New moniker for the Nascar Mini-Stock division

"The name 'Mini-Stocks' always seemed a too diminutive for such a competitive group of cars, so we decided to change the name to 'NASCAR Modified 4's'," said Irwindale's Director of Competition. "The car owners and drivers in this division are...

"The name 'Mini-Stocks' always seemed a too diminutive for such a competitive group of cars, so we decided to change the name to 'NASCAR Modified 4's'," said Irwindale's Director of Competition. "The car owners and drivers in this division are just as serious and just as competitive as in any of our divisions."

The name change will also serve to reflect a philosophical change of direction as well. Irwindale's rulesmakers are just beginning to look into class changes that would allow modern small sedans to become part of the racing mix in this division. "Many of the cars racing now have not been on the market for over 20 years and we'd like to see cars that the public can relate to on a more contemporary basis. Nothing's going to happen overnight," Morgan assured. "But we need to keep all of our racing divisions relevant and recognizable to the fans."

Irwindale's regular weekly racing season gets into high gear early this year on March 17. That's when the mighty NASCAR Super Late Models roar into action with a 100-lap opener. Also on that evening's bill will be the Grand American Modifieds and the Super Stocks. The NASCAR Late Models will fire off on March 24 and the Modified 4's will start their 2001 season on April 7

-Doug Stokes

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