NASCAR isn’t wasting any time preparing for the 2019 Whelen Modified Tour season.
The first of the 2019 racing plans for NASCAR’s oldest touring series were announced Wednesday morning.
Brandon Thompson, Managing Director of NASCAR Touring Series, confirmed to NASCAR.com that the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to South Boston Speedway in Virginia on Saturday, March 30, 2019.
It will be the first time in history that the unified Whelen Modified Tour heads to the famed Virginia oval.
“Obviously there is a rich history at South Boston Speedway, and we are excited to return,” Thompson said. “It is paramount for us to be able to have southern representation on our Whelen Modified Tour schedule. This gives us the opportunity, at a place that has such rich history in NASCAR in general, but in particular with the modifieds.”
Previously, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour competed at South Boston in 2001, a race won by Jerry Marquis. He defeated 33 other modified competitors, including NASCAR Hall of Famer Mike Stefanik and the late Ted Christopher, who finished second and third that night.
After eight years away, NASCAR’s modified division returned in 2009 with the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. The Southern Tour ran 11 races at the .4-mile oval from 2009 to 2016, with Andy Seuss, a two-time champion of the Southern Modified Tour, winning three of them.
South Boston Speedway also runs weekly as part of the NASCAR Whelen All American Series.