DIVISIONS OF RACING
Altogether there are seven (7) divisions of racing at the Salina Speedway. Here you can read about them to learn what exactly they are and how they are different from other divisions of racing at America’s Fast Track to Fun!
The calling card of IMCA since their introduction in 1979, the Modifieds quickly grew to the largest division of race cars in the United States. Many of the best Saturday Night heroes will turn laps at local dirt tracks in front of standing room-only crowds from coast to coast and border to border again this season. IMCA Modifieds have earned a reputation for fierce competitiveness that is as unique as the open-wheeled car itself. The cars are mostly built on old Chevelle frames and have aluminum bodies. They are powered by professionally built motors OR a GM Performance 604 crate motor.
NESMITH LATE MODELS
The “Late Model” has been around for decades, coining its name from the “Latest Model” of car at the time. Since its beginnings it has evolved into a fully fabricated car with an aluminum body and powered by a GM Performance 602 or 604 crate motor. The crate motor is the only type of motor designated to use by the NeSmith Racing sanctioning body, which is used at the Salina Speedway. Late Models gain their notoriety with their appearance and racing style, boasting door to door racing with a powerful car.
IMCA STOCK CARS
Long known as “The Class Too Tough To Tame,” IMCA Stock Cars are synonymous with side-to-side and fender-to-fender excitement. First sanctioned in 1984, Stock Cars enjoy instant identification with legions of fans dedicated to the full-bodied division. The cars are any American OEM rear wheel drive passenger car built after 1963. They are unique in appearance as they can use newer bodies than the IMCA Hobby Stock division. They are powered by “open” type motors using a 350 or 500 cfm carburetor, each with a distinct rule set.
IMCA NORTHERN SPORTMODS
IMCA’s fastest growing and now second largest division, Northern SportMods offer drivers the opportunity to hone their open wheel skills at the lowest possible cost. Since 2005, the division has seen its numbers grow as tracks look for a class that allows budget-minded drivers to get on or stay on the track. Much like the Modifieds, the cars are mostly built on old Chevelle frames and have aluminum bodies. They are powered by home built motors OR a GM Performance 602 crate motor.
IMCA HOBBY STOCKS
Introduced in 1989, IMCA Hobby Stocks are the perfect full-size division for drivers new to the sport or cost-conscious racing veterans. Regardless of the participant’s level of experience, Hobby Stock drivers are guaranteed the excitement that only IMCA racing can provide. Like the Stock Cars, the Hobby Stocks are American passenger cars built after 1963, but unlike the Stock Cars they must use match the body with the frame of car used. They are powered by home built engines or the GM Performance 602 crate motor.
One of the more recent developed divisions is the Mod Lite. The car is a fabricated 1/5 scale version of an IMCA or DIRT Modified and utilizes a 1000cc motorcycle engine. The Mod Lite division is truly unique, offering an economical way to go racing while offering the same setup options and techniques used on the larger cars they are scaled from. These small cars turn the Salina Speedway in speeds that rival their big cousins, the IMCA Modifieds!
IMCA SPORT COMPACTS
Another of IMCA’s fastest growing classes, Sport Compacts enjoy their 10th year of sanctioning in 2015. Sport Compacts are not race cars, they are 4-cylinder cars that race. This division is intended for the most entry level-minded dirt track racers, so it’s perfect for teenagers looking to start their dirt track racing careers. This is the most economical division to get into, basically gutting a front wheel drive car and installing the necessary safety equipment to go racing!