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  • an undesirable condition of the race car. This is when the car's set up causes the back end of the car to overtake the front end while entering or exiting a turn. NASCAR teams are experts in adjusting the race car quickly during pit stops to make the car tighter or looser depending on the condition of the car. Some cars will get looser as the longer they run without new tires or as the track heats up or cools down.
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  • When the back end of the car loses traction and slides around to the right toward the outside wall. This usually happens entering or exiting a corner
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  • (Also referred to as "free" or "oversteer.") A condition created when the back end of the vehicle wants to overtake the front end when it is either entering or exiting a turn. In qualifying mode teams walk a fine line creating a setup that "frees the vehicle up" as much as possible without causing the driver to lose control.
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  • Also known as "oversteer." When the rear tires of the car have trouble sticking in the corners. This causes the car to "fishtail" as the rear end swings outward during turns. A minor amount of this effect can be desirable on certain tracks.
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