NASCAR’s 2007 Daytona 500 – further proof of the slight edge

You may have noticed by now that I tend to push the concept of the slight edge. IE: Continuous small improvements. Little hinges swing big doors, that sort of thing.

If you missed the race yesterday as I did, look at today’s USA Today. On the front of the sports section, there’s a picture at the finish line showing the winner crossing the finish line ahead of the 2nd place car.
After 500 miles, the difference between the day’s best/luckiest driver/team and the 2nd best/luckiest driver/team is….

0.02 seconds, or about the depth of the bumper of the race car.

Wonder how many times Mark Martin replayed in his mind all the things that he did on that last lap, while supposedly waiting for the yellow.

Look at how close Olympic class races are over the last 20 years. There are plenty of examples where a slight edge (often less than a second) would mean the difference between gold and silver. Between winning and “losing”. Between reaching what they’ve worked 20 years for and …. not.

What can you adjust today?