STAFFORD – A source close to NASCAR confirmed that the sanctioning body is expected to announce later today that four Whelen Modified Tour events will be broadcast nationally in 2013.
“Any time we get TV it’s good,” reigning series champion Doug Coby said. “It’s nice that they’re announcing it now so we can maybe try and line up some sponsorship, which typically doesn’t it happen. Everybody says they can get sponsors for live TV, but that’s not really true. It’s cool though, any time we can get on TV is great.”
The Town Fair Tire 100 on July 13 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway will be broadcast live on Speed.
The Aug. 21 event at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway will be broadcast live on the newly branded Fox Sports 2, the network currently known as Fuel. The F.W. Webb 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sept. 21 will also be broadcast live on Fox Sports 2.
The season-ending World Series at Thompson International Speedway on Oct. 20 will be broadcast tape delayed on the newly rebranded Fox Sports 1, what is currently known as Speed.
The World Series event will be broadcast on Sunday Nov. 3 at noon as a lead-in to pre-race coverage of the Sprint Cup Series event that day at Texas Motor Speedway.
Coby is hoping Friday’s announcement can lead to expanded coverage for the division in 2014.
“The whole thing with television is that you need to keep a base and then you need to grow it,” Coby said. “So if this is the four that are the base then we need to add one next year and go five, or even six. That’s the thing that would really get people excited. The Loudon races being live are a must have as far as I’m concerned. Bristol? I don’t think Bristol showcases us the best way possible. I wouldn’t be afraid of Bristol not being on television. I think you put cars going wide open around a half-mile track, you’re going to crash.
“The World Series should be fun to have at least tape delayed because then whoever is the champion will get a little bit of extra coverage for their season.”