What Are UCARs?

Mason DunnCorrespondent IMarch 24, 2009

U Can Afford Racing or UCAR for short. A division of short track racing that has really caught on in the eyes of fans and competitors alike in recent years.

With drivers ranging in age from 14 to 50-plus and a wide range of driver experience, this division really is for anyone who has the desire to get behind the wheel.

Now the division is taking another step into the forefront of local racing with the first ever UCAR touring series, the UCAR Clash for Cash series based in Raleigh, N.C.

But your probably still looking at this article wondering, “what in the world is a UCAR exactly?” UCARs are front-wheel drive cars that have been slightly modified and fitted with safety measures such as a roll cage, racing seat, etc. and are run at short tracks all over the VA, NC, and SC region.

Cars such as Ford Escorts or Probes, Chevy Cavaliers, Dodge Daytonas, Honda Preludes, Toyota Tercels and even Geo Storms are often used. Some competitors run cars that cost them cheaper to put together than late-model teams spend on a set of tires.

This series is often viewed as a great starting platform for drivers looking to jump from karts into full-size cars or people who have never raced getting their start.

So why is the presence of this brand new touring series important to the long-term health of this division? As a series that ranges in car counts from six to upwards of 25-30 cars at some tracks the presence of a touring series gets these drivers interested in traveling more to race and gets the drivers more exposure to other divisions and team owners.

The more drivers that are able to gain experience in this division and move up onto other divisions, street stocks, legends, late models, etc., brings more legitimacy to the UCAR division. This series is also great for fans of local racing that are looking for more value for their ticket money.

The Clash for Cash, which just hosted its season opener at Wake County Speedway in Raleigh, boasted 70 laps of UCAR racing as well as 25 laps of Junior Mini Cup racing with tickets only costing $5 per person, with children 12 and under getting in for free.

This series also reminds some of the type of schedule NASCAR used to run and the one that ARCA currently runs with the presence of various asphalt tracks, as well as three dirt races and a road course race at the 1.1-mile Patriot course at Virginia International Raceway. 

So if you are someone looking to get started in local racing on a budget or if you are a fan looking for some close, hard nosed, edge of your seat racing action you might want to talk to your local track or head on over to www.ucarclash.com and give this up-and-coming division a good looking over.

And if you’re a track owner or promoter looking to expand your track and add a new division, you might want to give a UCAR division serious consideration.