There is no doubt that the Maverik Modifieds have always been one of the most competitive classes to watch on the America First Credit Union Super Oval. This has been the case since 1997, when Rocky Mountain Raceways held their inaugural year.

Sure, they have seen quite a few changes since that first campaign. From the cars themselves, to the mandated spec engines under the hoods. But still they continue to keep fans on the edge of their seats.

2011 has been no different.

In fact, through the first four main events held this year, there have been four different winners.

Michael Hale drove his No. 01 car home to victory on May 7, 2011, which turned out to be opening night due to snow on April 30, 2011. The very next weekend it was Roger “The Flash” Wilson grabbing his first win of the year in his No. 50 machine. Wilson also won his first feature in 2010 on May 15th, nearly one-year-to-the-date. And, just this past weekend both Dan McCoy (No. 20) and “Mighty” Mark Ith, Jr. (No. 84) split wins in the first double main night of the season due to the April 30th snow out.

So, what does this tell you? On any given night anyone in the field of these Maverik Modified warriors has a legit shot at victory. That’s just how good this class is. And it’s the reason so many fans and those in the media give such high regard to this division. It’s why people show up. If you want to see good racing, this is it.

Emotions also seem to run high. Which is the product of intense side-by-side racing.

The star and cars of the Maverik Modifieds will take the Memorial Day weekend off as they prepare themselves for a return to action on June 4th.

Russ Sala Jr.

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