Sources: NASCAR Adding Whelen Mod Tour Event At Myrtle Beach Speedway To Open 2020 Season

What was gone after the 2019 season on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule is back once again thanks to the COVID-19 global pandemic. 

Multiple sources have confirmed to RaceDayCT that NASCAR will have the Whelen Modified Tour open its 2020 season with a new event added to the schedule on May 30 at Myrtle Beach Speedway in Myrtle Beach, S.C. 

Myrtle Beach had been an early season stop on the Whelen Modified Tour schedule from 2017 to 2019. 

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour series director Jimmy Wilson was not available for comment immediately on Friday.

NASCAR is expected to officially announce the event next week.

The addition of the event to the schedule comes just days after it was announced the historic short track will close down after this season. 

Many details concerning the event remain up in the air including whether or not drivers competing in the race will earn championship points.

Timmy Solomito won the Whelen Modified Tour’s inaugural event at the .538-mile Myrtle Beach Speedway in 2017. Jon McKennedy won in the division’s event there in 2018 and Doug Coby won at the track in 2019 on his way to his sixth Whelen Modified Tour championship. 

NASCAR also announced to team owners on Friday that their June 6 event at Seekonk (Mass.) Speedway and their June 20 event at Riverhead Raceway have been officially postponed with a plan to reschedule them at a later date. 

It means six of the first seven events on the original Whelen Modified Tour 2020 schedule have now 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. On Thursday NASCAR announced the cancellation of the Martinsville Whelen Modified Tour event. The sanctioning body also announced the cancellation of the 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. 

Comments

  1. This is great news. Same day as the Fuller race at Hickory.

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    Good news for Myrtle Beach Speedway, they announced this is their last season.

  2. I love watching DaReal be wrong about, well everything.

    See you at the races.

  3. Dareal,

    Do you think Fuller would have his event the same day as a NASCAR event? He’s not as stupid as you. Obviously he is working in unison with NASCAR to get cars on track. Kudos to them both. Not sure if they will pull it off without your insider opinion. LMFAO.

  4. If they are going to open up in Myrtle Beach they should run 2 events there.Then move on to Jennerstown and South Boston.I would love to see Langley return to the schedule.

  5. Oh dear, decisions, decisions, decisions…. Doug, you going to Hickory or Myrtle Beach? πŸ–

  6. That’s a nice little screw you from Nascar. I doubt Fuller would go head to head against Nascar. Perhaps we should thank him for rattling Nascars cage. Honestly I don’t care if its Whelen or an unsanctioned special I just want to see some cars on a track. I wonder if this will be offered with NBC grassroots online or if it will be a separate ppv? Fans in the stands or not?

    I guess this means the rumored opening race at Jennerstown is a no go. I read on a web board that the race I saw on YouTube at Roaring knob was done without permission. However they have another race scheduled for this Saturday. So I have no idea if racing is allowed or not in the state. Its almost like you can not trust everything you read on the internet these days.

  7. Did NASCAR consult with dareal & JD on this since they are Peter & Poly perfect?

  8. Will this be a no fans event?

    TV streaming coverage from NBC Sports?

  9. WeldingWonders says

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    darealgoodfella says
    September 2, 2016 at 1:25 pm
    So he (Rob Fuller) β€œleft” this wonderful, fast growing business he started to come back up north to service three modified teams that are using the LFR/Fury Modified chassis? He’s gonna make a living off that? Simple arithmetic says somebody has some explaining to do. Hey, if he had great people working for him, he could take off to go to the kids’ baseball games and such.
    Some time ago, I said this situation was a house of cards which a soft fart would take down. Well, somebody farted.
    The 2 and 8 will be back to Troyer next season, the 44 will go into limbo.
    Better hope Draco Springs is solvent.

  10. It’s a shame Myrtle Beach will close after this season. Maybe Covid will change their mind, and they’ll go one more year. Good to see the Tour in action, but the article does say they’re not sure if it will be a points race or not. Good luck to all the teams, hope everyone is safe, and remains Covid free.

