If you’ve never been to a dirt track race before, chances are, you really have no idea what you’re looking at, other than perhaps an interesting take on the open-top roadsters that are a dime-a-dozen in Super Gas and bracket racing. But if you DO have a little dirt track background, then you probably know exactly what this is.
Yes, that is an open wheel Modified, competing on a drag strip. Or rather — as far as we can tell, anyway— a purpose-built drag car made to look like a Modified, which would largely explain the “Mistaken Identity” name the driver has bestowed upon it.
Other than the missing roof — which some forms of open wheel Mods in different parts of the county don’t have anyway — this thing’s pretty spot-on with the look, from the bodywork shrouding the engine back to the flat-as-a-dinner table sheet metal work that comprises the rest of the body. Of course there’s a clear distinction that this is NOT a one-time dirt car converted to drag racing duty (and therefore a life of mostly straight body panels) though: skinnies up front, some big Hoosier meats out back, and no crazy camber angles to help it turn left.
But speaking of turning left. In this video filmed by the crew at Urban Hillbilly, the Mistaken Identity car, on its second pass, launches hard left and nearly brushes the guardrail, proving that maybe — just maybe — this thing knows what it is after all.