Efficiency personified: Sprint All-Star Race logo painted on Charlotte Motor Speedway infield in just 3 hours (video)

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How many times have you gone to a NASCAR race and marveled at – or at least wondered about – the painted designs, typically the name of that weekend’s event, on the infield grass?

Certainly, something like that takes days, if not weeks to design, draw and paint, right?

Not for Alan Jones, one of the most proficient infield artists in motorsports. When it came time to laying down the logo in the middle of the frontstretch grass at Charlotte Motor Speedway for Saturday’s Sprint All-Star Race, Jones didn’t waste time.

This past Tuesday, it took Jones and his four-man crew all of THREE HOURS from start to finished product! You can see a time-lapse video of Jones and his staff doing their thing below, courtesy of The Charlotte Observer.

Jones tells The Observer that he kind of fell into what has been one of his primary jobs for nearly 40 years. It was in 1976 and Jones was a billboard painter.

While working at the Speedway painting more mundane things like men’s and women’s bathrooms and concession stands, he was asked if he could literally paint grass.

A new career and art form of sorts was born, with Jones having gone on to paint countless race logos at a number of racetracks across the country.

Like a crew chief on race day, Jones oversees everything while at the same time not afraid to get his hands dirty … uh, err, covered with paint, that is.

Check out the video below. It tells a heck of a story.

 

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NHRA: Brittany Force cleared to race this weekend in Phoenix after bad wreck 2 weeks ago

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Drag racing is a Force family tradition. So, too, is not keeping a Force family member down.

Just 12 days after the most serious wreck of her six-year drag racing career, Brittany Force and John Force Racing announced late Thursday afternoon that the defending 2017 NHRA Top Fuel champion has been medically cleared and will indeed race in this weekend’s NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in suburban Phoenix, Arizona.

“I flew into Phoenix early this (Thursday) morning and headed straight out to the race track to meet up with my team,” Force said. “I suited up and got belted back into my car that I ran all last season.

“It honestly felt good to be strapped back in and I was surprised how comfortable I was. I’m looking forward to getting back in my car tomorrow (Friday’s first two rounds of qualifying) and getting back in the swing of things with my guys.”

The 31-year-old Force, one of four daughters of 16-time NHRA Funny Car champ John Force, suffered a concussion and bruising after the hard crash she was involved in on February 11 in the first round of eliminations of the season-opening NHRA Lucas Oil Winternationals in Pomona, California.

Shortly after leaving the starting line in a race vs. Terry Haddock, Force’s dragster crossed from the right to left lanes, impacted the retaining wall with a very hard lateral crash, bounced off, spun, went on its side and briefly caught fire after crossing the finish line wheels-up.

While she is still recovering from the bruising, Force feels strong enough to get back behind the wheel. Getting back in the race car could be the best medicine of all, since she has three runner-up finishes in Phoenix, including back-to-back second-place showings in both the 2016 and 2017 national events.

The three-day event kicks off Friday with qualifying rounds at 4 and 6:30 p.m. ET, the same times as Saturday’s qualifying. Final eliminations begin at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.