NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR READIES FOR FIRST
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will travel to historic Wall Township
(N.J.) Speedway for the inaugural “Flash Event” format race on Sunday
May 6. The Thunder at the Shore will be the first of three flash events
in 2007 and the races with the new format has become one of the most
anticipated of the season.
The Flash Event format does away with the time trial
qualifying which is used at most series events. In its place will be
twin 50-lap qualifying races which will determine the starting positions
for the 50-lap feature.
The last time the series used qualifying races to determine
starting positions was at Thompson International Speedway in September
Short-distance races were a common element of the early days
of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Holland (N.Y.) International
Speedway hosted twin 50-lap races in 1985. That same year Thompson
staged a 40-lap event as part of its World Series weekend.
The short-distance race will dramatically change driver
strategy usually associated with the longer races on the NASCAR Whelen
Modified Tour schedule. Drivers will not have the option of holding
back. The distance will require a sprint strategy.
These will not be the first events Wall has hosted. The
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour made its inaugural appearance at Wall in
2003 when John Blewett III was the winner. The following year Reggie
Ruggiero scored a popular win giving local car owner Richard Barney his
first series victory.
The twin 50-lap qualifying races are slated to get the green
at 1 p.m. on May 6. The 50-lap feature is scheduled to start at
approximately 8 p.m.
*The 31-car filed will be
determined by two 50-lap qualifying races which will take 26 cars and
five provisional positions based on 2006 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
points. Positions 1-10 for the first qualifying race will be determined
by a draw of the first ten odd number car owners based on the final 2006
car owner point standings. Positions 1st thru 10th for the second
Qualifying Race will be determined by a draw of the first ten even
number car owners based on 2006 car owner point standings. The final
positions will be determined by a draw of those cars not in the highest
20 of the final 2006 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Championship car owner
qualifying races will carry a $5,300 purse for the two races.
$600 Bud Pole Award money will be divided evenly between the two
qualifying race winners.
Whelen Modified PR
May 3, 2007