Modified Teams Ready For Bristol Tire Test

Six Teams Will Test “Worlds Fastest Half Mile” For Hoosier Tires

DAYTONA BEACH , Fla. (Feb. 20, 2009) – Bristol Motor Speedway, the newest addition to the schedule for the NASCAR Whelen and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tours, will welcome teams from each series for a Hoosier Tires test on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

The .533-mile high-banked oval in Tennessee will play host to NASCAR's Modified divisions for the first time in 2009 with a combination race. In preparation for the Aug. 19 race date, Hoosier and NASCAR invited six teams to participate in the test.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be represented by its defending champion Ted Christopher, 2003 titlist Todd Szegedy and Ronnie Silk. The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will have its reigning champion Brian Loftin and 2007 series winner L.W. Miller on hand to test.

Troyer Race Cars was also invited to provide its No. 98 house car for the test session and Matt Hirschman was selected to get behind the wheel. Hirschman, who was runner-up in the 2008 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship standings, is currently looking for a ride for the 2009 campaign.

While the Modifieds have not previously run at Bristol , some of the test drivers have been there before, including Christopher. The Plainville , Conn. , driver attempted to qualify for a NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Bristol in 1999, but hasn't been back to the track since and is looking forward to making laps in a Modified.

“I think the Modifieds are going to be good there,” Christopher said. “I don't think we're going to go much faster than we go at Thompson. We'll probably sustain a faster speed, but I don't think it's going to be much different when we get into the turns. Who knows, we'll know when we get there.”

Like Christopher, Loftin has some laps under his belt at Bristol from when he raced in the former Goody's Dash Series and he's looking forward to taking his Modified around the high concrete banks.

“I'm definitely excited about going up there and checking it out,” Loftin said. “A Modified going around there is just going to have to be wicked.”

While only six teams will participate on-track during the test session, all teams from both the NASCAR Whelen and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tours with a valid 2009 NASCAR license are welcome to attend and observe.

Haulers are scheduled to park at 7 a.m. and the test session is slated to run from approximately 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Notebook:

For more information, contact:

Jason Cunningham, NASCAR Public Relations, (704) 201-6658 or jcunningham@nascar.com

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