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.

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