Skip to main content

Middle School    |    Daily Do

Why Are NASCAR Crashes So Dangerous?

Sign in as a member or guest user to download resources.

Why Are NASCAR Crashes So Dangerous?

Is Lesson Plan Physical Science Middle School

Sensemaking Checklist

Lesson Overview

Grade band: 6-8

Through video clips, students experience crashes (between cars and between cars and the track wall) that occurred during NASCAR races, which raises this question: How do speed and mass (weight) affect the amount of damage to a race car in a collision? Students use a computer simulation to collect collision data, then look for patterns in these data to help determine if mass and/or speed affect the amount of damage cars sustain in a collision. Students also use evidence to support a claim about which of the two factors—mass (weight) or speed—causes more damage to the car.



          - Clip A: 2:30–3:08

          - Clip B: 4:51–6.07

          - Clip C: 14.41–15.08

Note: This video is no longer available on YouTube. You can substitute with one of the following videos. We recommend you play clips with the sound off. 

Top 70 NASCAR Crashes of the 2020 Season

Biggest & Hardest NASCAR Crashes Of 2021

Asset 2