ASHEBORO, N.C. – The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will have a milestone weekend when the 2014 season takes the green flag on March 9.
The Whelen Season Opener 150 will mark the 50th all-time race for the Whelen Southern Modified Tour at the rural North Carolina oval, and will also launch the 10th season of competition for the tour.
It all began for the Whelen Southern Modified Tour on March 26, 2005 when Caraway play host to the tour’s inaugural event. Nine years and 49 races later, the track and tour have forged quite a history together. No other facility has welcomed the tour more than nine times through the first nine seasons.
This week’s Whelen Season Opener 150 will mark the eighth time in 10 years that the high-banked .455-mile oval has been the site of the Whelen Southern Modified Tour’s opening contest. It has also hosted the finale five times, and traditionally holds a July 4 weekend event among its midseason dates.
Brian Loftin, Junior Miller and L.W. Miller were the kings of Caraway in the first four years of Whelen Southern Modified Tour action as they combined to win 17 of the first 21 events there. The subsequent five seasons have seen George Brunnhoelzl III and Andy Seuss account for 18 victories in the last 26 trips.
Jason Myers won the season opening event at Caraway Speedway and will look to continue a hot start to 2014, which included a second-place finish in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour portion of the UNOH Battle at the Beach at Daytona Int’l Speedway last month.