For many years, Stock Car Steel has met the need of the NASCAR industry to provide the top-echelon racing teams with the raw materials they need to build winning race cars. The heart and soul of a NASCAR chassis is primarily constructed with one particular material: 1 ¾” O.D. .090” wall 1018 Cold Drawn Seamless tubing. This is the material used to make a majority of the frame and the roll cage. However, this 1018 Cold Drawn Seamless tubing does not arrive at Stock Car Steel with a .090” wall thickness. That’s where our grinding and polishing department comes into play.
The material arrives with a .095” wall thickness. NASCAR allows teams to construct their chassis with a minimum wall thickness of .090”, and .090” is not a commonly-produced wall thickness in the steel manufacturing world. These teams want to save as much weight as possible, so the practice of grinding
Since 1996, Stock Car Steel has been known for its close relationship with the NASCAR community. Mooresville, North Carolina is the epicenter for NASCAR teams, and they know where they need to go when they need to order raw materials such as steel, aluminum, plastics, and more: that’s right, Stock Car Steel & Aluminum! Every time you see those cars racing on TV on a Sunday afternoon, you can bet that about 90% of those cars in the field started life as raw material in the warehouse at Stock Car Steel. Yet, as we frequently say, “metal is metal.” There are some specialty items that we carry that are pretty much used exclusively in the racing industry, but many of the items we carry can be used in a litany of other fabrication projects. Round tubing isn’t just for roll cages, and square tubing isn’t just for frame rails. Some of our customers have absolutely no connection to racing whatsoever, other than their vicinity to the racing industry in North Carolina. For instance, we have