- Teacher who survived Sandy Hook has book deal
- Jury awards Jesse Ventura $1.8M in case vs. ‘American Sniper’ author Chris Kyle
- Government OKs Arab-owned company to operate U.S. cargo port
- Defense lawyer: McDonnell’s wife had ‘crush’ on CEO
- Chinese hackers stole ‘huge quantities’ of sensitive data on Israel’s Iron Dome
- House unveils bill to speed deportations of illegal immigrant children
- Californians protest middle school for hiring white man to teach cultural studies
- Killer’s sentencing overturned because mother couldn’t find seat in courtroom
- Hillary: ‘Dead broke’ comment was ‘inartful,’ but insists it was ‘accurate’
- Fla. mom arrested for allowing 7-year-old son to walk to park alone
A dryer Daytona in the plans
Question of the Day
DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (AP) - Daytona is going dry.
No, not in the stands, where fans attending the Daytona 500 can still drink and have fun watching the race.
On the track.
NASCAR has a new track drying system that will debut during Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway. The device should reduce track drying time, perhaps up to 80 percent. NASCAR is calling the system the “Air Titan.” The machine pushes water off the track and onto an apron where vacuum trucks will remove the remainder of the moisture. Jet dryers will follow the Air Titan, drying all excess water left on the racing surface.
Last year’s Daytona 500 was plagued by rain and the race was moved to a Monday for the first time.
The track-drying trucks will not be on the track with other cars. Juan Pablo Montoya sparked a giant fireball in last year’s race when he crashed into a jet dryer loaded with fuel.
Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’s senior vice president of racing operations, said this was only phase one of the project.
“It was something that was thought about, but I think obviously sped up after having to move that race to Monday for the first time ever,” he said. “When we really looked at it, there’s been no new technology since 1976. It was kind of like, `What are we doing?’”
- Boehner rules out impeachment: 'Scam started by Democrats'
- Obama: 'Not a new Cold War,' but new Russia sanctions announced
- Federal judge grants 90-day stay in D.C. gun case
- Obama thanks Muslims for 'building the very fabric of our nation'
- GOP Senate candidate: Obama needs to visit Central America
- Smugglers, rainstorm combine to poke holes in border fence
- Murdered teen texted boyfriend: 'OMG ... I think I'm being kidnapped'
- D.C. seeks to stay judge's order allowing gun owners to carry in public
- Kerry's credibility questioned as fighting in Gaza rages
- Jury awards Jesse Ventura $1.8M in defamation case
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world