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Underbelly Armor: Installing a Skid Plate

We had a chance to drive one of these specially engineered and race-prepped automobiles around the third-mile at Irwindale on a Thursday before the race. Back in our formative driving years we strategically placed plastic lunch trays under the rear wheels of a Dodge Omni in a snow covered parking lot and pulled up the parking brake. Mayhem ensued. There is a vast difference between goofball teenagers spinning donuts around a snow-covered parking lot, and trying to keep a similarly-equipped car going around a 1/3 mile asphalt banked oval. Driving a Skid Plate car around the track is a great deal more difficult than it looks, but a lot more fun than one might think. Just when you think you have things under control, all control is lost. Spin city, and you’re the Mayor!

We had a chance to drive one of these specially engineered and race-prepped automobiles around the third-mile at Irwindale on a Thursday before the race. Back in our formative driving years we strategically placed plastic lunch trays under the rear wheels of a Dodge Omni in a snow covered parking lot and pulled up the parking brake. Mayhem ensued. There is a vast difference between goofball teenagers spinning donuts around a snow-covered parking lot, and trying to keep a similarly-equipped car going around a 1/3 mile asphalt banked oval. Driving a Skid Plate car around the track is a great deal more difficult than it looks, but a lot more fun than one might think. Just when you think you have things under control, all control is lost. Spin city, and you’re the Mayor!

Jeep, Car & Truck Skid Plates at Summit Racing

Skid Plate racing rules are straightforward. Any 1980 or newer four or six-banger front wheel drive car with a 90-inch or longer wheelbase is OK. No secret reinforcements or buttressing allowed. No added weight. Hitting the buffet a few times to add weight to the driver before the race is OK. A Skid Plate Race car must be stock at its core. If you are going to run a V6, two of its cylinders must be disabled. The key to Skid Plate racing are the rear wheels, and absence of rear tires. Mild steel flat plates welded onto stock rear steel wheels are the only racing-spec part. The skid plates are available from the House of Irwindale, and cannot be modified. Auto Soccer and Demo Derby Master of Mayhem Robert Rice created and tested the rear skid plate wheels for use in this unique to Irwindale style of 1/3 mile banked oval motor racing. Bolt the rear skid plates on, attach the safety chains, pull up the parking brake, and it’s time to go racing!

Skid Plate Racing Rules the Oval - CLUNKBUCKET

We had a chance to drive one of these specially engineered and race-prepped automobiles around the third-mile at Irwindale on a Thursday before the race. Back in our formative driving years we strategically placed plastic lunch trays under the rear wheels of a Dodge Omni in a snow covered parking lot and pulled up the parking brake. Mayhem ensued. There is a vast difference between goofball teenagers spinning donuts around a snow-covered parking lot, and trying to keep a similarly-equipped car going around a 1/3 mile asphalt banked oval. Driving a Skid Plate car around the track is a great deal more difficult than it looks, but a lot more fun than one might think. Just when you think you have things under control, all control is lost. Spin city, and you’re the Mayor!

I'll be representing Team Jalopnik in a skid plate car on the race coming up September 21, and I should get a quick bit of practice in one on the 19th. I'm not really expecting to win, or even not embarrass myself, but I'm pretty confident I'll have a hell of a time. If you're anywhere near , come out and cheer me on, or heckle me until I cry. It'll be a blast either way!