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Late Model (Asphalt)

Asphalt Late Model Racing classifies the premier level of stock car racing at the grass roots of American motorsports. While the name today can be somewhat confusing, at one time, Late Model Sportsman was the name NASCAR used for the now Nationwide Series. NASCAR eventually changed the name to the Busch Grand National Series, however the Late Model name continued as a segment of locally raced stock cars that “closely” resembled the current “Latest Model” cars being built by manufactures. Usually branded as models with the last 5 to 6 years, these cars provided fans with manufacture identity on the short tracks. In 1979, in order to help curb escalating costs and hopefully increase car count, Dick Gore, promoter of Old Dominion Speedway in Manassas, Virginia created the concept and rules for today’s Late Model Stock Car. The idea was a huge success and was duplicated across the country by speedways as well as national sanctioning bodies with slight variations. Today, Asphalt Late Model racing can be found at local, national and international speedways throughout North America, Canada, Mexico and even Australia. The cars are primarily built for oval track competition, but they have even been known to race on road courses occasionally. As with many grass roots motorsports, hobbyist, development, and seasoned professionals compete in Late Models throughout the racing season.  

In The Pits Media's knowledge of Late Model Racing is trifold. Craig Murto is editor and publisher of Late Model Racer Magazine and both Jason Smith and Ryan Ellis are regular competitors behind the wheel of Asphalt Late Models.