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The Silver Crown car is a direct descendant of the traditional open-wheel oval-track racing car that dominated American racing for decades. The current iteration, reflecting the realities of the 21st century, is designed to run on big superspeedways as well as short ovals. While its design is quite sophisticated, the basic premise of the Silver Crown car is not: just pack lots of horsepower in a straightforward tube-frame chassis with beam axles front and rear and virtually no aerodynamic downforce to help you through the corners and press the tires to the pavement everywhere. With 819-horsepower from its alcohol-fueled V8, this 1,650-lb bullet can spin its tires pretty much all the way down the straightaway. So you’d best know where you’re aiming when you pull the trigger!

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