Modifieds Returning To Martinsville In 2020
Next Generation of Whelen Modified Stars Look To Make History
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is returning to Martinsville Speedway in 2020.
Yes, you read that correctly.
In what will be the first event in 10 years at the ‘Half Mile of Mayhem', the stars of NASCAR's Modified ranks will showcase their talent around one of NASCAR's most historic tracks. The event will take place on Friday, May 8, 2020, under the lights, as part of a weekend that will also include the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Saturday night.
Shortly after Martinsville made the announcement on Facebook live on Tuesday, social media was buzzing with comments from drivers, teams and fans surrounding the marquee event planned for next year.
“It's a piece of history for the Modifieds and everyone knows that Modified fans and teams are all about our place in history in NASCAR. From a series standpoint, I think it's awesome that we go back and I really love the timing of it,” five-time series champion Doug Coby, who has four previous Martinsville starts , said.
In his second Martinsville start in 2005, Coby was under the lights driving for Curt Chase, where he finished fifth.
“We packed the stands for that race,” Coby said. “And I think you are going to see a similar response, especially pairing us up with the Cup Series. You could just feel the atmosphere was really lively the whole time. Night racing is always better, especially for the Modifieds. I think everyone wants to see night races. It's really special to be under the lights.”
“It's huge for our series, there is a lot of history there from the early days in our series and a lot of our legendary races took place there. A lot of the legends of our series have won there and i think it's really cool for the next generation of drivers to be able to go to Martinsville,” defending Whelen Modified Tour champion Justin Bonsignore told NASCAR.com. “Hopefully make this is a yearly tradition of going down there and having a shot at a Grandfather Clock.”
That infamous Grandfather Clock is going to be on the line for the winner of the MaxPro Window Films 200. The clock has been given as the winner's trophy at Martinsville for decades, including when the Whelen Modified Tour visited the track most recently in 2010.