17 Races For NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

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The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will feature a 17-race calendar in 2020. (Dick Ayers photo)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A return to Martinsville Speedway in Virginia and a debut at Iowa Speedway headlines the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule for next season.

Martinsville Speedway returns to the calendar for the first time since 2010, with the series visiting the Virginia speed plant on May 8 as part of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series weekend.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will debut at Iowa Speedway on July 31. The event is the furthest west the tour will race in 2020.

Also returning to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule next year is Jennerstown Speedway in Pennsylvania on May 23. The track has held 14 tour races over the years, with the late Ted Christopher being the last to visit victory lane in 2006.

The Whelen Modified Tour will open the season with a return trip to Virginia’s South Boston Speedway on Saturday, March 21. Connecticut will serve as the traditional opening of racing in New England with the 46th Annual Icebreaker weekend at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Sunday, April 5, followed by the NAPA Spring Sizzler weekend at Stafford Motor Speedway on Sunday, April 26.

The season will conclude with the 48th annual NAPA Fall Final weekend at Stafford on Sunday, Sept. 27, and the 58th annual Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson on Sunday, Oct. 11.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway will again feature a 100-lap showcase on Saturday, July 18. The Whelen Modified Tour will also return with the 200-lap main event for the track’s Full Throttle Fall Weekend on Saturday, Sept. 12.

“The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is coming off an exciting year in which we saw Doug Coby continue his historic championship run and we saw the level of competition and number of competitors increase,” said Brandon Thompson, NASCAR managing director, touring series. “We are excited about the mix of high-profile national series tracks that will showcase the great racing on the Modified tour, and the strong short tracks that have been the backbone of Modified racing.”

Two tracks that appeared on the 2019 calendar are absent next year – Myrtle Beach Speedway in South Carolina and Tennessee’s Bristol Motor Speedway.

2020 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Schedule

March 21 – South Boston Speedway – South Boston, Va.

April 5 – Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park – Thompson, Conn.

April 26 – Stafford Motor Speedway – Stafford Springs, Conn.

May 8 – Martinsville Speedway – Martinsville, Va.

May 23 – Jennerstown Speedway – Jennerstown, Pa.

June 6 – Seekonk Speedway – Seekonk, Mass.

June 20 – Riverhead Raceway – Riverhead, N.Y.

July 11 – Wall Stadium Speedway – Wall, N.J.

July 18 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway – Loudon, N.H.

July 31 – Iowa Speedway – Newton, Iowa

Aug. 7 – Stafford Motor Speedway – Stafford Springs, Conn.

Aug. 19 – Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park – Thompson, Conn.

Sept. 5 – Oswego Speedway – Oswego, N.Y.

Sept. 12 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway – Loudon, N.H.

Sept. 19 – Riverhead Raceway – Riverhead, N.Y.

Sept. 27 – Stafford Motor Speedway – Stafford Springs, Conn.

Oct. 11 – Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park – Thompson, Conn.