NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Returns To “Cement Palace”
We’re past Memorial Day weekend, which means the unofficial start of the summer swing for racing is set to get underway. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East runs its sixth of 14 race events on the 2018 championship schedule this weekend at the three-quarter mile Memphis International Raceway Saturday evening. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour heads to Massachusetts to the third-mile Seekonk Speedway Saturday night.
NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR at SEEKONK
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
After getting the month of May off, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is back in action with the tour’s third consecutive trip to “The Cement Palace” and ninth overall.
While the focus will be on the championship chase, Matt Hirschman is looking to steal the spotlight. The Northampton, Pennsylvania, driver, won the pole and led 62 laps last year before finishing fourth. While he’s still looking for his first tour win since 2008, he started the year strong by winning the tour-type Modified title at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway and finishing third in the tour opener at South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach Speedway.
Four-time defending tour champion Doug Coby is looking to get his season on track. He’s seventh in points and the defending race winner, and showed last year not to count him out too early. Coby has three top fives in four starts at Seekonk.
Justin Bonsignore holds a one-point lead on Chase Dowling, and has a pair of top 10s in two events.
|PLACE||Seekonk (Mass.) Speedway|
|DATE||Saturday, June 2|
|TIME||8 p.m. ET|
|TELEVISION||NBCSN, Wednesday, June 6 – 7 p.m. ET|
|TRACK LAYOUT||.333-mile oval|
|2017 WINNER||Doug Coby|
|2017 POLE||Matt Hirschman|
|EVENT SCHEDULE||Saturday — Garage opens: 12:15 a.m. PT; Final Practice: 2:30-3:50 p.m.; Group qualifying: 5:30 p.m.; Seekonk 150: 8 p.m.|
CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The maximum starting field is 28 cars, including provisionals.
Qualifying groups will be determined by each vehicle’s overall fastest single lap from the official practice sessions.
The first 22 cars will secure starting positions based on group qualifying session. The remaining six spots will be awarded through the provisional process.
Each group qualifying session will be five (5) minutes in duration and the fastest single lap speed of each vehicle will determine starting positions 1st through 22nd. Adjustments or repairs may not be made on a vehicle after the vehicle enters the track to begin the qualifying session. Vehicles may not
return to the track or make any further qualifying laps unless directed to do so by a NASCAR Official or in the event of a caution. If a vehicle returns to pit road, the vehicle’s qualifying attempt is complete.
The Seekonk 150 will 150 laps (49.99 miles). Maximum of three (3) crew members permitted over the wall at any time during the event. Teams may only change one (1) tire on a single pit stop. Teams will be permitted to swap/move tire locations.
The maximum tire allotment available for this event is eight (8) tires per team. Four (4) tires used for qualifying must be used to begin the race. The tire change rule is zero (0).