Frequently Asked Questions

Stock Car Fabrication Training Program


Only Jay Hedgecock has built cars for and raced against some of the most legendary drivers and owners in the motor sports industry. No other fabrication school has the credentials, experience, resources and connections as Hedgecock Racing Academy.

How are we different from other schools?

  • Hedgecock Racing has been building stock cars for NASCAR teams for over 20 years. No other school or training program can make that claim.
  • Hedgecock Racing is a stock car fabrication company first and a training program second. No other training school in the industry has the experience, training resources and connections as Jay Hedgecock and his team.
  • Hedgecock Racing runs its program out of a real race car fabrication shop, not a simulated shop set up strictly for running a school.
  • Hedgecock Racing is credited with training current and previous racing industry professionals in the art of fabricating stock cars including Bobby Labonte, Jeff Burton just to name a few.
  • Hedgecock Racing Academy's training programs are only 9 weeks long - which is more enough time to learn fabrication techniques from the master himself - Jay Hedgecock. Hedgecock Racing Academy simulates the true nature and urgency of working in a race shop by completing its training program in a shorter time than all the other schools while teaching more.
  • Hedgecock Racing teaches in a way that is consistent with how NASCAR teams run their fabrication shops. Since Jay has worked with countless race teams over the years, he knows how the system works.
  • Hedgecock Racing Program will prove to be more valuable in the job market than any other school in the industry. Jay Hedgecock and his team are well known throughout the stock car industry as the best fabrication shop in the business.
  • Only Hedgecock Racing will provide you with the opportunity to build a car from the ground up as a team and then track test it.

Are the Hedgecock instructors qualified?

Yes - absolutely. Jay Hedgecock and his team are some of the most qualified stock car fabricators in the industry with well over 20 years of experience in building stock cars for race teams.

What will I actually learn?

Hedgecock Racing Academy's 9 week motor sports training program simulates the fast pace of building stock cars from the ground up and then getting them ready to hit the track. You will learn:
  • How to build a stock car from the ground up.
  • How an authentic race shop operates
  • How to operate in the fast pace environment of the stock car industry

What is included in the tuition?

  • 9 weeks of intense hands on experience fabricating stock cars
  • Build a stock car from scratch
  • Learn how to: build a car and be a part of a crew
  • Classes include: Chassis fabrication, Sheet metal, Body placement
  • Track experience
  • Program Study Manual
  • T-shirt – Hat
  • Diploma / Hedgecock Certification

Can I take a tour of the Hedgecock Racing Academy prior to enrolling?

Absolutely. We even encourage it. Please contact our office to schedule a personalized tour at your convenience.

What are my chances of getting a job in the racing industry?

Better than average - Currently 50 stock car racing industry professionals were trained at Hedgecock Racing including Jeff Burton and Bobby Labonte just to name a few.

Will I be trained in a real race shop or a classroom?

You will be trained in a real stock car fabrication shop primarily and a classroom for overviews and explanations. The Hedgecock Racing Academy Training & Certification Programs are all hands on as well and reinforced with course manuals and in-class instruction.

 No other training program in the US offers a more comprehensive and reputable certification program as does Hedgecock Racing Academy.

What are the qualifications for admission to Hedgecock Racing Academy?

There are no educational qualifications; however, all students must be at least 18 years old. Otherwise, you will need to get a parental consent form signed by a legal guardian.

How long the program is and how many hours a day will we be in training?

Hedgecock Racing Academy's packs everything that you need to know into an intense 9 week training program designed to teach you how to build a stock car from the ground up. The schedule is typically 8 am - 4:30 pm. However, classes may run later if the class or a student needs further instruction. Additionally, there will be training sessions on Saturdays and/or Sundays if necessary at the instructor's discretion.