2008 NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR SCHEDULES ANNOUNCED
Tradition Continues For NASCAR’s Oldest Division
The Modified Tours have always been an integral part of NASCAR
racing, dating back to the first race in NASCAR history in 1948. As
NASCAR celebrates 60 years of racing and 60 years of
champions, the 2008 schedules for both the NASCAR Whelen Modified
Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour enable the series to
race at some of the best short tracks in America and revisit some of
the roots of the sport.
“The schedules for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR
Whelen Southern Modified Tour are very strong. They encompass new
markets and position both series well for the future,” said George
Silbermann, NASCAR’s managing director of racing operations. “With
the support of Whelen Engineering, a terrific group of track
promoters and a strong field of competitors, we’re looking forward
to continued excitement and close racing throughout the season.”
The 16-race, eight-track NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule
will begin and end at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway – a
track that first opened in 1940 and has always been an important
stop for Modified drivers touring the northeast. The Tour will take
the green flag April 5-6 with the traditional season-opening
Icebreaker, and conclude Oct. 17-18 as part of the track’s World
The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour kicks off its fourth
season March 22 at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C., and will
conclude Oct. 4 at the .455-mile oval . The schedule features 13
races at seven different tracks.
The two Tour schedules also include the fourth annual Made In
America Whelen 300 Sept. 21 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, the
combination event with the two series.
Other key dates:
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will make five stops at the historic
3/8-mile Thompson International Speedway. In addition to the
Icebreaker and World Series, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will
run at Thompson July 19, Aug. 14, and Sept. 6. The July race will be
run under a unique format, where for the first time it will be run
as a 75-lap event where only green flag laps are counted.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will also feature four races at the
traditional half-mile of Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway. The first
race will be April 27 as the main event of Stafford’s Spring Sizzler
weekend. The Tour will return to Stafford May 23 and Aug. 8. The
final race of the season at Stafford will be Sept. 28 as part of the
track’s Fall Final weekend and will run in conjunction with the
NASCAR Grand National Division, East Series.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule features three stops to the
state of New York – a traditional hotbed of Modified racing. The
Whelen Modified Tour will run on Long Island Aug. 2 at Riverhead
(N.Y.) Raceway, a track that has been part of the NASCAR racing
schedule for more than 50 years. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
will make two trips to upstate New York with races at Spencer
Speedway in Williamson July 12 and Chemung Speedrome Oct. 4.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will make two stops at the Magic
Mile – New Hampshire Motor Speedway (July 28 and Sept. 13) – as part
of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekends. The Tour will also make a
return trip to Mansfield (Ohio) Motorsports Park in conjunction with
the NASCAR Grand National Division, East Series.
The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, in its fourth season, will
also feature several stops at tracks that date back to the earliest
days of NASCAR, highlighted by its annual midseason visit to
historic Bowman-Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C., the .25-mile
oval that features tremendous side-by-side, short-track Modified
In addition to the season opener and finale, the NASCAR Whelen
Southern Modified Tour will make four more stops at Caraway – April
12, April 19, July 4, and Sept. 6.
For the first time, the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will
race at the 3/8-mile Lanier National Speedway in Braselton, Ga.
Lanier opened in 1982 and is considered to be Georgia’s premier
The early-season portion of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified
schedule includes stops at three of the fastest tracks in the
southeast: March 29 at the high-bank 4/10-mile oval of Southern
National Raceway Park in Kenly, N.C.; April 5 at South Carolina’s
Greenville-Pickens Speedway, which has been hosting NASCAR races
since 1957; and the first of two stops at the tight, high-speed
4/10-mile of Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, N.C. Ace, which also hosts a
Whelen Southern Modified event Sept. 19, has a history of NASCAR
racing dating back to the 1950s.
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About NASCAR Whelen Modified Tours
The oldest touring series – and the only open-wheeled
division – of NASCAR, the Whelen Modified Tour cars weigh 2,610
pounds and have a wheelbase of 107 inches. Whelen Modified Tour cars
drive on wide Hoosier bias-play tires, while power is provided by
“small block” 350 to 360 cubic-inch engines. The NASCAR Whelen
Modified Tour holds races throughout the northeast, on tracks
ranging in size from a 1/4-mile to one-mile. The NASCAR Whelen
Southern Modified Tour was established in 2005. While the Tour
itself was a new addition, Modified teams have competed in
championship events up and down the east coast since the earliest
days of NASCAR.
2008 NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR SCHEDULE
Date / Site / Location
April 6 Thompson International Speedway Thompson, Conn.
April 27 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford , Conn.
May 23 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn.
June 19 Thompson International Speedway Thompson, Conn.
June 28 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon , N.H.
July 12 Spencer Speedway Williamson, N.Y.
Aug. 2 Riverhead Speedway Riverhead, N.Y.
Aug. 8 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford , Conn.
Aug. 14 Thompson International Speedway Thompson, Conn.
Aug. 23 Mansfield Motorsports Park Mansfield , Ohio
Sept. 7 Thompson International Speedway Thompson, Conn.
Sept. 13 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon , N.H.
Sept. 21 Martinsville Speedway Martinsville , Va.
Sept. 28 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford , Conn.
Oct. 4 Chemung Speedrome Chemung , N.Y.
Oct. 19 Thompson International Speedway Thompson, Conn.
2008 NASCAR WHELEN SOUTHERN MODIFIED TOUR
Date / Site / Location
March 22 Caraway Speedway Asheboro , N.C.
March 29 Southern National Raceway Park Kenly, N.C.
April 5 Greenville-Pickens Speedway Greenville , S.C.
April 11 Ace Speedway Altamahaw , N.C.
April 12 Caraway Speedway Asheboro , N.C.
April 19 Caraway Speedway Asheboro , N.C.
July 4 Caraway Speedway Asheboro , N.C.
Aug. 2 Bowman-Gray Stadium Winston-Salem , N.C.
Aug. 30 Lanier National Speedway Braselton, Ga.
Sept. 6 Caraway Speedway Asheboro , N.C.
Sept. 19 Ace Speedway Altamahaw , N.C.
Sept. 21 Martinsville Speedway Martinsville , Va.
Oct. 4 Caraway Speedway Asheboro , N.C.
*Subject to Change*
Christley/NASCAR WMT PR
December 15, 2007