  11. Keep in mind, this is just 1 race. I’ll bet NASCAR will be monitoring the situation closely, and if they see people getting sick, things will come to a stop. Allot of teams traveling from New England and New York down to South Carolina ain’t the smartest idea.
    Hope the race goes off without anyone getting hurt or suck. Good luck to all the teams.

  12. I just checked the NBC Sports Gold Track Pass… still no events scheduled.

    😝😝😝😝😝😝😝

  13. Welding Wonders,

    That’s classic! Now Fuller owns 95% of the market. Do you think Dareal is on a medication that allows him to block out the stupidity that he speaks? The LFR design has dominated modifieds and will continue to do so unless Raceworks or Spafco come up with something that can compete with him. The Hickory race was something Fuller was doing to make someone react and it worked. There will be several holes in the schedule. I’m sure someone weather its Fuller or not will have a race. Bottom line is he did it again in the market. Opened up eyes of sanctioning body and short track promoters this time. Let’s see who gets in line to take credit for that. β€œFury works with NASCAR to get mods on track in 2020.” There ya go Shawn!

  14. 🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣

    Yeah, right, Fuller prodded NASCAR to act. 🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣

    You people believe anything.

    And you are the same people that amaze the world by obeying Trump. These people give Trump credit for sunrise, everyday.

    SIT! STAY! COME! ROLLOVER! Good doggie!

  15. This just feels a lot like early stories on a Troyer/LFR merger. RaceDayCt had a story that was early, correct but incomplete because not all was known. We all go in separate directions, time passes then boom…..the whole story from RaceDayCt with Fuller pulling a rabbit out of his hat. Shawn does not write a story based on a few rumors. Fuller was or is up to something so you can underestimate him at your own risk.I’m pretty sure at no point was it smoke.
    Ken Massa on Facebook made rumblings about making something happen at Ace Speedway. Eddie Harvey chimed in with enthusiasm then Hickory popped up. The Myers brothers say they are going to Ace for the May 22 show. Point is some folks are chomping at the bit to race anywhere and others are being more cautious. Who knows what the end result will be.
    I don’t care if whatever pops up is on NBC Sports Gold or a separate pay per view. I’ll be happy just to see whatever is provided perhaps appreciating it more then ever.

  16. From the article, “Many details concerning the event remain up in the air including whether or not drivers competing in the race will earn championship points.”

    Those pesky details.

    If not for points, then what? Will this have a huge purse?

    Will fans be allowed?

    This is profound stupidity. If races can’t be held up north because of the pandemic, make the people from up north travel 1800 miles one way to go race in Myrtle Beach. Pure stupid. Mobility was THE enabler that spread this pathogen around the world in a few days.

    Keep traveling, keep spreading the pathogen. 🦠

  17. Well, the closing of Myrtle Beach Speedway will be welcome for the people that live 75 feet from the back stretch.

    https://www.wmbfnews.com/2020/05/13/myrtle-beach-speedway-prepares-possible-final-lap-end-season/

    Yeah, bring the loud modifieds down there one more time for a send off to piss off the neighbors one more time.

  18. You should all go back into the archives and read some of the crap from Dadope, he’d like you to believe he is the expert on anything and everything , truth of the matter is he’s not often right Just think Dadope it could be another Troyer 1-2-3 at Myrtle beach , you must remember when chassis was everything

  19. The track was there first. If one doesn’t like noise one should not by a home near a track.

  20. Fast Eddie says

    JD, agree completely. It has always amazed me how people can be so dumb to make a huge investment in a house without checking out the area to see what the neighborhood looks like. And then they act like THEY’RE the victims and it’s unfair to for them live with the noise!

  21. I do not know if this is the best plan of action at this point. Why have people traveling that far when the exact same could happen around here. Upstate New York, New Hampshire, Connecticut, or Maine or Jennerstown. All tracks would be more local and would minimize travel. All rural. Is this just because Cup teams are racing down there and they have a green light. Kinda silly if you ask me…

  22. Development around tracks has caused plenty of tracks to go away.

    Islip, Freeport, Bridgehampton, NY National Speedway, etc. They used to be out in the middle of nowhere, but nearby development drove up real estate values, neighbors didn’t like the noise, capitalism won.

    The site where Myrtle Beach Speedway is has already been designed, all sorts of office space, retail, etc. That use is far more productive for the town tax base.

