Madison Int’l Speedway Divisions
Super Late Models: Taking to ‘Wisconsin’s Fastest Half Mile’ during the ARCA Midwest Tour Joe Shear Classic in May as well as the Super Late Model Triple Crown in June, July and August, this class is the highest powered stock car you will see this summer at Madison International Speedway. Based on the popular ARCA Midwest Tour rule platform, teams from around the region will converge onto the high banks. Technologically advanced components, ultra adhesive tires and determined drivers have been providing memorable battles in these cars for over forty years at Oregon. This class typically sees 525 horsepower engines on the 10″ Hoosier 3035 and 3045 tire compound, with fabricated chassis, total weight is in the 2725 pound vicinity. Engine combinations vary, but include the ACE (Aluminum Concept Engine) which features aluminum heads, the 6.0 and 6.2 liter LS motors as well as the cast iron 9.5 to 1 compression ratio 362 cubic inch builds.
Late Models: The Weekly Warriors of the NASCAR Late Models make up our premier weekly division as they compete for Wisconsin and National NASCAR fame and honors. With common rules set by the Big 8 Late Model Series, Madison’s best will be challenged by the outsiders throughout the year, including the annual Big 8 visit and the Badgerland Challenge events. A multitude of Champions and challengers call MIS home and continuously find themselves in the middle of the excitement under the lights on Friday nights. This class typically sees 450-475 horsepower engines on the 8″ American Racer 870 tire compound, with fabricated chassis, total weight is in the 2825 pound vicinity. The 10.8 to 1 compression cast iron production engine platform is the basis of the class, with a maximum cubic inch allowance of 362. Newer technology including the 5.3 liter LS motor and General Motors ‘604’ crate have become popular combinations as well, with all three engine platforms collecting feature wins at MIS in 2017.
Sportsman: The purest form of stock car racing weekly at MIS, the Sportsman class is a hands on class that sees drivers wrestle these cars around the high banks. With rules following the Great Northern Sportsman Series closely, these machines utilize many factory original components. An array of body styles make this a fun class for old and young alike. On a typical Friday night, fans will see a Ford Thunderbird and Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS going wheel to wheel with modern day Muscle cars like the Mustang and Camaro. This class typically sees 350-370 horsepower engines on the 8″ American Racer 870 compound, with stock frame components and geometry from Detroit, these machines weigh in at 3100 pounds. A limited build 10.8 to 1 compression cast iron, 362 cubic inch engine as well as the General Motors ‘602’ crate engine are in use in Sportsman competition.
Bandits: The ‘Ring of Fire’ comes to life on Friday nights when the Bandits take to the quarter mile track located within MIS. These four cylinder machines are ultra competitive, with the front wheel drive cars lifting their back tires off the racing surface as they speed through the corners. A wide variety of car name plates make up the field each race night with domestic and foreign name plates, many models which you still see on the roads today. A wide variety of stock production engines ranging from 1.8 to 2.5 liters can be found under the hoods of these stock production frames. With limited ‘for racing’ changes allowed, coupled with DOT tires, the Bandits provide plenty of excitement.
6shooters: This is the Entry Level division at Madison International Speedway. In order to keep the ‘novice’ feel, any driver that has 3 or more feature wins in a single season is unable to compete in future 6shooter events. Based on 2002 and older, stock production, front wheel drive V-6 sedans, this is a throwback class that essentially allows one to remove the glass, chain the doors, acquire safety equipment and hit the quarter mile oval. With domestic vehicles being the only cars allowed, Chevrolets, Fords, Pontiacs, Dodges and Oldsmobiles fill the track as drivers transition from watching in the grandstands to getting their first taste of racing competition. Completely stock engines with a maximum of 3.8 liters sets the tone as few modifications are allowed at all, even the DOT tires are required to be older. A $450 Claim Rule allows the track to purchase a complete running car at any time, helping to keep the cost down and the level of FUN high.
Bandoleros: The Bandolero Car is a turnkey, spec-series racecar designed for drivers as young as eight years old. Serving as a stepping stone between go-karts and stock cars, the simple to use formula of brake is on the left and gas is on the right that you hear when you are karting in the Dells, translates here as well. A Briggs & Stratton 570cc Vanguard rear mounted engine is capable of producing nearly 30 horse power in these 550 pound cars. With a fully fabricated chassis, coil over shocks and racing tires, the Bandolero is a great way to get America’s youth involved in Short Track Auto Racing. While they only race at MIS three times, a substantial amount of area tracks have accepted the Bandoleros as well, visit Home for more information.