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Nebraska Modified Lites Racing Series (a.k.a. Dwarf) cars are 5/8 scale models of Modified race cars. They have full steel roll cages, sheet metal bodies, and are powered by 4-cylinder motorcycle engines between 750cc and 1250cc. They have full racing suspensions and are capable of speeds over 100mph on the straightaways. With their size and quickness, they are perfectly suited to oval track racing.

Modified Lite cars started out as a hobby about 15 years ago in Phoenix, AZ, with cars being built in garages out of scrap and spare parts. The original idea was to provide economical racing to people who were just starting out or who could no longer afford to keep up with the escalating costs of full sized classes. The hobby grew quickly in the southwestern United States where there are a lot of dirt tracks. Until recently, however, the expansion of the Modified Lite car class was limited to mostly warm weather parts of the country.

Now, Modified Lite cars are rapidly becoming the hottest class in auto racing today. The reasons are simple:

Modified Lite cars have a look that appeals to a wide variety of fans. For the younger fans, their size and shape makes them interesting to watch and cheer for.

Modified Lite cars use motorcycle engines as power plants, bringing interest from outside the normal "auto" racing crowd. The roar of a 4-cylinder motorcycle engine at high RPM with an open header has quite an appeal.

Modified Lite cars are "real" race cars, not go-karts. With advances in suspension, Modified Lite cars achieve speeds similar to the fastest full sized cars.

Modified Lite cars are economical to operate. The costs to race a competitive, full sized car range from $250 for a Limited Late Model to $1,000 for a Sprint Car PER RACE!! That is if nothing gets broken! Modified Lite cars, on the other hand, can cost less than $50 per race, for fuel and an oil change. The cost-per-racing lap is the lowest in motor sports today. In addition, a race ready Modified Lite car costs less than half as much as the motor in a Late model. Ask any driver of a full sized car who has raced a Dwarf Car, and they will tell you the thrill and excitement can't be matched!


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