90 OCTOBER 2017
WORDS & IMAGES Richard S. James
Blurring the lines between stock car and open
wheeler, the Lucas Oil Modified Series features big
power and small tires, making the cars a handful.
s it a stock car? Is at an open wheeler?
The Modified sits somewhere in between
– a stock car-ish body with a roof, but no
fenders and no windshield. It’s a bit like
the oval racing version of a prototype,
but the rules are much stricter.
With no fenders, the first thing you
notice are the tires. Not particularly wide
by oval racing standards. And not
completely slick, either – they’ve got
grooves, rather like Formula 1 used for a
decade early this century. A quick visual
calculation of the tire size vs. the rest of
the 2,500lb. car – including the 410cu.in.
( 6.7-liter) V8 engine with the air cleaner
sticking out of the hood – reveals that
the lack of contact patch is a limiting
factor in how fast these cars can go.
“The most noticeable thing from my
experience is that the horsepower-to-tire
ratio is a very controlling factor,” explains
Lucas Oil Modified Series presented by
RAM Mounts racer Scott Winters. “The
tires are eight inches, and grooved. You
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three-race win streak
put him second in
points behind Taylor
Miinch as the 2017
Lucas Oil Modified
Series entered the