Four thousand dollars for 25 laps of work will be up for grabs when the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Whelen Southern Modified Tour hit the track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the inaugural NHMS Modified Shootout on July 11, 2014.
The race was announced as part of the 2014 schedule during Saturday’s Touring Series banquet at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte.
The 25-lap invitation only event will pay $4,000 to win and at least $800 to start, part of a $25,000 total purse. The field for the event is expected to be 20-24 cars, representing previous champions and winners in both divisions, along with the 2013 Rookie of the Year award winners each division.
The event is part of the July Sprint Cup Series weekend at the track. The Friday card at the track will see new shootout event sharing then schedule with Sprint Cup Series qualifying and a 100-lap K&N Pro Series East event. The Whelen Modified Tour will run a regular points paying event on July 12.
“This promises to peg the excitement meter,” New Hampshire Motor Speedway executive vice president and general manager Jerry Gappens said in a release. “The NASCAR Whelen Modifieds are always one of the most popular and exciting races of the weekend. This gives a majority of the competitors two big days of racing and what I think will be the best pole-day card at any NASCAR track. We think this will really give the fans more bang for their buck.”
More details concerning the event format are expected at a later date. A NASCAR official confirmed Saturday that there would be no additional practice rounds for participants in the event and it was reported that the lineup will likely be set by blind draw.