Two times since the inception of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, team owner Bob Garbarino hasn’t had a car in the season opening event.
In the 1986 and 1988 Whelen Modified Tours season opening events – both at Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, N.C. – Garbarino’s iconic No. 4 car was missing from the starting field.
Saturday the Whelen Modified Tour will once again open its season in the Carolina’s and once again Garbarino’s car will be missing from the field.
Garbarino and his Mystic Missile team will not make the trip to the Whelen Modified Tour season opening Performance Plus 150 Saturday at Myrtle Beach Speedway in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Though the question remains, what is the status of the one of the division’s most legendary and well-known teams.
Jimmy Blewett drove for Garbarino in 2016, racing to a sixth place finish in the season standings. But the pair parted ways immediately after the season ending event at Thompson Speedway last October.
Reached Wednesday Garbarino said he didn’t want to talk about what is happening with his team.
“I just don’t want to say anything right now,” Garbarino said.
Garbarino’s team has been a fixture on the Whelen Modified Tour since the series’ inception in 1985.
Garbarino has won three Whelen Modified Tour championships, twice with Donny Lia (2007 and 2009) and once with Bobby Santos III (2010).
After the Myrtle Beach event, the Whelen Modified Tour returns to action with the running of the Icebreaker 150 at Thompson Speedway on April 2.