Originated as the Economy Modified Oval Division (E-Mod) at Mount Lawn Speedway in New Castle, Indiana, Dave Dayton formed the E-Mod Racing Series, to expose modified racing to other race tracks and racers in 1989. The E-Mods ran at the legendary Indiana high-banked facilities of Salem Speedway and Winchester Speedway while also running on smaller ovals such as the 1/4 mile of Anderson Speedway and the tight 1/5 mile of the Indianapolis Speedrome. The E-Mods, as they were known back then were not strictly run on asphalt either as several races were conducted on the dirt tracks of Brownstown Speedway, Gas City Speedway, Lawrenceburg Speedway and Paragon Speedway.
As the E-Mod Series grew and Dave Dayton approached retirement in the early 1990s, Al Larson was brought in to run the series. He had worked for International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) based in Vinton, Iowa. Eventually Larson would buy the E-Mod Racing Series from Dayton and brought in a partner, Jim Minnich of Fort Wayne, Indiana. A year later, Minnich would become the sole owner of the series and would rename the entire organization to what is known today as International Championship Auto Racing (ICAR).
In 1997, Jasper Engines & Transmissions became the first corporate sponsor to sign on as the title sponsor of the series, which was renamed the ICAR Jasper Modified Tour. In 1999, Steve Ellis of Ellis Race Cars stepped into the picture with Minnich looking towards retirement. Ellis hired Keith Beeching as the Race Director and renamed the tour the USA Modified Series. Todd Van Kleeck briefly was at the helm of the series for Ellis in 2003 and 2004, but health issues forced him to resign from his position after a short time. O’Reilly Auto Parts stepped in as the title sponsor of the series from 2007-2009 with Ellis selling the series and its’ amenities to Beeching at the end of the 2008 season.
Beeching would be at the controls of the series until the end of the 2011 campaign when resigned to take over as General Manager of Winchester Speedway Prior to the 2012 racing season, Dave Muzzillo and his wife, Jody from Top Speed Fabrication would purchase the series and today, they remain as the owners/promoters of what is currently known as the ICAR Top Speed Modified Tour.
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