NASCAR Officially Announces Added Whelen Modified Tour Event At Myrtle Beach Speedway

Doug Coby celebrates in victory lane following the Whelen Modified Tour season opening Performance Plus 150 at Myrtle Beach Speedway in 2019 (Photo: Jim DuPont)

As reported on May 15 by, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will kick off it’s 2020 season with an event added to the schedule at Myrtle Beach Speedway on May 30.

NASCAR officially announced the scheduling of the Wade Cole Memorial 133 presented by Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair on Friday afternoon.

“The support of Whelen Engineering, Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair and Hoosier was key to us being able to put this together,” Brandon Thompson, managing director of NASCAR touring series said in a release. “Myrtle Beach Speedway and track owner Bob Lutz deserve a lot of credit in providing us with opportunity to kick off the 2020 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season.”

The race, which will be a points paying event, is schedule for 6 p.m. on May 30. Because of regulations in place due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, no fans will be allowed to attend the event.

According to NASCAR’s release: “Event procedures will be significantly modified in accordance with CDC, OSHA and state and local government recommendations – teams will be limited to eight people per car number. That will include all members of the team, from driver to crew members to car owners. … In addition, NASCAR and the track will be maintaining social distancing protocols throughout the event.”

No broadcast details for the event were announced.

Myrtle Beach Speedway had been an early season stop on the Whelen Modified Tour schedule from 2017 to 2019 but was not on the originally released 2020 schedule. It was announced earlier this month that Myrtle Beach Speedway will close after this season. 

Six of the first seven events on the originally announced Whelen Modified Tour 2020 schedule have been postponed, with one additional event – at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway cancelled. 

The Whelen Modified Tour was originally slated to open its 2020 season at South Boston (Va.) Speedway on March 21. That event was postponed indefinitely. 

The series was then scheduled to run the Liquid Death Icebreaker 150 at Thompson Speedway on April 5. The event was originally postponed to May 16th and then postponed indefinitely. 

The NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 was originally slated for April 26, was postponed to May 31 and now remains postponed indefinitely. 

The May 8 event for the series at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway was supposed to mark the fourth event of the season and the division’s first event at the track since 2010. NASCAR announced the cancellation of the Martinsville Whelen Modified Tour event last week. 

The sanctioning body also announced last week the cancellation of a July 31 event at Iowa Speedway, which would have marked the debut for the series at that facility.

The originally scheduled May 23 event at Jennerstown (Pa.) Speedway, which was set to be the fifth event of the season, has also been postponed indefinitely. The June 6 event at Seekonk (Mass.) Speedway and June 20 event at Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway have also been postponed to dates to be announced. 


  1. I know this isn’t world shattering news but it’s scoop for RaceDayCt and Shawn is the only one pretty much anywhere that was on it from the start. Impressive.
    A lot of negativity and I don’t get it. It’s a modified show that we may likely be able to watch put together by a lot of people investing time and money. How is that a bad thing? All we have to do is watch it for pity sake. Or not, your choice.
    Gotta be nimble. Things can go up in smoke at the last minute based on changes in the area. Looks good for now however and just seeing who will be in the field will be a treat. Coby’s #10?

  2. 133 LAPS (66.5 MILES) and Qualifying…….……………………………………$29,250 POSTED AWARDS
    Will be run in two (2) segments with a five (5) minute break at or near the conclusion of lap 70
    SCHEDULE (The following schedule is subject to change)
    Saturday, May 30 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Credentials Open.
    11:45 a.m. Crew Chief Meeting. (Start/Finish Line)
    To follow Draw for Qualifying Order.
    12:00 p.m. Haulers Enter.
    12:00 p.m. Garage Opens. Tire Impound Opens. (Teams take tires to pit stall)
    12:15 p.m. Inspection Begins.
    12:30 p.m. Driver Meeting. (Grandstands)
    12:45 p.m. Driver Head Shots. (Infield Building)
    2:15 p.m. Deadline to Designate Tires.
    3:00 to 3:40 p.m. Practice.
    3:40 p.m. Put Qualifying Tires on Vehicle.
    3:50 p.m. Deadline to Stack Tires behind Pit Stall.
    4:00 p.m. Qualifying Inspection Begins. Grouped by Qualifying Draw.
    5:15 p.m. Single Car Qualifying. (2 Laps.) (Fastest 24 cars earn starting
    positions 1st through 24th.) Impound.
    5:50 p.m. Pre-Race Ceremonies.
    6:00 p.m. WADE COLE MEMORIAL “133” presented by DUNLEAVY TRUCK

  3. Dear NASCAR,

    Please look this situation over in totality.

    The pandemic, no fans allowed, weather looks horrible, 1,800 miles of travel, just terrible. Nothing looks right about this at all. The weather is a huge risk, and could make all these people travel for nothing. A waste of time, money and pure exposure risk.

    Don’t force Woody Pitkat to travel to this race, putting his kids and wife at risk.

    NASCAR, please call this off.



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