Clifton Named NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Director

Former Track Promoter Brings Experience To Young Series

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 3, 2009) – Sherry Clifton, who most recently served as promoter of Hickory Motor Speedway for more than a decade and has been involved in motorsports most of her life, has been named the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Director. Clifton will lead the Tour that began racing in the southeastern United States in 2005.

“We are very pleased to welcome Sherry Clifton to our NASCAR team,” said Richard Buck , NASCAR Director of Touring Series . “She brings a wealth of short-track racing experience and knowledge. She is a perfect fit to take the helm of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.”

Clifton, whose father Hal Houston is an older brother to retired NASCAR Nationwide Series legend Tommy Houston, was practically raised at Hickory Motor Speedway. She would often accompany her father to the track to watch him race.

“I am honored to be named director of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour,” said Clifton. “I think this tour is one of the most popular and exciting racing series in the southeast, and I look forward to being a part of the growth expected for this series in 2009.”

“I have been involved in racing practically my entire life and I welcome this new opportunity given to me by NASCAR,” added Clifton.

The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour 2009 schedule consists of 16 races at nine tracks in five states. The season opener will be held on Sunday, March 15, 2009 at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C. The series will make history this year by making its first visit to the high-banked Bristol Motor Speedway Wednesday, Aug. 19.

Clifton replaces Ed Cox, who served as interim director of the Tour in 2008 and will return to his previous position at NASCAR as Special Projects Director of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

For more information, contact:

Tim Southers, NASCAR Public Relations, (386) 235-3634 or tsouthers@nascar.com

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