Analyzing Late Model Car Counts in North America

Late Model racing is one of the most popular brands of short track racing in North America.  Each year, from the weekly level to the touring series level, racers from all over the continent make their way to short tracks in hopes of reaching victory lane.

At nearly every event Speed51 covers, one of the first questions we get asked is: How many cars are there? It’s a question that everyone wants to know, whether it’s a crown jewel event or a regular points-counting event for a sanctioning body.

In 2018, we decided to analyze car counts for touring series, major events and mini-series throughout North America. Following a positive response, we decided to investigate once again following the 2019 racing season.

After analyzing the car counts for each event for 18 different touring series in North America, our research yielded an average car count of 23.1 for sanctioned Late Model races, down just 1.3 from last year’s results.  That means that on average you can show up to a Late Model touring series event anywhere in North America and expect to see more than 23 cars.

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