Kenny Weld is one of the most successful Sprint Car and Modified racecar drivers of all time, but his true talent was as a car builder and mechanic. As a testament to his ability as a driver and car builder, he won the Knoxville Nationals in 1964 with a car he personally built with his father, “Pappy Weld.”
In 1975, Kenny decided to leave Sprint Cars and switch to racing Modifieds. He went on to win many main events during the 1975 season while driving the #91 car pictured here. This car was also the product of his incredible talent as a car builder and became a prototype for cars that Kenny would later build and sell to other competitors. The “Weld” cars dominated northeast modified racing during most of the late 1970’s.
In 1980, Kenny built one of his finest creations, the infamous “Batmobile” driven by Gary Balough in the Syracuse 150 Dirt Modifieds. The car exploited just about every loophole in the rulebook and was a full two seconds faster than anyone else. Following the win, the governing body completely rewrote the rulebook to make sure cars like this were never allowed to race again.
Unfortunately, Kenny Weld passed away in 1997 after losing his two-year battle with cancer. He was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in the same year. Ray acquired this car in 2013.