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ISCARS Dash Touring Series

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ISCARS Dash Touring Series
Kansas Auto Racing Museum (30951487701).jpg
A former Goody's Dash Series automobile, based on the Ford Probe.
CategoryStock car racing
CountryUnited States
Inaugural season1975
Folded2011
Last Drivers' championDanny Bagwell

The ISCARS Dash Touring Series (previously known as the NASCAR Baby Grand National, Goody's Dash Series and IPOWER Dash Series among others) was a stock car racing series created by NASCAR in 1973, initially running solely at North Wilkesboro Speedway, that involved V6 powered stock cars raced over relatively short distances. In 1975 the series branched out to other tracks besides North Wilkesboro Speedway.[1] After the end of the 2003 season, NASCAR transferred the Goody's Dash series to IPOWER (International Participants Of Winning Edge Racing). In 2004, they ran the IPOWER Dash Series.[2] In January 2005, officials announced the cancellation of the 2005 Dash season due to problems with sponsorship. The International Sport Compact Auto Racing Series (ISCARS) purchased the series allowing the series to continue through 2005 and was operating until 2011.

History

NASCAR sanctioning

The unofficial start of the series was in 1973 in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. A group of drivers began racing on a road course owned by former NASCAR Cup owner Bill Ellis. Ellis decided not to continue after a few races. The drivers decided to format an association called the Baby Grand National Racing Association, Inc. (BGNRA), and appointed Charlie Triplett as president. Triplett says the name stemmed from the cars' resemblance to the Grand National (predecessor to the modern NASCAR Cup Series) cars of the era, as paint schemes and numbers often matched those from Grand National cars.[3] The series was originally a touring series of four-cylinder compact sedan cars. The slogan for the series was "The Poor Man's Way to Race."[3] The founder turned to NASCAR to begin sanctioning the series in 1975. The series flourished with the relatively inexpensive cars and motors. It was not uncommon for forty drivers to enter an event.

Five-time champion Dean Combs used a Datsun 200SX in the 1980 season and became the first NASCAR driver to 'regularly' compete in a foreign-made car. Contrary to popular belief, foreign cars had competed in NASCAR competition in the early days of the sanctioning body; indeed, a Jaguar won a NASCAR-sanctioned race in the Grand National division at a road course in Linden, New Jersey in 1954, according to commentator Mike Joy, and the last foreign-made car to compete in a NASCAR-sanctioned event was an MG at one Grand National race in 1963 (before Toyota, who had used the Dash Series to prepare their stock car endeavors as demonstrated by Robert Huffman's championship victory in 2003, entered the Truck Series in 2004 and later Cup Series at the beginning of the 2007 season).

During the series' existence, the series became a place for young drivers to gain valuable experience competing against seasoned veterans like Danny Bagwell, Geoff Bodine, Johnny Chapman, Jake, and Justin Hobgood, all of which have experience at the top levels of NASCAR. 1986 Daytona 500 Champion Geoffrey Bodine joined the circuit in 2008 to compete in the final four events; ISCARS later used the run to highlight Bodine's involvement as part of an extensive driver development program. Bagwell is well known for a destructive accident in 1999 at Daytona when the vehicle hit the wall and tumbled repeatedly. It ended up upside down, the engine was gone, all the wheels were out, the windshield, and the sheet metal disintegrated, leaving only a pile of bent safety bars. Also in this series was the only car ever to careen into Lake Lloyd, Dave Stacey in 1994.[4] The series was not free from fatal accidents during NASCAR's sanctioning: Joe Young and Joe Booher died in Daytona Dash Series races in 1987 and 1993, respectively.

NASCAR significantly changed the dynamics of the series in the early 1980s. NASCAR mandated using the Iron Duke motor (manufactured by Pontiac), changing the cost for a motor from approximately $800 to $22,000. Pontiac provided motors to five or six teams. The much greater expense led to only ten to twelve teams competing in events. NASCAR changed from a four-cylinder to a V6 motor in 1998, but still allowed teams to use either four or six cylinder engines from that point on. Most teams elected to use the V6 engines. NASCAR's sanctioning for the series ended in 2003, when they transferred the sanctioning to IPOWER (International Participants Of Winning Edge Racing).

Death of Roy Weaver and demise

On February 8, 2004, the first IPOWER Dash race ended in tragedy when Roy Weaver, a safety worker at Daytona International Speedway, was killed when he was struck by a car driven by Ray Paprota. Weaver was attempting to pick up debris from a racing accident at the time. Although inconsequential to the incident, it is noteworthy that Ray Paprota is a paraplegic and was driving with hand controls.[5] For the rest of Speedweeks, flags at Daytona flew at half-staff in Weaver's memory.

In 2005, Weaver's widow and three children competed on The Amazing Race: Family Edition, a reality television competition show on CBS. Two of the challenges were directly related to racing. The family finished in third place.

After Weaver's fatal accident, the Dash Series would not appear on TV and failed to find sponsorship. After the 2005 season was initially cancelled, the sanctioning transferred once more to International Sport Compact Auto Racing Series (ISCARS) that year (with races still run later in the year) and it would soon become a small southeastern touring series for ASA by 2008, soon after being ended after car counts as small as four cars.[1] After a failed attempt in 2013 to run as an independent series, it officially folded.

List of series names

  • 1973 – 1974: The Baby Grand National Racing Association
  • 1975 – 1979: The Baby Grand Series
  • 1980 – 1982: NASCAR International Sedan Series
  • 1983 – 1984: Darlington Dash Series
  • 1985 – 1989: Charlotte/Daytona Dash Series
  • 1990 – 1991: NASCAR Dash Series
  • 1992 – 2003: NASCAR Goody's Dash Series
  • 2004: IPOWER Dash Series
  • 2005 – 2007: ISCARS DASH Touring
  • 2008 – 2011: ISCARS DASH Touring, Sanctioned by ASA

List of champions

Other former regular drivers

References

  1. ^ a b "A History Of The NASCAR Goody's Dash Series (Being Worked On)". Influential Moments in Racing. 23 February 2017. Archived from the original on 23 February 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Dash Series enjoys 'Rebirth' at Daytona". Archived from the original on 2004-09-24.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  3. ^ a b "Humble Beginnings for a Dying Series: NASCAR Touring Series" Archived 2010-03-05 at the Wayback Machine; Jesse Miles, Jr.; Stock Car Racing magazine; 2002; Retrieved February 15, 2007
  4. ^ "Humble Beginnings for a Dying Series: NASCAR Touring Series" Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine; Jesse Miles, Jr.; Stock Car Racing magazine; third page; 2002; Retrieved February 15, 2007,
  5. ^ "Weaver struck by car during caution period". ESPN. Associated Press. February 10, 2004. Retrieved September 15, 2013.
  6. ^ "Huffman Wins Fifth NASCAR Goody's Dash Series Title"; October 28, 2003; www.autochannel.com; Retrieved February 15, 2007
  7. ^ "Goody's Dash Series Champions" Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine; 2002; Stock Car Racing magazine; Retrieved February 15, 2007

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