NASCAR’s oldest division is the NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series.
This is the only open-wheel class that NASCAR sanctions.
The NASCAR Modified cars are substantially different from the cars competing in other NASCAR series. These tube chassis cars are entered and identified using North American manufacturers’ current models. However, other than the badging and roofline, they exhibit little to no resemblance to the original model. The bodies are primarily fabricated from sheet metal. Cars weigh about 2610-lbs. and differences in weight can be attributed to engine displacement. They are powered by small-block V-8 engines, which produce over 600-horsepower. The minimum wheelbase is 107-inches and the maximum track width is 84-inches. In 1998, teams also had a choice between Goodyear and Hoosier tires.
The 1998 twenty-two race season begins in late March and ends in October.
Race seven was held on Watkin Glen’s 2.45-mile short course. The event was 38-laps or 93.1-miles and the only road course on the 1998 calendar.
|Pole-sitter Mike Stefanik in the No. 6 Chevrolet leads the Dodge of second fastest qualifier Tim Connolly. Stefanik would lead the first 37-laps but Connolly led the most important lap – the last one – lap-38 and took the victory. This would be Connolly’s only win of the season but eight top-10 finishes helped him finish fifth in the final standings.|
|Despite this loss to Connolly, Stefanik would dominate the season capturing thirteen wins in twenty-two starts. In his career Stefanik has registered some impressive statics - seven Modified titles and two Busch North championships. He also became the first driver to win two NASCAR championships in consecutive years – 1997-98 Modified and Busch North titles.|
|Tony Ferrante started tenth and finished fifth. Watkins Glen was one of this driver’s better finishes. His most impressive result was in the season’s second event at Thompson Speedway where he qualified twenty-sixth and finished third. He also finished third at Stafford Motor Speedway.|
|The second caution of the race occurred on lap-17 – a very fast section of Watkins Glen between turns one and two. The No. 00 of Tim Arre and Jack Bateman in the No. 47 Chevrolet waits for the Safety Team to remove them from the track.|
|The Chevrolet of Charlie Pasteryak started eighth and finished eleventh. Pasteryak finished tenth in the final standings – starting all but one race. He was a veteran of the series competing for 22-years – 1985 – 2008. In 1994, he had his only Tour win at Thompson Speedway.|
|Starting twelfth in a Pontiac was Ed Flemke. Over the 38-laps, Flemke moved up the order for a sixth place finish. Flemke was another series veteran whose first season in Modifieds was 1988. In 1998, he had two wins – Lee USA Speedway and the season’s final race at Flemington Speedway.|
|The leaders exit turn-one at Watkins Glen. The 38-lap race on Watkins Glen’s short course had thirty-four starters and twenty-five finishers with seventeen of these drivers finished on the lead lap. In the field, there was one Dodge, one Mercury, eight Pontiacs and twenty-four Chevys.|
|The No. 0 Chevrolet was raced by Ed Kennedy. Kennedy started twenty-eighth and finished fifteenth. 1998 was his best year in the Modifieds – he started nineteen of the twenty-two races and finished fourteenth in the final standings.|
|The most common power plant in the NASCAR Modifieds was the small block Chevrolet with a four-barrel carburetor and a 1-inch restrictor plate.|
|4||9||Frank Broadwick III||Chevrolet||38|
|5||10||Tony Ferrante Jr.||Chevrolet||38|
|6||12||Ed Flemke, Jr.||Pontiac||38|
|25||7||Tommy Cravenho, Jr.||Pontiac||35|
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