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.

Vintage Modified Memory Lane

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Vintage Modified Racing Association has been running strong for 32-years.  This amazing race car club came into being in 1986.  Sadly enough, several tracks have closed down over the years. But we remain a class that races with great camaraderie.  Our racing season for 2018 will included Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, WA. Yes that is right race fans, racing in the dirt.  Our 2018 racing schedule will also included, Stateline Speedway in Post Falls, Idaho; Spokane Super Oval  in Airway Heights – Spokane, WA; Wenatchee Valley Super Oval in Wenatchee, WA and Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA.  For our racing dates select the Race Schedule & Events tab and mark your calendars for a great season of racing.

So here’s to 32-years of racing. Enjoy Vintage Modified’s memory lane.

                                                                        

Special Helper Helen

               

    

1941 Chevy 2-door Sedan with a 350 cubic inch engine

On his road to recovery. Jeff is an amazing person and love his can-do spirit.

 

Welcome 2018 Board Members

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Welcome to Vintage Modifieds 2018 Board Members.

Mike Clother will be President.  Mike has been racing with Vintage Modifieds since 1995. He has held various positions on the board in the past. Thank you Mike.

1948 Buick with a 355 Chevrolet V8

    

Shane Conway will be Vice President.  Shane began racing with Vintage Modifieds in 2017. This is his 2nd year on the board.  Thank you Shane

1936 Plymouth with a small block chevy motor

   

 

John Mustered is holding the position of Secretary. John has held other positions on the board throughout the years and has been racing with Vintage sin 2004.  Thank you Johnny Lightning.

  

 

Vince Conwell joined Vintage Modified in 2017. Vince will be in the position of Sgt. of Arms.  Thank you Vince.

  

 

Leonard Schmidt is blessing the club by staying in the position of Treasurer. Leonard has been with Vintage Modified for many-many years and has held several positions throughout the years.  Thank you Leonard!

  

 

Thank you 2018 board members. Your dedication is very appreciated. We look forward to an amazing racing season.

Just a reminder that Vintage Modified still have hoodies, t-shirts, hats and patches for sale. If you are interested contact Micki Rux.

Chris Cook #1-car / Mike Clother #7-car / Adam Bragdon #28-car

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Chris Cook in the #1-car came to Vintage Modifieds this year; not only was he Rookie of the Year, but he took home the 4th place trophy for 2017. Chris ended his season with a total of 570-points.  Chris is a great sportsman.  Offers a helping hand when a fellow driver needs help.  Chris races in a 1941 Hudson, his car was built by Jim Jones from Jim Jones Trucking. With the help of his crew chief, Tom Mathews, Chris had a great season.  All-in-all Chris has had an amazing 82-career wins since 1976.  Special thanks for supporting the #1 -team goes out to Jan Snyder and Wild Willy.  A huge thank-you goes out to the #1-car’s sponsors: Rainer Plumbing and Rooter, Ace Auto Repair, Jim Jones Trucking and Cornwell Tools.

      

 

Mike Clother in the #7-car came in 5th place this year, ending his season with a total of 557-points.  Mike has been racing with Vintage Modifieds since 1995. He brings a lot to the club and the members. A great sportsman, steps-up and offers positive advice and help to help keep Vintage Modified going in the right and positive direction. He has seven VMRA championships under his belt.  Mikes car is a 1948 Buick.  Thank you to Jacque Clother, biggest fan, lovely wife and owner of the race car.  Thank you to Bowtie Performance (Power) – 253/862-4159 for sponsorship this year.

    

 

Adam Bragdon in the 28-car holds the 6th place for 2017, ending his season with a total of 528-points.  Last year was Adam’s first year racing, he was the Rookie of the Year, this year he was voted as the “Most Improved Driver” by his peers. Adam is also a great sportsman.  Never a bad attitude. Great to be around. Races with a true heart for the sport.  His car is a 1941 Plymouth, built by J J Safino.  A special thank-you goes out to Bob Fulmer, crew chief and Bob Monroe pit crew.  Thank-you to the sponsors of the #28-team Danelle Knapp of Perfectly Posh and my MOM – Julie Phelps.  Keep your eye on this young man, he’ll be moving-up in positions in 2018! From Rookie of the year in 2016, to Most Improved Driver in 2017, great things are on the horizon.

    

 

Congratulations to these three teams.

2017 Vintage Modified Championships

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Congratulations to Devin Eierman #6, Ken Kaltschmidt #27 and Vern Huson #77 VMRA’s first, second and third place winners.

