What We Do (cont.)
STOCK CARS refer to automobiles that have not been modified from their original factory specifications, as opposed to race cars which are custom-designed and specially built for racing. “PURE STOCKS” are street vehicles with a few extra safety features. LATE MODELS are the highest and most sophisticated class of stock car racing at local tracks. The various categories are outwardly similar in appearance with angular fiberglass bodies and low roof lines. PRO LATE MODELS use factory-crate engines which control costs, and speed. However, most late models are heavily modified vehicles that bear only a superficial resemblance to their street counterparts, and are, in fact, racing machines. SUPER LATE MODELS are among the fastest and most expensive cars on the asphalt short track with powerful custom-built V-8 engines, generating from 600 to more than 850 horsepower, and capable of cornering at high speeds. Late model racing on asphalt short tracks serves as a proving ground for drivers with NASCAR aspirations, the epitome of professional stock car racing.
The GLS (Great Lakes Super) Mini Cups are 1/2 the size, but twice the fun. Smaller in size, and less expensive to purchase and maintain than their full size counterparts, these NASCAR Cup style cars can reach speeds approaching 100 mph, and are the perfect class for entry level drivers or those on a limited budget.
Modified racing got its start after WWII. Changes made to passenger cars enabled them to perform at higher speeds, and gain a competitive advantage. Today’s NSTA (National Short Track Alliance) TOP SPEED MODIFIED cars have undergone so many changes that they bear little resemblance beyond the frame to any standard production vehicle.
SPRINT cars, with high-powered V-8 engines ranging from 305 to 410 cubic inches, and capable of generating from 450 to nearly 900 horsepower, are perfectly designed to run on oval short tracks. With no battery, no starter, and no transmission, and averaging only 1400 pounds, sprints weigh significantly less than most race cars. They require a push from another vehicle to get started, but when they do, these open-wheeled cars fly around the track at speeds in excess of 100 mph. Sprint cars began sprouting WINGS over their noses and cockpits in the 1970’s. To the average fan, winged sprints may look like giant bumblebees ready to take flight, but the angle of the wings actually creates more downforce and traction, not lift, decreasing the risk of going airborne, and enabling these lightweight racers to take corners at faster speeds than sprint cars without wings. The giant wings also provide a “crushable” structure, lessening the impact on the driver in the event of a crash. The more traditional NON-WINGED sprint cars are not as fast, but with less traction, they have been know to slide around corners, do “wheelies,” and be involved in more spectacular crashes.