If you’re thinking that I’m referencing some affectionate term, think again! In the car world, a “Love Tap” is something quite, quite different.
In oval (or circle) track racing, a love tap is the pushing and shoving and bumping that constantly happens with all the cars going together in the pack. A love tap is usually a sign to pull off to the side, speed up, or get run over! I’ll speed up. . .Sorry Mom (NOT!)!
Here’s a picture of a Love Tap in NASCAR:
That is the love tap where somebody has to find a new car. . .Tony Stewart hit Jeff Gordon back in 2001 (I know!) and sent Gordon spinning into the wall at Bristol Motor Speedway.