The NASCAR Modified community lost another great competitor on Sunday night.

Wade Cole, a veteran of racing on NASCAR’s oldest touring series for 34 years, passed away. Cole was 67-years-old.

“It is with a very heavy heart that I share with you that Wade Cole has passed away. One of the truly good guys in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour garage area,” Whelen Modified Tour director Jimmy Wilson shared on Facebook Monday morning. “As in this picture, you never saw Wade without a smile on his face. I was always happy to see him roll through the gate. Wade was a racer’s racer. Always there, worked hard and had fun. My thoughts and prayers go out to Wade’s family, race team, friends and fans. Wade, God Bless, you will truly be missed.”

RACING-REFERENCE: Wade Cole Career Stats

The entire Modified community wasn’t shy in posting their thoughts across social media on Monday.

“Heartbroken is an understatement Wade you’ve done so much for me,” Kyle Ellwood, who competed for Cole on the series in select events, said in his own Facebook post.

“Just the mere mention of Wade Cole brings a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart and then the thoughts quickly switch to what an old school, hard working man this truly was,” Bob Finan, longtime announcer at Riverhead Raceway in New York, said on Facebook. “Many say they have worked so hard to race, this driver lived it. All of us at Riverhead Raceway are heartbroken this morning our thoughts and prayers are with Wade’s family and friends.”

“Just heard the news about the passing of Wade Cole, a true racer. Wade always had a smile on his face and would help any time you asked. Wade showed up every week to the track with his iconic #33 on a wrecker with tires hanging above the roof while being surrounded by stacker haulers,” Kevin Stuart Motorsports posted on Facebook. “If there was a WMT race, there was the #33 pulling in to race it. Another racer gone too soon. Our condolences go out to the Cole family.”

“Man, someone hit the reset button on 2020,” Timmy Solomito said in a post. “One of the good guys gone too soon. Rest In Peace Wade. The 33 will forever be an icon in our sport.”

Cole’s name has now been added to a list of Modified losses in the last three years, including Ted Christopher, who passed in a plane crash in 2017, and Mike Stefanik, who died six months prior to Cole, in September of 2019.


  1. I’ve worked with Wade for a decade on the Tour. While I couldn’t make every single race he ran, I was there for most of them since 2010. Our team was small but we were a family, we all got along and worked well together. Myself, Gloria, Rick, Jake, Dale, Aimee and occasional help from others, we really gave those bigger teams a run for their money on pit road with what we had. We weren’t the best but there were very few issues and mistakes. We had a lot of fun working for Wade, we’re deeply saddened and we miss our friend. We’ll all carry on Wade’s legacy for the rest of our lives.

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