Devin Eierman made an amazing clean sweep, taking the checkered flag at every race and housing all 1st place trophies for the season. Devin had to start at the back of the line-up for every race. The competitor cars didn’t make it easy for Devin to take the checkered flags, he had to work for them.  This was Devin’s best year so far, with Vintage Modified. Devin started racing in 1990 with the Spanaway Hobby Stocks and joined VMRA in 1994. Devin races in a 1934 Chevy Sedan with a 350 engine. He ended his season with a total of 745-points. Congratulations Devin and his pit crew, Vince Hose and his father Robert Eierman.  A very special thank you to MariAnn, Devin’s wife and his mom Faith.  Also, thank you to the #6-team’s sponsors #1 Sponsor is Mom, Transmission Sales & Service.

      

Congratulations to Ken Kaltschmidt #27 for taking home the second place trophy. Ken and his crew chief, Vince Conwell, shared the driving this year so congratulations to both men for a well ran season. Ken and Vince joined VMRA this year, 2017. They are both very seasoned drivers, competing for several years. They bring a lot of knowledge to the club. Great sportsmen. These gentlemen ended their season with a total of 737-points.

      

Congratulations to Vern Huson #77 for taking home the third place position, ending his racing season with a total of 622-points.  Vern drives from Wenatchee. He made it to every race, Vern puts forth 100% effort in getting to every track.  Vern began racing in 1964 with A-A Class at Spanaway Speedway. Spanaway Speedway was home to a lot of our drivers, it is a track well missed.  He began racing with VMRA in 2015. Vern has 250-career wins. He races in a 1939 Chevy Coupe with a 358 engine. Thank you to Vern’s sponsor, Johnson Electric from Wenatchee.

      

Peer Awards – Rookie – Year End Banquet

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Every year there are five members honored by their peers. Each member has the opportunity to vote on the following categories and award the winning peers with recognition and awards: Best Appearing Car, Most Improved Driver, Sportsman, Hard Luck and Most Inspirational/Non Driver.  Along with voting for their peers, members can provide reasons why they voted for whom they voted for. Not everyone offers comments, but listed are the comments written along with the votes.

Best Appearing Car and Why:   #12 – Shane Conway
*  Car has a beautiful paint job and is always clean
*  Best looking because it’s new and very different
*  Cool design
*  Looks cool, no radiator
*  Really nice looking and well built, 10-years in the making. It was worth the wait
* Cause it’s cherry
* This car is a piece of art, Beautiful
* Car is beautiful and clean

  

Most Improved Driver and Why:   #28 – Adam Bragdon
*  He has learned a lot since last year
* Went from spinning every race to finishing

This year there was a tie for Sportsman of the Year.

Sportsmanship and Why:  #27 – Ken Kaltschmidt and #88 – Robert Rux
* 88 – Never cared when he got hit
* 88 – Never go upset when he crashed
* 88 – Works hard for the club. Stays positive, even with hard issues
* 27 – Good driving, no bumping
* 27 – Always letting us know what will improve our lap times
* 27 – Respect for all drivers

  

Hard Luck and Why: #23 – Chuck Peterson
*  Stuck throttle, blown engine, blown head gasket, damaged car after spin out
*  Seems to have wrecked or had major issues every time out
*  Never completed a race
*  Crashed or broke at every race
*  Different cars, 4 wrecks in hot laps to not be able to compete
*  Engines, stuck throttle, transmission, you name he broke it
* Had 3-cars out and wrecked 3-cars
*  Worked hard to make it to most of the races and seemed to brake every race
*  If something could go wrong it did.  Trailered the car before racing began

However, Chuck won the 50/50 drawing at the end of the banquet and someone called out, “Chuck your luck is already changing.”  What a hoot.

Most Inspirational Person (non-driver):   Micki Rux
*  She works very hard making sure all the drivers have what they need. Food included
*  She deserve recognition for all the hard work you do for the club
*  She works her ass of all year
*  She worked hard at every race for the club
*  Promotional sales of fundraisers stub and web site
*  Always helping, feeding us and working very hard to make sure everybody was taken care of
*  Thanks for all the hard work she has done for our class

Rookie of the Year went to Chris Cook, the #1-car.  Chris ended his year in 4th place with a total of 570-points.

Mike Clother opened the ceremonies by providing stats, of the driver’s success, throughout the 2017 racing season. Mike volunteers a lot of his time to the club and its members. Thank-you Mike, your time and energy is much appreciated.

There was an un-planned award towards the end of the evening. Robert and Micki Rux were honored by their peers with a lovely card, signed by all teams, and gift card to the Outback. It was a surprising honor. This couple was thanked for all of their hard work pulling this club together and creating a family environment between the teams. They would set-up their pop-up, and not just any pop-up, but one with netting enclosures and two entrances. Making it homey for when the teams came in for lunch. A relaxing place to have a meal and socialize with their peers. Lunch they provided. It was an overwhelming moment of recognition. So very appreciated.

Congratulations Shane Conway, Adam Bragdon, Robert Rux, Ken Kaltschmidt, Chuck Peterson, Micki Rux, Chris Cook and Mike Clother.