We know that most race shops don’t have the time or the hardware to make serious chassis repairs, but every race team should be able to identify when a chassis builder is capable of performing quality repair work.
Hess Race Cars in Mooresville, North Carolina, is a shop exactly like that when it comes to asphalt racing chassis. They regularly build everything from Late Model Stocks to NASCAR touring cars. To show you how it’s done right, we documented one of the toughest repair tests any chassis builder faces. This is an asphalt touring car that took a pretty hard lick to the right front corner and requires a new front clip. Making matters more difficult is the fact that the car was originally fabricated by a different builder. The owner had already noticed the success that the Hess-built cars were having in the series and after the wreck, brought the car to the Hess shops for one of their front clips. Putting a new clip on one of your own cars is one thing, but the task gets much more difficult when trying to fabricate a new clip to a car with different attachment points between the clip and the framerails.
Other top-quality chassis builders may vary their methods slightly, but for the most part it all works the same. And we know this works because we’ve seen cars both built and repaired by the craftsmen at Hess Race Cars many times at many different racetracks.