Welcome to Vintage Modified!

Modified racing is one of the oldest types of racing in the US, dating back to the days of the post-World War II coupes. Modified racing began as race drivers modified their cars to gain a competitive advantage over their fellow competitors. What started out as minor modifications to the cars has now grown to the point that some modified classes are no longer based on any current production vehicles. NASCAR was instrumental in modified racing's beginnings. Some of NASCAR's pioneers were veteran modified racers long before NASCAR's inception in 1949.

Bobby Wheeler, JR. 2014 Champion

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Bobby Wheeler, Jr. is not a stranger to the winner’s circle. Bobby has won several races, not just this season but several through-out his years of racing; and he has four previous Vintage Modified championships.   In spite of his accomplishments Bobby has remained a humble and likable racer.  Congratulations Bobby.

2014 SEASON CHAMPION #22 Bobby Wheeler, Jr.  Ending the season with 706 points.

Bobby began racing in 1973 in the A Quarter Midget class. Then he followed in his father's footsteps and joined the Vintage Modified class.

Bobby began racing in 1973 in the A Quarter Midget class. Then he followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the Vintage Modified class.

Bobby Wheeler, Jr. with the two very lovely trophy girls.

Bobby Wheeler, Jr. with the two very lovely trophy girls.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

#30 Kyten Jones ended his season with 635 points, taking 2nd place. In his second full season Kyten has overcome many challenges and is well on his way to winning many future championships. Not only did Kyten take home the 2nd place trophy, he was voted in by his peers as Most Improved Driver, tying for this position with Jim Palmer in the 05 car. Congratulations to Kyten Jones and the 30-team for such a great an successful year of racing.

Kyten and Makiah proudly holding the 2nd place trophy.

Kyten and Makiah proudly holding the 2nd place trophy.

Kyten holding his trophy for Most Improved Driver, voted in by his peers.

Kyten holding his trophy for Most Improved Driver, voted in by his peers.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bobby Wheeler Jr. won the last Main Event of the 2014 Season

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Bobby Wheeler Jr took 1st place in the Main Event, at South Sound Speedway Saturday night.  Robert Rux lead the first 7-laps. Kyten Jones was moving past Robert for the lead, but Bobby gained the momentum he needed to take the lead and the win.  Congratulations to Bobby and the 22-team.

Bobby Wheeler and the Trophy Girl.  Bobby handed off his trophy a little girl who had never attended a race before.  A big night for everyone.

Bobby Wheeler and the Trophy Girl. Bobby handed off his trophy a little girl who had never attended a race before. A big night for everyone.

 

Bobby Wheeler, JR - 22 car currently in 1st place with 628 points.

Bobby Wheeler, JR – 22 car currently in 1st place with 706 points.

Kyten Jones in the 30 car is currently in 2nd place with 568 points.

Kyten Jones in the 30 car is currently in 2nd place with 635 points.

Robert Rux in the 88 car is in 3rd place with 552 points.

Robert Rux in the 88 car is in 3rd place with 611 points.

John Mustered in the 26 car, 4th place with 539 points.

John Mustered in the 26 car, 4th place with 607 points.

Jeff Peterson in the 23 car, 5th place with 506 points.

Jeff Peterson in the 23 car, 5th place with 570 points.

Mike Clother in the 7 car, 6th place with 502 points.

Mike Clother in the 7 car, 6th place with 566 points.

Tome Smitham in the 32 car, 7th place with 488 points.

Tom Smitham in the 32 car, 7th place with 511 points.

Devin Eirman in the 6 car,  8th place with 349 points.

Devin Eirman in the 6 car, 8th place with 513 points.

Scott Rinkel in the 63 car, 9th place with 308 points.

Scott Rinkel in the 63 car, 9th place with 308 points.

Dave Trapp in the 51 car, 10th place with 144 points.

Dave Trapp in the 51 car, 10th place with 198 points.

Todd McCartney in the 92 car, 12th place with 112 points.

Todd McCartney in the 92 car, 12th place with 123 points.

 Jim Palmer in the 05 car, 11th place with 113 points.

Jim Palmer in the 05 car, 11th place with 168 points.

Jim Jones in the 03 car, 13th place with 68 points.

Jim Jones in the 03 car, 14th place with 68 points.

Dawn Huntley in the 59 car, 14th place with 55 points.

Dawn Huntley in the 59 car, 15th place with 55 points.

Bob Fulmer in the 83 car, 15th place with 47 points.

Jim Jones in the 83 car, 13th place with 115 points.

Robby Cartwright in the 4 car, tied for 15th place with 47 points.

Robby Cartwright in the 4 car, tied for 16th place with 47 points.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Anyone who has not voted for the banquet trophies, the Sportsman, Hard Luck, Most Improved, Best Appearing, and Inspirational awards, has until October 3rd to contact a board member or they can mail their votes to VMRA 1313 E. 25th St, Tacoma WA 98421.

The banquet will be on October 18th at the NALC Union Hall, 3502 Pacific Ave, Tacoma WA Members are free, there will be a fee for non-member guests. Contact the Board Treasure, Leonard Schmidt for your banquet tickets.

