Late model

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A "late model car" is a car which has been recently designed or manufactured, often the latest model. (An "early model car" or "classic car" is a car old enough to be of historical interest; there is no usual intermediate term.) The term is broadly used in car racing, and often appears in common use, as in: "The officer was driving an unmarked, late model sedan."[citation needed]

The precise definition of "late model" varies.


World of Outlaws dirt late model
ASA asphalt late model

Late model race cars are the highest class of local stock car racing vehicles at many race tracks in the United States and Canada. Some regional and lower national-level series race in late models. Varieties of late models (ranked from highest vehicle performance to lowest) include Super Late Models, Late Models, and Limited Late Models[citation needed]. Some series require crate motors to be utilized by racecars under their sanction, which often utilize GM 604 engines.[1] Vehicles raced on dirt are significantly different from vehicles raced on asphalt.[2]

Asphalt late model racing is an extremely common stepping stone for drivers who race in regional and national touring series including NASCAR[citation needed]. Racers of both dirt and asphalt Late Models have won the national championship of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.[3]

Almost every NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver raced in the class while progressing their career, and many crew chiefs have also developed through this level[citation needed]. Many often run in Late Model classes during off-weeks or special races, while some drivers who did not advance through this level (such as Juan Pablo Montoya) have since raced a Late Model. For example, in 2007, Montoya raced the Prelude to the Dream at Eldora Speedway, a charity event with NASCAR Sprint Cup and other notable drivers.

Late Model-type cars are also prevalent as a form of cost-cutting in road racing. As many of these oval cars can be adjusted to become road race cars (weight balance changes), SCCA has listed them in the GT America category, and with the affordability of a Late Model Stock Car in the category ($30,000 cars with specification engines, and frequently purchased used NASCAR wheels), these cars are prevalent in club racing.[4]

United States national touring series[edit]



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  1. ^ Huneycutt, Jeff. "Crate Late Model Setup - Crates On Dirt". Retrieved January 3, 2015. 
  2. ^ Bolles, Bob (February 2009). "Dirt Track Racing - Turning Asphalt To Dirt". Circle Track magazine. Retrieved January 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ Schaefer, Paul. Where Stars Are Born: Celebrating 25 Years of NASCAR Weekly Racing. Coastal 181, Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA, 2006.
  4. ^ SCCA GT America rules