NEW NASCAR WHELEN SOUTHERN MODIFIED TOUR
UNVEILED AT BOWMAN GRAY STADIUM
Officials with NASCAR and Whelen Engineering were on hand Saturday night
at Bowman Gray Stadium as the new championship trophy for the NASCAR
Whelen Southern Modified Tour was unveiled.
The unique trophy was presented just before the drivers'
introduction for the Advance Auto Parts 199.
“The trophy is an effort on our part to show our dedication
to the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour,” said Phil Kurze, vice
president of motorsports for Whelen. “We’re very partial to the history
of the history of not only the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour but also to
the history of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. When you sit
down and look at it, we’re making history with every NASCAR Whelen
Southern Modified Tour race that is held.
“This is just the beginning of trying to create some history
that is going to be around for a long time along with this new trophy.
To be able to unveil the trophy here at such an historic track as Bowman
Gray Stadium is very fitting.”
Whelen, the Connecticut-based manufacturer of safety lights,
is in its third year of a long-term sponsorship of the Southern Modified
Tour. It also sponsors the northern-based NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.
George Silbermann, NASCAR's managing director of racing
operations, said that he too was excited about the new trophy that has
an engraved crystal bowl that sits on an approximately three-foot tall
black and blue base.
“This is one of the nicest and most unique trophies that I’ve
ever seen and I can’t thank the folks with Whelen Engineering enough for
all they do to promote racing,” Silbermann said. “I know all the Whelen
Southern Modified Tour drivers want to win the championship for the
pride of that accomplishment, but I think this new trophy will make the
race for the championship even more meaningful to them because this is
not just your ordinary trophy.”
The trophy will bear the name of all of the NASCAR Whelen
Southern Modified champions, and a new trophy will be presented on an
annual basis to the champion.
Mitchell/NASCAR WSMT PR
August 8, 2007