After its first year of employing a new Late Model Body, Five Star Bodies is looking forward to another year of development and competition in 2020.
2019 was the first season for Five Star’s new Late Model Body, which was approved for competition in series such as the Pro All Stars Series as well as at tracks like Slinger Speedway and Tucson Speedway.
The early returns have been positive for drivers, series and tracks alike, an encouraging sign moving forward according to Five Star Bodies sales and marketing manager Corey Schultz.
“It’s getting a lot of good feedback so far,” Schultz told Speed51. “It’s been on the track all year in 2019. It’s had great results. People are really loving it. All the series and tracks who approved it are very happy and satisfied.”
While the new body is available, Five Star is still providing and supporting the old-style body. According to Schultz, sales remain evenly split between the two versions after one year.
“The nice thing about it, sales are probably about 50-50 between old body and new body. It’s going really well. We’re excited about continuing developing that and making sure it’s a successful program nationwide.”
Along with the new Late Model body, a version of the updated look has been approved by NASCAR for Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock competition. The body was presented publicly to teams at Martinsville Speedway (VA) during the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 and even competed in November’s Myrtle Beach 400 at Myrtle Beach Speedway (SC).
“We’ve just got NASCAR approval on the Late Model Stock body, which is really exciting,” said Schultz. “We went through extensive wind tunnel testing with them to make sure the aerodynamics are equal. It’s going to be a great product, it’s already been on track this year.”
While Five Star is best known for supporting teams with providing teams with quality race car bodies, they also offer contingency programs for tracks and series across America, giving back to competitors throughout circle track racing.
“We don’t talk about that much, but we have a contingency program with over 100 tracks and series across the country. I don’t know what the exact dollar amount is, total that we give away. I probably don’t want to know. It’s a very generous program we are very proud of.”
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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