Originally Posted by itat
I don't know of any racing series that uses "stock" cars except maybe the 6 cylinder and under series at our local tracks. The "Stock Car" label probably wasn't accurate the first time it was used! Stock body and chassis maybe, but definitely lots of mods to make 'em go faster.
Engines could be blueprinted but had to be stock configurations available on showroom models---Ford 427s, Chrysler 426 wedges and street hemis, Chevy 396 and 427 "rat" motors, Pontiac 421s and such. The cars had stock interiors ripped out down to a single bucket seat and the dashboards were still in place. The thing was, you knew Lorenzen was out there in an actual Ford, Johnson in an actual Chevy and Petty in an actual Plymouth. And you could buy the models and engines they raced, which was why Plymouth had to make those Superbirds with the pointy noses and big wings--if they didn't sell it they couldn't race it. And that was cool.
Now the cars are like funny cars from late 60s drag racing--custom chassis and engines with a phony body that bears a resemblance to a real car. Might as well be Formula 1 racing but with no corners. Not cool.