BY: Kyle Souza / PHOTO: NASCAR/ADAM GLANZMAN
NASCAR announced on Friday the opening of the 2020 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season will take place at Myrtle Beach Speedway in South Carolina on May 30th.
The race will begin at 6 p.m., according to a NASCAR release, and will be 133 laps in distance. The race will be the Wade Cole Memorial 133 presented by Dunleavy Truck and Trailer Repair — named after late NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour regular Wade Cole who lost his life over the offseason.
The race will be a points championship event towards the 2020 title. The race will be held without fans in the grandstands, and NASCAR says they will follow social distancing throughout the infield. Each team will be able to bring eight crew members with them — including a driver, car owner, crew chief and crew.
“The support of Whelen Engineering, Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair and Hoosier was key to us being able to put this together,” said Brandon Thompson, managing director of NASCAR touring series, in a NASCAR release. “Myrtle Beach Speedway and track owner Bob Lutz deserve a lot of credit in providing us with opportunity to kick off the 2020 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season.”
Different from NASCAR’s top three national divisions, the event will include practice, qualifying and the race in the same day. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour competed at Myrtle Beach Speedway from 2017-2019, but was not originally planned to compete as part of the 2020 schedule released prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Timmy Solomito, Jon McKennedy and defending and six-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby were the three winners over the last three years of competition at the South Carolina oval.
NASCAR did not immediately release any information regarding streaming of the race, although the TrackPass platform on NBC Sports Gold was originally slated to air all 17 races during the season for a package totaling $19.99. The event is not on the TrackPass schedule via their website.
The remainder of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 2020 schedule was not announced as part of the release.