Events at Connecticut short tracks will once again make up more than half of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule for the 2013.
The division also ran a 14-race schedule in 2012 at the same seven tracks featured on the 2013 schedule.
Stafford Motor Speedway, which had already officially announced their Whelen Modified Tour event dates for 2013, will host the division four times.
Thompson International Speedway will go from hosting four events in 2012 down to three next season. The Waterford Speedbowl, which hosted the division for the first time since 2006 last season, will once again host one event.
The most noticeable change on the schedule is the disappearance of the North-South Showdown. The event, which brought the Whelen Modified Tour and Whelen Southern Modified Tour together on one card, had been run the past two years in early September at Thompson.
The second change to the schedule adds a second event for 2013 at Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway.
“Modified fans are some of the most passionate in motorsports,” George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president, regional and touring series said in a release from NASCAR. “The 2013 calendar will give them plenty of opportunities to enjoy the stars, cars, and the tremendous excitement of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.”
The 2013 Whelen Modified Tour season will open April 14 at Thompson International Speedway as part of the track’s Icebreaker weekend and close the season on Oct. 20 at Thompson with the World Series weekend. The division will also run on Thursday Aug. 15 at Thompson.
The second event of the season will be at Stafford (April 28), part of the Spring Sizzler card at the track. The penultimate event of 2013 will be part of the Fall Final event at Stafford on Sept. 29. Stafford will also hold Friday night events on May 24 and Aug. 2.
The Waterford Speedbowl will welcome the series for a Saturday evening event on June 22. The season unofficially begins with the inaugural UNHO Battle at Beach non-points event on a specially built short track at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 19.
2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Schedule
Tuesday Feb. 19 – Daytona International Speedway (.4-mile), Daytona, Fla. (non-points event)
Sunday April 14 – Thompson International Speedway (.625-mile), Thompson, CT
Sunday April 28 – Stafford Motor Speedway (half-mile), Stafford, CT
Saturday May 11 – Monadnock Speedway (.25-mile), Winchester, N.H.
Friday May 24 – Stafford Motor Speedway (half-mile), Stafford, CT
Saturday June 22 – Waterford Speedbowl (.375-mile), Waterford, CT
Saturday June 29 – Riverhead Raceway (.25-mile), Riverhead, N.Y.
Saturday July 13 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway (1.058-mile), Loudon, N.H.
Friday Aug. 2 – Stafford Motor Speedway (half-mile), Stafford, CT
Thursday Aug. 15 – Thompson International Speedway (.625-mile), Thompson, CT
Wednesday Aug. 21 – Bristol Motor Speedway (.533-mile), Bristol, Tenn.
Saturday Sept. 14 – Riverhead Raceway (.25-mile), Riverhead, N.Y.
Saturday Sept. 21 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway (1.058-mile, Loudon, N.H.
Sunday Sept. 29 – Stafford Motor Speedway (half-mile), Stafford, CT
Sunday Oct. 20 – Thompson International Speedway (.625-mile), Thompson CT
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