One of the most iconic symbols of Modified racing could be missing entirely from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 2014.
Boehler Racing Enterprises principal Michael Boehler confirmed Wednesday that, as of now, the team does not have plans to compete with the Whelen Modified Tour in 2014.
Ted Christopher drove Boehler’s iconic Ole Blue No. 3 last year, but Christopher and the team parted ways after the season was over.
The news comes a day after Mike Stefanik, arguably the division’s best driver of all time, announced he would likely not be racing with the series in 2014.
As of now Boehler said the plans for the team are to run part-time on the Valenti Modified Racing Series. In November Boehler had said he hoped to run part-time with both the Whelen Modified Tour and the Valenti Modified Racing Series.
“As far as the Tour stuff goes, I would love to be there, I’ve talked to three or four guys, but we haven’t come up with anything yet,” Boehler said. “Stefanik would be great, but I don’t think he’d be bring any sponsorship, which doesn’t really help us at all. We need that.”
The Ole Blue No. 3 is one of the legendary rides of Modified racing and a fixture on the Whelen Modified Tour since the division’s inception in 1985. The team was pioneered for decades by Boehler’s celebrated father Len, who passed away in 2001.
Before the Modified Tour was created, the team won NASCAR Modified National championships in 1967, ’68 and ’69 with Bugsy Stevens behind the wheel. On the current Modified Tour, BRE won championships with Wayne Anderson in 1994 and Tony Hirschman in 1995 and ’96.
The car has seen four drivers over the past four years. Ryan Preece ended a three-run behind the wheel of the BRE car after the 2010 season. Matt Hirschman drove the car in 2011. Keith Rocco and Ted Christopher shared the ride in 2012 and Christopher ran the car full-time in 2013.
Christopher finished 10th on the Whelen Modified Tour in 2013 with four top-fives and six top-10’s in 14 starts.
Gregg Hurley of Beverly, Mass. will run for Boehler in eight of the 17 Valenti Modified Racing Series events. Hurley is expected to run the three events at the Waterford Speedbowl, the three events at Seekonk (Mass.) Speedway and the two events at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, N.H.
Boehler said he’s hoping to have a driver to compete in the three Valenti Modified Racing Series events at Stafford Speedway and the two at Thompson Speedway.