According to sources close to the Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR is expected to announce within the next two weeks that Whelen Engineering of Chester will be the title sponsor for the special Whelen Modified Tour invitation-only non-points event for the division at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 11.
The event will be billed as the Whelen All-Star Shootout.
The 40-lap event will be part of the Oxford Casino Pole Day racing card on the Friday of the Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The event will pay at least $4,500 to win, with contingencies. Teams will earn at least $800 to start with some special bonuses included for the event.
NASCAR will announce that the special event will be run in two 20-lap segments. The field for the event will be capped at 20 drivers. The starting lineup for the first segment will be set by a random draw. Before the second segment, a decision will be made to invert the lineup by between 4 and 10 positions. There will be a caution between segments to reset the lineup, but the laps run will not be counted toward the race total of 40. There will be no pit stops.
Eligibility to make the will field will include current and past champions of the Whelen Modified Tour and Whelen Southern Modified Tour. Also included will be the 2013 Whelen Modified Tour and Whelen Southern Modified Tour Sunoco Rookie of the Year award winners. Any remaining spots in the 20-car field will be filled by drivers with the most wins in in either series since 2005 through June 20, 2014 who do not already meet eligibility criteria.
The Whelen All-Star Shootout will be televised by FOX Sports. Broadcast are expected to be announced at a later date.