Dirt Modified Racing has taken the Dirt Track Racing fanbase by storm over the past decade. The form of motorsports offers things that other forms wish they could. Modified Racing continues to be fairly affordable, in a day and age where auto racing seems to be a rich man's sport. As the years have gone on, Late Model and Sprint Car Racing car counts at major events and on major yours have gone down or stayed even.
On the other hand, major modified divisions and races have started a trend up. The UMP Fall Nationals at Eldora Speedway will take to the national limelight in October. Over a hundred modifieds are expected to take to the historical high banks, for a three-night event, where a lot of money and career highlights are on the table. Thursday and Friday will feature FOUR separate shows, breaking the field into fourths to give the drivers and fans more bang for their buck. Saturday, of course, will have the main event on the agenda, but will also crown the 2017 UMP Modified National Champion.
Events like the UMP Fall Nationals give the modified drivers, teams, sponsors and fans to be on the national stage. Every season more and more races like this are added to the modified schedule of one of their major series. On any given weekend throughout the spring, summer and fall months, you can find a track to run for a great purse against major competition in almost every state. That's something that simply cannot be said for other motorsports. Yes, there is great, GREAT competition and other aspects in the other divisions that go into the Dirt Track Racing family, but there could be a new family member at the head of the dinner table.
If promoters, drivers, owners, fans, and sponsors continue to invest their time and money into making this form of auto racing a priority, it could rival Sprint Car or Late Model Racing as the top Dirt Track Racing form in America. The formula of great competition, personalities, investors, and spectators are there. It may take some time, but there could be a new sheriff in town, in the form of Dirt Modified Racing.