NASCAR Modified Cars

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NASCAR Modified Cars

Early race drivers were conventional thrill seekers. Some accounts say that they are bootleggers and gangsters. And they are the forerunners of race drivers. That's how racing evolved. At that time, vehicles were rich men's possession with most owners being professionals and had more things going on than racing. The next majority were those individuals who engaged in illegal business, particularly moonshining when most of America was under the Alcohol Prohibition Act that allowed them enough wealth to purchase the fastest, the most showy and expensive cars,. With plenty of time and lots of money, the concept of stock car racing was born.

That's how NASCAR uses 'stock' cars for racing, as opposed to specially built cars of other racing tournaments like Formula One and NHRA. When the founder William France Sr. formed NASCAR, he had exclusive intentions to use 'stock' models, cars that are normally available to the general public without too much alteration. Such regulation would make certain that race cars aren't modified to such degree that one type of car would have a huge advantage over the next one. And the regulation is at large what made NASCAR the most successful race tournament in history.

While in the past, entry level drivers have stock cars that are most often used on daily obligations as well on racetracks, NASCAR entry cars of more recent times are far from the cars that emerge from production. The only semblance for stock material would be perhaps the body template, yet that is speaking generously. The chassis, running gear, tires and even the carburetor (as most late car models now use fuel injection) of a NASCAR modified car is a far cry from what we should call stock car.

Then, are NASCAR modified cars largely different from the factory cars? That depends on how you see it. Here are some examples of NASCAR modified cars:

The #61 Ford Pinto driven by Ritchie Evans on 1978

This aged model is available for purchase at $20,000. Though a ford model such as this is already forgotten, renewed interest has lately sparked, making the Ford Pinto a highly sought amateur level vintage racecar.

The 1955 Chrysler c300r Replica

The Chrysler c300r Letter Series was a serious NASCAR contender during its time in 1955, having a remarkable engine far superior than most muscle car during its era. But despite its performance, this Chrysler model failed selling a respectable quantity.

Jeff Gordon's #24 DuPont Chevrolet

Jeff Gordon won his first road race with this Hendrick Motorsports make at Watkins Glen on 1997. Authentically unrestored, this NASCAR modified car is still in perfect winner condition.
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