Joe Duvall on track. (Tyler Rinken Photo)

Duvall Dons American Racer USRA Modified Series Crown

Joe Duvall has worn many hats during his career in motorsports, but this year that lid transformed into a crown as the 51-year-old from Claremore, Okla., captured the championship in the American Racer USRA Modified Series powered by Day Motor Sports.

Duvall recorded five top-fives and 10 top-10 finishes during the season which saw 209 different drivers compete in 16 events.

His lone victory this season happened May 6 at the Super Bee Speedway in Chatham, La., where he has three of his five career ARMS triumphs.

It was vindication for the popular driver this year after finishing in the runner-up spot in last year’s standings behind Chris Henigan.

The owner and operator of Duvall Electric, ‘Big Daddy’ cut his racing teeth more than 30 years ago competing in the world of flat track motorcycle racing as he competed alongside legendary riders such as Chris Carr, Scott Parker and Joe Kopp.

After stints in everything from dirt late models to sprint cars, Duvall eventually turned his sights to dirt modified racing. He captured the 2010 NASCAR Weekly Series Oklahoma State Championship while racing at the Salina Highbanks Speedway and Outlaw Motor Speedway, where he is a two-time track champ.

In addition to his 34 starts with the American Racer USRA Modified Series during the first three seasons of the series, he has competed in more than 250 races with the Summit USMTS National Championship presented by RacinDirt.

The Boothill Speedway in Greenwood, La., hosted the Summit USRA Southern Nationals on Halloween Weekend to wrap the 2023 campaign — a race won by Henigan.