What a Night of Racing at Ephrata Raceway Park – Saturday – September 6, 2014

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Racing Saturday night was anything but boring.  The 30-lap  Main Event had two lap leaders for the first 29-laps, with in seconds and a foot Bobby Wheeler Jr. in the 22-car came in for the win!  Kyten Jones in the 30-car lead the first seven laps when Devin Eierman in the 6-car passed him and took over the lead for the next twenty-two laps.  At first no one knew who won until the announcer claimed Bobby Wheeler Jr. as the Main Event winner.

The first caution came after the 5th lap, Robby Cartwright in the 4-car spun out in a cloud of dust.  The 2nd caution came at the 15th lap when Dave Trapp in the 51-car spun out creating more then a cloud of dust, it looked like a dust-bowl-wind-storm.  After the dust cleared and racing continued Robert Rux in the 88-car came to a halt with a blown engine with only 7-laps to go.  What an exciting night or racing!

Bobby Wheeler Jr. taking home the Main Event trophy.  Devin in 2nd and Kyten in 3rd.

Congratulations to our 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

Bobby Wheeler, Jr. with the two very lovely trophy girls.

Bobby Wheeler, Jr. with the two very lovely trophy girls.

1947 Ford with a 350 Engine. Sponsors: streamline Auto body, Wolf's Mobile Mechanic, King's Transmissions and fife Signs.

1947 Ford with a 350 Engine. Sponsors: streamline Auto body, Wolf’s Mobile Mechanic, King’s Transmissions and fife Signs.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The last race of the 2014 Season will be at South Sound Speedway in Rochester/Tenino on September 27th.  Classes racing with Vintage Modifieds are Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks, Bumble Bees and Legends.  Pricing and more information to follow the closer to the race date.

A very big congratulations goes out to Jim Palmer and the 05-Team, taking home the 30-lap Main Event Trophy Saturday at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe

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I have got to say this was one of the most exciting nights of racing for Vintage Modified Racing Association in a very long time.  Jim Palmer came out in his 1934 Ford with a 358 engine (built by Chuck Peterson) with intentions to just race and have fun.   The 05-car had the slowest time-in, started in the back from the start, and came in 1st place for the Main Event.

The 05-Team had good reason to cheer, their team took home the 1st place Main Event trophy.  Congratulations Jim Palmer and the 05-team.

Jim Palmer with a well earned 1st place tropy

Jim Palmer with a well earned 1st place trophy

1934 Ford Owner Jim Palmer. Sponsors: Palmer Automotive & Brake Service and S&S Custom Street Rods

1934 Ford Owner Jim Palmer. Sponsors Palmer Automotive & Brake Service and S&S Custom Street Rods

A very Proud team!

There were a few different lap leaders through out the 30-lap Main Event on Saturday evening. Three cautions, 1-black flag, a lot of bumper butting, brake checking and different lap leaders. Tom Smithan in the 32-car led the lead until the first caution. Kyten Jones in the 30-car held the lead for several laps and then yet, another caution. Jim Jones in the 03-car spun out causing another caution for the night. It was looking like Johnny Lightening in the 26-car was going to come in for the trophy when on the last lap, turn 4, just seconds from the checkered flag got tangled up with Robert Rux in the 88-car. Cars were hitting the brakes, swerving to avoid the wreck when out of the back of pack came Jim Palmer taking the checkered flag for 1st place. The fans in stands were on their feet cheering and clapping. It was a true story of the, “Tortoise and Hare”! What a proud moment, an exciting moment when Jim got out of his car and was interviewed before getting his hands on his well deserved trophy. It just goes to show, the fans are never disappointed when watching these Vintage cars race.

The next race will be in Ephrata Raceway on September 6th in place of Yakima Speedway.

It was another great night of Racing for Scott Rinkel in the 63-Car

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Congratulations Scott Rinkel for another Main Event win, taking home the 1st place trophy from South Sound Speedway on Saturday night, August 16th.  Scott not only took home the 1st place trophy Saturday evening, but he also had the fast time-in as well.  Scott was shy a few seconds away from beating his father’s record at South Sound Speedway.  Scott followed in his father’s foot steps racing with Vintage Modifieds, Kevin Rinkel raced with VMRA for several years in the brilliant yellow  #38 car.

 

Scott Rinkel 1st place winning the Main Event

Scott Rinkel 1st place winning the Main Event

Scott will be heading to College in Montana for the fall quarter. Best wishes Scott.

Scott will be heading to College in Montana for the fall quarter. Best wishes Scott.

 

Bobby Wheeler, Jr - 22 car came in 1st place in the Heat race.

Bobby Wheeler, Jr – 22 car came in 1st place in the Heat race.

Kyten Jones in the 30 car took  2nd place in the Heat race.

Kyten Jones in the 30 car took 2nd place in the Heat race.

The 88 car came in 3rd, driven by Jim Jones (pictured with his son), in the Heat race.

The 88 car came in 3rd, driven by Jim Jones (pictured with his son), in the Heat race.

The next race will be at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe Saturday August 23rd.

Classes Racing:
Super Late Model
North West Street Stocks
Mini Stocks
Vintage Modifieds
Stingers

And as an added bonus you can spend the day at the Evergreen State Fair before the racing begins.

Remember the September 6th race at Yakima Speedway has been cancelled. The September 6th race has been reschedule for Ephrata Raceway. More information to follow.