NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 2019 Schedule Announced

South Boston, Wall Additions To 16-Race Championship Slate

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. —  The 35th season of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will feature a mix of historic short tracks on the eastern seaboard as well as the second running of the 250-lap showcase event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

For the third straight season, the Whelen Modified Tour will kick off at South Carolina's Myrtle Beach Speedway. The race on Saturday, March 16, will precede the return of the tour to Virginia's South Boston Speedway.

Following the southern swing, the tour will kickoff the New England racing season as the headliner for a pair of landmark Connecticut race weekends: the 46th annual Icebreaker weekend at Thompson Motorsports Park on Sunday, April 7, and the 48th annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler on Sunday, April 28.

The 16-race tour calendar visits seven states and features the return to Wall Stadium Speedway in Wall Township, New Jersey. The tour has run three events at the high-banked third-mile oval, most recently in 2007.

“The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule celebrates some of most iconic eastern short tracks,” said Brandon Thompson, NASCAR managing director for regional racing. “It's a nod to the old school NASCAR Modified division racing from Connecticut to Virginia competing for championship points and bragging rights. After a tremendous 2018 season, we are even more excited about what 2019 will bring.”

This past year, Long Island's Justin Bonsignore rolled off eight wins en route to his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship. He out-distanced rising young star Chase Dowling and dethroned five-time tour champion Doug Coby to claim the top spot in the premier Modified series.

One of the highlights of 2018 was the inaugural Musket 250, a $25,000-to-win extra-distance championship event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Dowling took advantage of a clash between Bonsignore and former tour champion – and 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver – Ryan Preece in the final turns of the final lap to score his first win and claim the biggest winner's purse in tour history.

The 2019 race at New Hampshire will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21.

The Whelen Modified Tour will also be part of the Monster Energy Series weekend at the “Magic Mile” with its championship points event on Saturday, July 21. The annual all-star race for the tour will be held on the 1.053-mile speedway on Friday, July 20.

Other schedule highlights include:

  • Two premier northeastern tracks remain in place on the calendar: Massachusetts' Seekonk Speedway will host the tour on Saturday, June 1. The tour's trip to upstate New York and Oswego Raceway will be part of the track's 63rd Annual Classic Week with the Toyota Mod Classic 150 presented by McDonald's.
  • Riverhead Raceway will host a pair of races: Saturday, July 6, and Saturday, Sept. 7. Bonsignore swept the two events at his home track in 2018.
  • The championship will conclude with the traditional races at Stafford and Thompson. First will be the 47th Annual NAPA Fall Final weekend at Stafford on Sunday, Sept. 29, followed by the crowning of the 2019 champion at the 57th Annual Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing on Sunday, Oct. 13.

Contact:
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NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
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2019 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Schedule

Date

Track

Location

Laps

Sat, March 16

Myrtle Beach Speedway

Myrtle Beach, S.C.

150

Sat., March 30

South Boston Speedway

South Boston, Va.

150

Sun, April 7

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

Thompson, Conn.

150

Sun, April 28

Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford, Conn.

200

Sat, May 18

Wall Stadium Speedway

Wall Township, N.J.

150

Sat, June 1

Seekonk Speedway

Seekonk, Mass.

150

Wed, June 5

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

Thompson, Conn.

125

Sat. July 6

Riverhead Raceway

Riverhead, N.Y.

200

Fri, July 19 **

New Hampshire Motor Speedway *

Loudon, N.H.

All Star

Sat, July 20

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Loudon, N.H.

100

Fri, Aug 2

Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford, Conn.

150

Wed, Aug 14

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

Thompson, Conn.

150

Sat, Aug 31

Oswego Speedway

Oswego, N.Y.

150

Sat, Sept 7

Riverhead Raceway

Riverhead, N.Y.

200

Sat, Sept 21

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Loudon, N.H.

250

Sun, Sept 29

Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford, Conn.

150

Sun, Oct 13

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

Thompson, Conn.

150

* All-Star non-points event

Schedule subject to change