I've been following modifieds since I saw my first IMCA show, at Winchester many moons ago. They've run at our Fairgrounds track several times.
Three best shows I've ever seen there:
NASCAR Whelen Modified Series (I actually called that one--I was hoarse when it was over and still have the announcer's guide)
That I am an open wheel enthusiast has nothing to do with it. The racing was wheel to wheel, the drivers were talented, and the fields were full.
The grandstands, on the other hand, were not. All I can do is shake my head. We still run a modified division on our big track, and our crowds love it, but it may be eight years too late.
(IMHO, the trouble for race tracks today is that they have put all their eggs in one basket and are only open two weekends a year. No connection to weekly or regional racing at all. Part of what made seeing Cup and Indycar races at Loudon [and others] cool in the past was that it was the big guys running on the local, hometown track. I think it is another factor in Nascar's and Indycar's gradual decline is their isolation from the normal race fan and the lower series, to the detriment of both...)
Walter Cronkite voice: "Everything is as it was....and YOU ARE THERE!"
Which I was....
If you have never been to a NASCAR modified race, you are missing some of the best racing in this country!
Faster than a bullet from a gun
He is faster than everyone
Quicker than the blinking of an eye
Like a flash you could miss him going by
No one knows quite how he does it but it's true they say
He's the master of going faster. -George Harrison
Im not up on the New England racing scene but judging from the pictures on that web page and the names in the results, Id say they are identical to NASCAR modifieds. There could be some minor differences in the rule books but they are the same animal
There are alternative local and regional modified tours to NASCAR. Best racing I've ever seen are mods on flat black top. It's also not about spec, because frankly there's not a ton difference in the cars. It's about costs. Modifieds were fine when they ran the small bull rings. Same for series like Busch North and the old Weekly Racing Series. NASCAR has tried to nationalize these series, and it's been a failure. In the process, they have killed off countless local short tracks. They run things from Daytona, and have no grasp on anything outside their walls.
Those asphalt chassis can last few years and years if dont wad it up too many times. I ran into a guy at my local dirt track that raced asphalt modifieds in New Jersey 20+ years ago. Dont know him personally but I recognized him so we chatted for a few minutes.
He told me his son is racing one of his old modifieds at Bowman Gray now. That car has to be 15-20 years old
"Turn right to go left" Doc Hudson
I do believe a car owner when he says $4000 a night.
I was just saying its unbelieveable at how expesnive its gotten.
I think they have to buy their own racing fuel too.
Probably 4 to 6 new tires for each race Theres over $1000 right there
Each weekend costs more when every race is 150 or 200 laps too
It could be that he divided his yearly expenses by the # of races too.
One good wreck could cost $10,000 or more and that has to be budgeted in.
Wreck at Thomspon and you can figure the whole car is junk
The Modifieds were actually faster with the plates than the Cup cars were without them at first. The Mods first raced at Loudon in 1990 and the first Cup race there was not until 1993. However, as the technology(engines and suspensions) increased in Cup they surpassed the Modifeds in speed after a few years. They did indeed add the plates as a safety precaution for the Mods at that track as well as Richmond and Nazareth. When they added the Loudon to the Modified schedule many people thought this was a really really bad idea. This was during the rash of fatal wrecks in the pavement Modifieds from the 80's and early 90's. I was at the "grand opening" Busch Series race there in 1990 and some people were talking about how afraid they were for the Modified Tour guys to be running a track that size. The modifeds were scheduled to run a tripleheader a month or so after the Busch race along with the Busch North Series and the short lived Sportsman Series that ran mainly Charlotte. Sometime between the time the race was scheduled and the actual race, they had one of Modified Tour drivers test with both the plate and without. He said going with the plates was probably the safest option. Running a plate there is not exactly like Talladega and Daytona. You really have to let of the gas and brake hard. On a side note, they actually had an exibition race with about 4 ISMA Supermodifieds before a Busch race a couple years after the track opened. I think they found out there were tire problems and never scheduled a points race at the track.