One of the top young talents of Modified racing is making a move to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 2014.
Whelen Modified Tour team owner Chris Our confirmed to RaceDayCT.com on Monday that he will field a car for Tommy Barrett Jr. with the series next year.
Our currently fields a car for seven-time series champion Mike Stefanik. Our said the plan as of right now is to have Barrett, of Millis, Mass., in a second team car next year.
Our said he and Stefanik are still working to set their plans for next year with the team’s primary car, but that Barrett will definitely be in a second car. He said it’s unclear at this point if the 18-year old Barrett will run part-time or full-time with the team.
“I think he’s a talented, upcoming guy,” Our said. “With some time and grooming he’s going to be a force to be reckoned with down the road no matter what division he goes to. I’ve been watching him and the kid definitely has some serious talent there.”
Barrett arrived as a 15-year old in the SK Light division at Stafford Motor Speedway in 2010 and recorded 14 victories in two seasons at the track before moving on to the Valenti Modified Racing Series full-time in 2012.
He had three victories with the Valenti Modified Racing Series in 2012 and three wins, ten top-five’s and 15 top-10’s in 17 starts in 2013 to finish second in the standings to series champion Rowan Pennink.
Barrett wasn’t immediately available for comment Monday morning.