The Modified Division
Modified is NASCAR's oldest division and a longtime favorite at Bowman Gray Stadium. It dates back to 1948, when driver Red Byron, a war veteran, won the first NASCAR-sanctioned race in Daytona Beach, Florida. The division's premier racing series are the Whelen Modified Tour and the Whelen Southern Modified Tour.
Modifieds bear little resemblance to other stock cars, such as those used in NASCAR's iconic Sprint Cup series, which are only slightly altered from models available to the public. Lightweight and fender-free, Modifieds sit low to the ground, their wheels splayed wide outside their bodies. In keeping with NASCAR regulations, they retain minimal vestiges of the street cars they once were; otherwise, they are engineered from the ground up, with a body and components custom-built for speed and ease of handling. That's why many fans and drivers consider Modified the most thrilling and innovative NASCAR division of all.
Features of Modified cars:
- Minimum weight of 2,650 pounds
- Powered by small-block V-8 engines
- Low to the ground
- Large tires
- Open-wheeled design
- Tubular chassis
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