The crown jewel of New England’s short track racing scene is going national in 2020.
The 2020 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule was released on Tuesday afternoon and includes three new tracks and races in both the Midwest and Southeast.
The Tour will make its furthest trip west with the debut of Iowa Speedway on Friday, July 31 in support of the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The division will also make its highly anticipated returns to Martinsville Speedway in Virginia and Jennerstown Speedway in Pennsylvania.
NASCAR’s oldest division will be showcased across eight different states in 2020.
“The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is coming off an exciting year in which we saw Doug Coby continue his historic championship run and we saw the level of competition and number of competitors increase,” said Brandon Thompson, NASCAR managing director, touring series. “We are excited about the mix of high-profile national series tracks that will showcase the great racing on the Modified tour, and the strong short tracks that have been the backbone of Modified racing.”
Martinsville returns to the schedule for the first time since 2010 and will be contested under the lights on the Friday night (May 8) prior to the first-ever night race weekend next May. The modified division first raced at Martinsville in 1960 and was part of the original Modified Tour schedule in 1985.
Jennerstown, a .522-mile oval in western Pennsylvania, will feature the tour on Saturday May 23. The track has held 14 tour races over the years, with the late Ted Christopher being the last to visit Victory Lane in 2006.
The season will begin down south at Virginia’s South Boston Speedway on Saturday, March 21 alongside the track’s showcase Late Model Stock Car division. Connecticut will serve as the traditional opening of racing in New England with the 46th Annual Icebreaker weekend at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Sunday, April 5, followed by the NAPA Spring Sizzler weekend at Stafford Motor Speedway on Sunday, April 26.
The season will conclude with the 48th annual NAPA Fall Final weekend at Stafford on Sunday, Sept. 27, and the 58th annual Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson on Sunday, Oct. 11.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway will again feature a 100-lap showcase on Saturday, July 18. The Whelen Modified Tour will also return with the 200-lap main event for the track’s Full Throttle Fall Weekend on Saturday, Sept. 12.
The complete 2020 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule can be found below.
- Saturday March 21 | South Boston Speedway | South Boston, Va.
- Sunday April 5 | Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park | Thompson, Conn.
- Sunday April 26 | Stafford Motor Speedway | Stafford, Conn.
- Friday May 8 | Martinsville Speedway | Martinsville, Va.
- Saturday May 23 | Jennerstown Speedway | Jennerstown, Pa.
- Saturday June 6 | Seekonk Speedway | Seekonk, Mass.
- Saturday June 20 | Riverhead Raceway | Riverhead, N.Y.
- Saturday July 11 | Wall Stadium Speedway |Wall, N.J.
- Saturday July 18 | New Hampshire Motor Speedway | Loudon, N.H.
- Friday July 31 | Iowa Speedway | Newton, Iowa
- Friday Aug. 7 | Stafford Motor Speedway | Stafford, Conn.
- Wednesday Aug. 19 | Thompson Speedway | Thompson. Conn.
- Saturday Sept. 5 | Oswego Speedway | Oswego, N.Y.
- Saturday Sept. 12 | New Hampshire Motor Speedway | Loudon, N.H.
- Saturday, Sept. 19 | Riverhead Raceway | Riverhead, N.Y.
- Sunday Sept. 27 | Stafford Motor Speedway | Stafford, Conn.
- Sunday, Oct. 11 | Thompson Speedway | Thompson. Conn.