HISTORIC NASCAR MODIFIED TOUR
RETURNS TO HISTORIC MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY
ON SEPT. 20 FOR MADE IN AMERICA WHELEN 300
original series makes a return visit to the historic track on
Saturday, September 20 for the Made In America Whelen 300.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race is scheduled to begin at 3:30
p.m. on September 20, capping off a full day of action.
When Red Byron won the very first race at Martinsville in 1947, it
was in a Modified, a year before NASCAR was formed. When the Made In
America Whelen 300 takes the green flag, the series will be in the
midst of its 60th anniversary tour.
“Martinsville and Modifieds have always been linked together. When
you think of one, you think of the other,” said Martinsville
Speedway president Clay Campbell. “We’re excited to be a part of the
series’ 60th anniversary tour and we think the fans are going to be
Fan gates will open at 9 a.m. on September 20 with the powerful
Modifieds rolling out at 9:30 a.m. for a 90-minute practice session.
Qualifying for the Made In America Whelen 300 is at 12:30 p.m.
followed by a driver autograph session open to fans on pit road. The
fastest 35 drivers will earn slots in the field through qualifying
with the remaining eight spots filled through point-standings
The Made In America Whelen 300 is a combination event, with cars
from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the NASCAR Whelen Southern
Modified Tour going head-to-head. It is the only combination event
of the season.
The Modifieds are the fastest cars to run at Martinsville Speedway.
Greg Sacks set the track’s absolute qualifying record with a lap of
101.014 mph in 1986. By comparison, Tony Stewart has the Sprint Cup
track record at Martinsville with a speed 98.083 mph.
Tickets for the Made In America Whelen 300 are $25. Children five
to 12 years old are $5. Tickets may be purchased by calling
1.877.RACE.TIX or visiting