NASCAR at Phoenix: Squelching heat forces Dale Earnhardt Jr. to cool down any way he can – Sporting News

Scorching temperatures at NASCAR’s Camping World 500 in Phoenix is forcing drivers to do anything necessary to keep cool.

In-car temperature reached 144 degrees in Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Nationwide 88 car, and that forced him him to get creative to stave off the heat.

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If you’re wondering, no, stock cars don’t have air conditioning. 

Drivers use ventilation systems in their seats, floors and helmet to manage the extreme heat. However, that’s mainly used to keep air flowing in the car. The ventilation systems only bring the temperature down about 10 degrees.

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