Spinning In NASCAR Is Like Looking A Miata In The Eyes, Err, Headlamps

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Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s spin caused the first caution of today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway, but it’s one of the shortest tracks on the schedule, so he still has a good chance to claw back onto the lead lap.

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Either way, you have to admit that the aerodynamic devices that help NASCAR race cars stay stable when they lose control remind you of a certain first-generation Mazda roadster’s front end. Who knew Miatas had so much in common with purpose-built Sprint Cup cars?

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Stef Schrader

Contributor, Jalopnik. 1984 "Porschelump" 944 race car, 1971 Volkswagen 411 race car, 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS.