LITTLE NAMED NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR DIRECTOR
NASCAR announced today Chad Little has been named the NASCAR Whelen
Modified Tour director. Little, a former NASCAR driver, has been an
official with NASCAR since 2005, most recently as advisor to the NASCAR
“Modified racing is an integral part of NASCAR history,”
Little said. “The series is strong and I am looking forward to helping
it continue to grow. I had the chance to meet and get to know a lot of
the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour officials, competitors, promoters and
fans last year. There is not a more passionate group than those involved
with Modified racing, and that translates into some of the best racing
Former tour director Ed Cox will handle special projects with
the NASCAR competition division.
“The 2008 season is very important,” Little said. “Not only
is NASCAR celebrating its 60th anniversary, but the NASCAR Whelen
Modified Tour is commemorating its history of 60 years of champions. As
rich as the history is, the future of the tour is just as bright.”
At the 2007 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour banquet, series
sponsor Whelen Engineering announced it was extending its entitlement
sponsorship through 2016.
In addition, Jason Cunningham assumed the duties as the
full-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour media coordinator beginning in
January. Cunningham joins NASCAR from Ohio University , where he was an
assistant sports information director for three and a half years.
Little got his start racing NASCAR-sanctioned short tracks in
the northwest and was the NASCAR Camping World Series West champion in
1987. He went on to make more than 200 starts in the NASCAR Nationwide
Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He will continue to serve in his
advisory role to the NASCAR Mexico Series.
“Chad has been involved with NASCAR racing on the regional
and weekly level all of his life,” said Richard Buck, NASCAR Touring
Series Director. “He brings a wealth of knowledge to the position as
both a competitor and a race official.”
The 16-race, eight-track 2008 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 World Series of Asphalt Racing.