The evolution of Modified racing began in the late 40's with the first NASCAR sanctioned race taking place at Daytona beach course in February,1948. Coupes and sedans were the vehicles of choice and provided a new form of entertainment as tracks began spring up all over the country.
During the early years of racing,these events developed an avid fan base that was prominent along the east coast.It seemed there was no greater following than right here in the south, but the winds of change were blowing. In the late eighties, while modified racing was maintaining its popularity in the Northeast U.S. Late Model Stock cars moved into the spotlight throughout the south.
The downward slide suffered by the southern modifieds made many people feel that the division was fading and quite possibly disappearing altogether from the region. To combat this,in the fall of 1988, after a rained-out event in Mytle Beach,S.C. a group of dedicated car owners and drivers banded together to form a club that would strive to return Modifieds to their previous state of popularity in the South. As a result of that meeting the SOUTHERN MODIFIED AUTO RACING TEAMS (S.M.A.R.T.) was born.
Since its inception, S.M.A.R.T. has had opportunity to provide race fans thoughtout the southeast with spectacular displays of raw power, fast-paced action and speed unrivaled by most asphalt racing today. Though hard work and dedication the efforts of S.M.A.R.T. have paid off.
Modified racing is once again gaining popularity here in the south. One thing is certain,where ever the race, when the green flag falls modifieds will not fail to blow you away !
In 2005 the Southern Modified Auto Racing Tour joined forces's with NASCAR to for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour