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Legends Cars: America's Largest Racing Division The Legends Car is the single most popular racing car design ever built in the United States. Over 3,000 of these simple, fast, economical, REAL, racing cars have been built; and there are more...

Legends Cars: America's Largest Racing Division

The Legends Car is the single most popular racing car design ever built in the United States. Over 3,000 of these simple, fast, economical, REAL, racing cars have been built; and there are more the 2,400 races sanctioned annually for them at over 200 racetracks across the United States. Legends Cars are even raced in Europe!

The basic design is a simple, yet very strong, wrap-around frame of strong steel tubing covered with a full fiberglass body that replicates an early style of NASCAR stock car from the first days of racing in the United States.

Their flamboyant 1930's style bodies, a 73-inch wheelbase, a weight of only 1,080 pounds, coil-overs with Koni shocks, and a 132 horsepower - 1,250cc Yamaha "Blitz" motor makes the 46-inch tall Legends Car a hot racing machine in a compact package.

Throw in the fact that these cars race on standard BF Goodrich 205/60 13R CompTA treaded street-type tires and you've got yourself a bunch of fun, some heavy competition and a great training "tool" for aspiring drivers (young and old!).

Every Legends Car is built (and must remain) exactly the same technically. No modifications whatsoever are allowed to any of the chassis parts, tires, brakes, shocks, or motors. In this racing division driving skill and set-up ability is paramount -- Not check-writing ability (or lack thereof).

Many well-known drivers have started their careers in Legends Cars including 2004 Nextel Cup Champion Kurt Busch, his brother Kyle*, Casey Atwood, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. All of them had one thing in common, the overwhelming desire to race under fair conditions where their actual driving talent could be the deciding factor.

Legends Cars compete in road racing, on dirt tracks and on paved ovals. At Irwindale, they race on a wide, low-banked 1/3-mile oval located in the center of the famous Irwindale half-mile.

"These little cars pack a real wallop," said track GM Bob DeFazio whose own son Nick started his circle track career aboard one. "They're quite fast, and they reward good driving. I can't think of a better place for a young driver to start a NASCAR career. We're indebted to the folks at 600 Racing for their very enthusiastic participation in this endeavor. They said "Yes!" almost before we were done pitching the project to them.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Kurt Busch , Casey Atwood