16 Races For 35th NASCAR Modified Tour

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The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour field prepares to go racing at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. (Dick Ayers Photo)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 35th season of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will feature a mix of historic short tracks on the eastern seaboard as well as the second running of the 250-lap showcase event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

For the third straight season, the Whelen Modified Tour will open at South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach Speedway. The March 16 race will precede the return of the tour to Virginia’s South Boston Speedway.

Following the southern swing, the tour will kick off the New England racing season as the headliner for a pair of landmark Connecticut race weekends: the 46th annual Icebreaker weekend at Thompson Motorsports Park on April 7 and the 48th annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler on April 28.

The 16-race tour calendar visits seven states and features the return to Wall Stadium Speedway in Wall Township, N.J. The tour has run three events at the high-banked third-mile oval, most recently in 2007.

“The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule celebrates some of most iconic eastern short tracks,” said Brandon Thompson, NASCAR managing director for regional racing. “It’s a nod to the old school NASCAR Modified division racing from Connecticut to Virginia competing for championship points and bragging rights. After a tremendous 2018 season, we are even more excited about what 2019 will bring.”

This past year, Justin Bonsignore rolled off eight wins en route to his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship. He out-distanced rising young star Chase Dowling and dethroned five-time tour champion Doug Coby to claim the top spot in the premier modified series.

One of the highlights of 2018 was the inaugural Musket 250, a $25,000-to-win extra-distance championship event Sept. 21 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Dowling took advantage of a clash between Bonsignore and former tour champion — and 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver — Ryan Preece in the final turns of the final lap to score his first win and claim the biggest winner’s purse in tour history.

The Whelen Modified Tour will also be part of the Monster Energy Series weekend at the “Magic Mile” with its championship points event on July 21. The annual all-star race for the tour will be held on the 1.053-mile speedway on July 20.

Massachusetts’ Seekonk Speedway will host the tour on June 1. The tour’s trip to upstate New York and Oswego Raceway will be part of the track’s 63rd annual Classic Week with the Toyota Mod Classic 150 presented by McDonald’s.

Riverhead Raceway will host a pair of races — July 6 and Sept. 7. Bonsignore swept the two events at his home track in 2018.

The championship will conclude with the traditional races at Stafford and Thompson. First will be the 47th Annual NAPA Fall Final weekend at Stafford Sept. 29, followed by the crowning of the 2019 champion during the 57th annual Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing on Oct. 13.

2019 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Schedule
March 16     Myrtle Beach Speedway  Myrtle Beach, S.C.
March 30     South Boston SpeedwaySouth Boston, Va.
April 7         Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park       Thompson, Conn.
April 28       Stafford Motor Speedway         Stafford, Conn.
May 18        Wall Stadium Speedway  Wall Township, N.J.
June 1         Seekonk Speedway        Seekonk, Mass.
June 5         Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park       Thompson, Conn.
July 6Riverhead Raceway        Riverhead, N.Y.
July 19        New Hampshire Motor Speedway       Loudon, N.H.
July 20        New Hampshire Motor Speedway       Loudon, N.H.
Aug. 2         Stafford Motor Speedway         Stafford, Conn.
Aug. 14       Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park       Thompson, Conn.
Aug. 31       Oswego Speedway         Oswego, N.Y.
Sept. 7        Riverhead Raceway        Riverhead, N.Y.
Sept. 21      New Hampshire Motor Speedway       Loudon, N.H.
Sept. 29      Stafford Motor Speedway         Stafford, Conn.
Oct. 13        Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park       Thompson, Conn.