EXTEND RELATIONSHIP TO 2019
Sponsorship For NASCAR Modified Tour, NASCAR Southern
And NASCAR All-American Series
National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) and Whelen
Engineering, Inc., have announced an extension that will see Whelen remain
as the entitlement sponsor for three of NASCAR’s developmental series
through the 2019 racing season.
“During the last five seasons, Whelen has been an invaluable partner for
NASCAR in advancing both grassroots racing and key regional tours,” said
George Silbermann, NASCAR managing director of racing operations. “The
commitment that Whelen has made to the future of these series is
unprecedented, and it is a partnership that will continue to flourish for
many years to come.”
The extension means Whelen, which became an entitlement sponsor in 2004, is
the longest running current entitlement contract for any of NASCAR's series.
"Whelen understands the value of short track racing, both to the future of
NASCAR and the fan. Short track racing is the foundation of NASCAR and it
provides affordable and exciting entertainment for racing fans of all ages
in their local neighborhoods,” said Phil Kurze, Whelen vice president for
motorsports. “Whelen is proud to be associated with local short track racing
and the Modified Tours and as long as fans continue to support Whelen we
will continue to support the most entertaining racing in all of motorsports.
NASCAR short track racing has a friend and a sponsor for the decade."
The NASCAR Whelen Modified and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tours are the
only two open-wheel series under the NASCAR banner. The Whelen Modified Tour
traces its roots back to the very first NASCAR race, held in Daytona Beach,
Fla. in 1948. Many of the early NASCAR race cars were “modified” and the
division evolved from there. Today, these unique race cars remain wildly
popular along the Eastern Seaboard. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour competes
primarily in the Northeast while the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour
races throughout the Southern states.
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series is comprised of a network of more than
50 race tracks across North America. NASCAR-sanctioned short track races are
held on dirt and asphalt tracks of all shapes and sizes. A national
championship is awarded, along with U.S. state and Canadian province
championships, rookies of the year, and track championships.
Whelen Engineering is the leading manufacturer of automotive, aviation,
industrial and public emergency lighting and warning systems, including the
caution lights on the track and pace cars at all levels of NASCAR events.
Whelen has plants in Chester, Conn., and Charlestown, N.H., and is the only
U.S. manufacturer of emergency warning equipment to still produce its
products entirely in the United States.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tours have
expanded television coverage in 2010. SPEED and VERSUS will combine to
broadcast 16 races, highlighted by a same-day broadcast of the combination
race between the two Tours at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on Aug. 18 by
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will open its 2010 season opens this weekend
at Thompson. Activities for the Icebreaker will begin with practice and
qualifying on Saturday, April 10 and the 150-lap race is slated for Sunday,
Source: Jason Cunningham / NASCAR