running with every Tuesday night. The race was at Talladega Superspeedway, a 2.66 mile high-banked superspeedway.
I qualified for the race 6th of 22 with a fairly smooth lap, but was caught up in a wreck on lap 8 of the race.
At the speeds run at this track, when a wreck happens in front of you, all you can do is point the car into the smoke and pray you come out the other side unscathed. The following pic is of the wreck developing in front of me entering turn 1. I back way off the throttle and slam on the brakes, but at 183 mph everything is coming at you pretty quickly. The smoke doesn't help, either.
I got lucky in missing any major contact. Here is me spinning out of control in the middle of turn 1.
While I was fortunate enough to merely take sheet metal damage, aerodynamics are extremely important at tracks like Talladega. Even seemingly cosmetic damage can mean the end of any hopes of being competitive. A shot of my car as the pace car passes by to take the field.
I retired from the race on lap 34 after being lapped. I was unable to keep up with any of the undamaged cars in the race. There's always next week.