Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Guzzling Gas


Stretching fuel mileage has taken on new meaning these days around Charlotte, N.C. Getting gas means getting in line, oftentimes squeezing into a 25-car draft that spills out onto the street.

The current national average is $3.61 a gallon. Charlotte has partly been in gridlock with some pumps pushing $4.19. Residents are taking the bus and bumming rides because even the next station’s “93” pumps carry a grocery bag.

Consider these numbers relating to NASCAR:

A Talladega car holds 19 gallons of gas. Cars can complete 34 laps (90.6 miles) before refueling, with six stops anticipated in Sunday’s 500-miler. Between practice, qualifying and the race, about 135 gallons will be consumed per piece. That amount translates into a Charlotte street value of $540, even though Sunoco supplies the fuel at no charge to NASCAR teams.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Amzy said...

Just woundering if anyone else is going to be at Dega this weekend?

5:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Luck this weekend Brian and Mike, don't get in the "BIG" one! It's our turn to head to the front, we know Brian knows his way around that track.

Go Red Bull!

Sorry to hear about the gas shortage in the South East

4:38 AM  

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