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The Great Debate: Pro Mod vs Steel Body (Opinion Piece)

June 11, 2018

Since the pro mod vs steel body debate is getting so much popularity, I thought this was necessary...


The other day, I was scrolling through the notifications on my Pro Stock account on Instagram, (@pro_stockers) and I got caught up in a debate with someone who said Pro Stocks are slow. I proceeded to mention that Pro Stock cars make half of the horsepower that the high dollar pro mods do, and they run within five tenths of the fastest pro mod combinations. The other person then stated that my point is invalid because Pro Stocks are similar to Pro Mods and that there are steel body cars faster than Pro Stocks. 


The average steel body car weighs around 2,900 lbs and makes over 4,000 horsepower if built correctly. A Pro Stock car must weigh no less than 2,400 to pass tech, and they make somewhere between 1,900-2,100 horsepower. Nobody really knows the exact number, they just make assumptions based off of timeslips. 500 lbs doesn’t account for 2000 horsepower, that’s common knowledge, but that does bring up something else we see a lot, which is the steel body vs pro mod debate...


People are treating steel bodies and pro mods like they are complete opposites, but in reality, they’re quite similar. The steel body and pro mod records are just over a tenth away from each other in the eighth mile, which is a lot smaller of a gap than most people assume. In a lot of cases, people who run steel cars in classes where pro mods are legal tend to fall back on that when they lose. They use their combination as an excuse, and I feel that’s just plain stupid. 


The rules in these classes are created to be neutral to all combinations. There’s no intended advantage for any driver or any combination. Classes that allow both pro mods and steel body cars did that to see more diversity in the class, and made the rules equal for both. 


The way I see it, if you feel that there’s an advantage with on