  23. WeldingWonders says

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    darealgoodfella says
    July 21, 2017 at 7:41 am
    The Goodales have been good for car counts, that’s about it. Their talent and expertise is not where it needs to be for blaming drivers. You must have excellent equipment and car expertise before you blame the driver. The Goodales have never demonstrated excellent car expertise. Suspect they found a driver that will pay big $$$$$ for the ride.

    RaceDayCT
    Long Time Comin’: Eric Goodale Gets First Stafford Win In Whelen Mod Tour NAPA Fall Final 150
    October 1, 2017 by Travis Barrett

  24. How many times have the neighbors on Butlertown Road tried to shut down the Speedbowl and it’s still there. Buyer beware, do your research before you buy.

  25. Liz Cherokee says

    Dareal, you are welcome to come drink some mint juleps with me down at Myrtle Beach. With such a rich and distinct mint taste, they sure can help erase the foul taste of all the crow you’ve been eating. Bottoms up boys!

  26. Elect, doesn’t matter, Troyer 1-2-3 or LFR 1-2-3 FULLER WINS.

  27. Liz, I wouldn’t know what crow tastes like, but you and JD keep going, you two will be responsible for the extinction of crows. Please share your recipes since Sybil, WeldingWonders, JD, RickyInMass, Doug, et al. are very interested. Thanks for the invite, though.

    If you procure fine bourbon, you don’t have to flavor it with mint, simple syrup, bitters, etc. to hide the flaws.

    The Speedbowl is lucky the area remains mostly industrial with very little residential development. If there was more development around the track like what happened at Islip, etc., Waterford would be toast.

  28. Rob p., give up on Elect. He does not understand.

  29. Started my day with a cup of joe and a little Darlington County from one Mr. Bruce Springsteen. Be honest, y’all did too. It’s race day!!!!

    Notvsure

  30. Not sure the no practice was a good decision by Nascar. A 30 min session wouldn’t have hurt anyone. Especially after several months of being out of the car. Nevermind guys like Newman and Kenneth. Particularly Newman.

  31. I love the no practice decision. It’s going to show who knows what they are doing. It will make things exciting. It will make for a local short track Friday night vibe.

  32. I know Rob P , that was one of the famous quotes by the great Dadope

  33. No practice, no qualifying, line em up and race. This should be interesting. Don’t forget, most crew chiefs have been hands off too. They should have inverted the top 30 in points, just to make things more interesting. This is a social experiment as well. Will NASCAR remain Covid free? Can they survive the next 11 days? Tune in and find out

  34. Area remains mostly industrial around the speedbowl?

  35. I predicted that Waterford would not open. I was right. You all were wrong.

  36. Plugs 2020 says

    Dadopefella. Has a nice ring to it. Looking at the new stands, I didn’t see an elevator. Hopefully dadope will alert the proper authorities. Or at the very least have Shawn look into it for him.

  37. Not to be mean Shawn. But it seems these comment pages have become the same 4 to 6 people posting and attacking.

  38. Actually 15 contributors including you Kevin in this thread but the attacking thing all true.
    What you could consider is adapting the Fast Eddie model for commenting. Long time contributor, universally respected, never attacks and never engages in pettiness. Well traveled, knowledgeable and informative. Proving you don’t have to be obnoxious to be heard.
    So far Kevin you’re in the category of whiner that is no better then we that are petty and attack. You’re zero for content so far.

  39. Well, Kevin, welcome to the club. You too have now been judged by Dougie the great. Oh wait might have been welding wonders or Rickyinmass. Where’s Waldo?
    Anyway, welcome Kevin, don’t mind Doug, he’s not well.

  40. Fast Eddie says

    Doug, thanks for your comments! I just try to stay positive and for me this is all about racing. At this point thanks to covid-19, I’m trying to stay optimistic that we will be going to live racing at some point this year. Maybe next month in northern New England?

  41. Kevin, no worries… Doug is a megalomaniacal narcissistic owner of numerous screen names. And he doesn’t go to the tracks but yaps like he has the wisdom Jeff Gordon. So ignore all the following screen names: Sybil, Cybil, Insipid Sybil, Doug, RickyInMass, WeldingWonders, IdiotFromEnfield, Waldo, et al. Like Rob p., said, they are all not well.

