Titanic Effort

NASCAR Wire Service Monday, May 06 1487

NASCAR's new Air Titan track-drying system got its first major test of the season and had a substantial impact on the racing schedule at Talladega.

Thanks to faster drying through the use of compressed air--and augmented by traditional jet dryers--Air Titan lengthened a hole between rain and darkness that allowed 110 of 117 scheduled laps to be completed in the Aaron's 312 Nationwide Series race on Saturday.

When Sunday's Sprint Cup race was interrupted by rain, Air Titan went to work after two separate showers and dramatically cut the time need to dry the 2.66-mile superspeedway, NASCAR's longest closed course.

About the only person who might have a bone to pick with Air Titan is Carl Edwards, who likely would have won a rain-shortened race had Air Titan not been there to expedite the drying process.

Edwards instead finished third when the race went the distance