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2018 Schedule Announced For NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

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Season Opener Returns To Myrtle Beach; New Hampshire Extra-Distance Event On Tap

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will take the green flag on the 2018 season at South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach Speedway in March, and the schedule will feature 16 championship points races at nine different venues.

The champion will once again be crowned at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, as the .625-mile hosts the 56th Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing on Sunday, Oct. 14.

The calendar spotlight’s some of the northeast’s iconic short tracks, includes three fast southern venues and features the longest distance race in tour history as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour takes center stage at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September for a 250-lap showdown.

“Year in and year out, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour puts on some of the most exciting and pulse-pounding action in racing, and we are looking forward to the 2018 season,” said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR vice president of racing operations. “We’ve made some tweaks in the dates to alleviate some of the schedule congestion and better help teams work through the season. In 2017, we saw six drivers enter the final race of the season with a shot at the title, and we’re eager to watch that high level of competition continuing next season.”

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s return to Seekonk Speedway in Massachusetts has been moved from August to June 2. The date change means the tour will only have one instance where it will race three weeks in a row, and will have at least a weekend off between races on 10 different occasions.

Last year, the tour began its new unified era with the season opener at Myrtle Beach. South Carolina’s semi-banked half-mile oval held its first NASCAR event in 1958, and will once again host the opener on Saturday, March 17.

Earlier this summer, NASCAR and New Hampshire Motor Speedway announced the tour will be the headliner on Saturday, Sept. 22 as part of a special event that will also include the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Pinty’s Series.

The NASCAR Whelen Modifeid Tour will also visit New Hampshire in July with a championship points race as well as the annual invitational, non-points All-Star Shootout. The tour will also be part of the national series weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway in August.

After Myrtle Beach, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to New England for two of the staple weekends of the early racing season: The 44rd Annual Icebreaker at Thompson and the 47th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler at Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway.

The tour will make four stops at Thompson, and three at Stafford.

The tour schedule also features two races at Long Island’s Riverhead Raceway, a bullring known for their high-intensity, close-quarters Modified action, as well as return trips to New York’s Oswego Speedway and Virgina’s Langley Speedway in Hampton.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour television broadcast schedule on NBCSN will be announced at a later date.

2018 NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR SCHEDULE

Date Track Location
17-Mar Myrtle Beach Speedway Myrtle Beach, S.C.
8-Apr Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn.
29-Apr Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn.
2-June Seekonk Speedway Seekonk, Mass.
13-June Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn.
23-June Langley Speedway Hampton, Va.
7-July Riverhead Raceway Riverhead, N.Y.
20-July New Hampshire Motor Speedway* Loudon, N.H.
21-July New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, N.H.
3-Aug Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn.
8-Aug Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn.
15-Aug Bristol Motor Speedway Bristol, Tenn.
1-Sep Oswego Speedway Oswego, N.Y..
8-Sep Riverhead Raceway Riverhead, N.Y.
22-Sep New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, N.H.
30-Sep Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn.
14-Oct Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn.

*non-points, special events

SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

VMRS Meeting at Stafford Speedway

With the cold weather moving into the northeast and the end of the racing season, owners and drivers can now focus their attention to the 2018 season’

   Owners and drivers aren’t the only ones planning for the future. Race tracks are getting their schedules together and series that run in the northeast are also making their plans for 2018.
   On Sunday November 19th the Valenti Modified Racing Series will hold their annual off-season meeting.
   Open to all owners, drivers and crews, the Stafford Motor Speedway will be the sight of the meeting starting at 11:00 A.M.
   This will be the perfect time to learn if there are any rule changes, to ask questions and to voice any concerns.
by Jim Snape

Carroll Caps Season With Sunoco Rookie Title

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New Jersey Driver Earns Whelen Modified Tour Honor

By Kyle Souza, NASCARHomeTracks.com
October 25, 2017 – 4:42pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Calvin Carroll clinched his first NASCAR Sunoco Rookie of the Year title in 2017.

Driving a full-time schedule on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Carroll defeated Walter Sutcliffe Jr. and Ronnie Williams in the standings en route to the crown. He won the title by 34 points and was the top rookie contender in five races.

“This was our goal from the beginning of the year, this is what we set out to do,” the Andover, New Jersey native said of winning the crown. “We were able to accomplish it and we are very proud of ourselves for doing it. I think we will set a higher goal now for next year and try to accomplish that.”

Carroll started all 16 events on the unified series schedule and came home with a best finish of 13th. In just his first full-time season, Carroll got off to a rough start by not finishing two of the first three races. However, a strong summer stretch helped him to pull away in the Rookie of the Year standings.

“I think it was an amazing year,” Carroll said. “I think everyone had their own troubles at different tracks and we had our fair share. All and all I just think it was a great year.”

When Carroll visited a track for the second or third time this year, he often improved on his finish. He finished 25th in the Sizzler at Stafford, but in the other two events at the half-mile, Carroll rolled to finishes of 20th and 15th. At Thompson, Carroll found himself finishing 18th at the Icebreaker and he wrapped up the season by finishing 15th in the Sunoco World Series 150, his second-best run of the year.

“We definitely ran better at the end of the year, each time we went to a track we tried to get better and we did that,” Carroll said. “It gave me a lot of confidence.”

The highest point of the season actually came in a non-points event at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s bullring. Carroll finished third, posting his best career modified run.

“It showed a lot about our team, I was extremely happy with that,” Carroll said. “It gave us a lot of confidence to go to Thompson and we ended up doing well there.”

Looking ahead, Carroll will be planning on returning to full-time competition for the 2018 season. He hopes to continue to learn and improve his finish each time he visits a track.

“The competition on the Tour is way higher than any other modified series. There are probably 10 cars that could win each week at any given track, so I’m happy with what we were able to do this year,” Carroll said.

Without the support from his sponsors and team, he wouldn’t be able to roll on the track.

“I have to thank Power With Prestige, Cruising With Bettty, and definitely my whole team. All five of my brothers were at just about every one of the races and they helped me get to the track along with my parents. I’m ready to take the Rookie stripe off and go for next year.”

Carroll will receive his Sunoco Rookie of the Year honor as part of the NASCAR Home tracks Awards ceremony on Dec. 8 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina.