If you’ve read my About page, you know that I’ve had experience in racing chargers and modifieds, taking the championship in both, as well as second place season finishes in late models and super pro trucks. I’ve also enjoyed wins in both the truck and multi-crate modified championships. For those who are new to racing, you may be wondering what each of these categories are all about. We've decided to start a blog series to share more details on this topic.
Let’s start with modified racing, also referred to as modifieds. It’s a type of racing that involves purpose-built cars, competing on an oval track. First established in the United States after World War II, this type of racing was characterized by the modification of passenger cars in pursuit of higher speeds, hence the name.
Modified racing began as race car drivers modified their cars to gain an advantage over their fellow competitors. What started out as minor modifications to the cars has now grown to the point that most modified classes are no longer based on any current production vehicles.
NASCAR was instrumental in modified racing's beginnings. Some of NASCAR's pioneers were veteran modified racers even long before NASCAR's inception.
Sanctioning bodies, such as NASCAR and ASA, each specify different body styles and engine sizes. The cars are easy to identify. These modifieds sit on large slick tires that are exposed on all four corners of the car. The roofs of these cars are more rounded and their bodies look narrow and flat. They have large, 8-inch-high (200 mm), spoilers on the rear of the cars. The driver sits on the left side of the car, and almost all of the time will have some type of small plastic windshield in front of him or her.
NASCAR fact: The NASCAR Whelen Modified series is the only remaining NASCAR series from its original season in 1948.
We’re happy to share details about the race types that we enjoy and in which I compete. Stay tuned for more. Next up: SK modified and chargers.