The season consists of sixteen events run in the southeastern United States at tracks that range from bullrings like Newport Speedway and Hickory Motor Speedway to the 1 mile superspeedway at Rockingham Speedway. Most races are 150 laps in length.
The late model stock cars run in UARA competition weigh 3100 lbs. with V-8 engines that produce about 500hp. The frames and bodies are very similar to the former NASCAR Nationwide Series cars that were run before the new “car of tomorrow” debuted, and they are still very similar to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series machines. The cars race on ten-inch wide Hoosier racing tires.
How was the LMSC born? When the NASCAR Late Model Sportsman division converted to what is now know as the NASCAR Nationwide Series in the early 1980s, the NASCAR Late Model Stock division was created. These cars were created specifically with the local racer in mind.
Because all drivers might not want to be subject to one or two tracks during their careers, or have aspirations of making it to the top tiers of the sport, the UARA-STARS developed an affordable touring series to help drivers compete at other tracks and to fine tune their driving skills to make that leap to the next level. The races are longer to build endurance and racecraft, but the expenses are generally the same aside from travel costs such as fuel and lodging. UARA provides drivers with the feel and professionalism of a major league event through media requirements, fan interactions, live video broadcasts, the inspection process and much more.
Essentially, the UARA provides a place to race not only for rising stars who are conditioning themselves to advance up the ladder but also the father and husband (or mother/wife) that wants to be at home with the family, as well as weekly racers who want the experience of traveling in a professional, major-league touring series without the pressures or cost of a 30-week schedule.
The UARA is starting it’s twelfth season of racing action in 2013.
There are more than 100 unique drivers who compete in UARA events every year.
Notable UARA Graduates and some of their accomplishments:
Jake Crum – 2008 UARA-STARS Champion & NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver
Matt Dibenedetto – 2007 UARA-STARS Rookie of the Year & NASCAR Nationwide Series driver
Austin Dillon – 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion
Ty Dillon – 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year
Kyle Grissom – 2005 UARA-STARS Rookie of the Year
Robert Johnson – 2010 UARA-STARS Rookie of the Year
Brandon Jones – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver
John King II – 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Daytona winner
Corey LaJoie – NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver for Richard Petty Motorsports
Matt McCall – 2-time UARA-STARS Champion & NASCAR Sprint Cup Series engineer for RCR
Brandon McReynolds – ARCA Racing Series winner
Danny O’Quinn, Jr. – 2002 UARA-STARS Champion & 2005 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year
Brennan Poole – 2011 UARA-STARS Champion & ARCA Racing Series winner
Coleman Pressley – 2010 UARA-STARS Champion & NASCAR K&N Pro Series driver/crew chief
Ben Rhodes – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver
Darrell Wallace, Jr. – 2008 UARA-STARS Rookie of the Year & Joe Gibbs Racing development driver with Kyle Busch Motorsports
Steve Wallace – NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver for Rusty Wallace, Inc.
Alex Yontz – 2006 Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 at Martinsville winner