    Sounds like you’ll figure it, just want to give you a jump start.

    Welcome. πŸ™

  42. WeldingWonders says

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    darealgoodfella says
    July 18, 2019 at 4:59 pm
    And to think that Blewett, with the legendary name going back generations in Modifieds, was supposed to be all knowing.
    Scaling a car is not that revealing. You get cross weights, left %, F/R %, wedge. There are possible combinations and permutations.
    There’s not too much more important than the left front chassis height (clearance) and getting the nose to set into the track. The rest follows that. Oops, did I let a secret out? Oh No!
    Here are a few variables: tires (pressure, 4 qty), shocks (4 qty), springs (4 qty), mass (all over), camber, caster, rake, panhard bar (height & angle), lower control arms, radius rods (front & rear), rear axle torque reactor, dive control, A-arm angles, roll center (which nobody has a clue what it is or does, but they fiddle with it incessantly), etc.

    Put a monkey in front fo a keyboard, and there is a chance that it will be able to one day end up randomly typing a perfect dictionary.

    Rob p says
    July 18, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    And the monkeys name:
    Darealgoodfella

    Rob p says
    July 19, 2019 at 10:28 am

    OMG surprised Rob Fuller manages to stay in business. The way Dareal explained it, even a developmentally challenged person could set up a race winning car. Again more proof Dareal has never worked on a race car.

    Rob p says
    July 19, 2019 at 10:29 am

    And Dareal works for bananas

  43. Plugs 2020 says

    Isn’t it funny how life works. Now, because of the Corona, Dadope and Rob are in love.

  44. So, is this with fans or without? Would like to make plans to go down to SC if it is with fans…

  45. Andrew Bombara says

    For the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Regional Touring Series, Weekly Racing returns I would think it would be with NO fans, limited media, press, news, journalists, reduced/limited staff/employees, same thing as NASCAR National Series are doing right now …..

  46. Area around the bowl is industrial. Building supply on one side, sign company on the other side, gravel operation, vehicle fleet depot and other businesses across the street. Yeah, that’s industrial.

    The folks that live on Butlertown Road shouldn’t complain about the noise from the track. The noise from I-395 is pretty bad and all day every day. I used to live much further from an interstate and I couldn’t leave the windows open at night, the noise was so loud it was impossible to sleep. 😴 πŸ’€ πŸ› So those people on Butlertown Road and Way Hill Road have big problems with noise from the traffic on I-395. If you choose to live next to an interstate, the track is the lesser issue.

  47. RaceFan10 says

    Just curious… is this race happening? Other than reading it on here, I have heard nothing about the race. It isn’t on the Myrtle Beach Speedway website. I don’t think there is any mention on the Whelen Tour Facebook page besides this shared story. It’s too damn quiet if this is happening. Can fans attend or is this like the Cup, without fans. Curious minds want to know.

  48. RaceFan10,
    I’ve heard of no decision at this point to cancel it. That this is event is actually scheduled to take place on May 30 was expressed to team owners during a conference call with NASCAR last Friday. I’d expect to see an official announcement within the next 48 hours or so. As far as fans attending, I can’t confirm that. It is my understanding that South Carolina officials are not barring fans from attendance at events at this particular venue. Myrtle Beach Speedway is currently advertising an event scheduled for this coming Saturday as being open to fans. You can buy tickets for this Saturday’s event online. I would imagine part of the reason why NASCAR turned to Myrtle Beach Speedway as a possible venue was because it was a place where local and state officials are not barring fan attendance.

  49. This really would be a coup for RaceDayCt because it seems like it’s radio silence from Myrtle, NBC Sports Gold, Nascar and no jibber jabbar I could find on Facebook from teams. The Hickory deal, references to Ace Speedway and Myrtle. It’s a very confusing time. All you can do is roll with the punches and hope for the best.

  50. The NWMT schedule has been updated with all postponed events finally indicated as such up to and including Jun 20. The next race per the schedule is Wall on July 11.

    This subject Myrtle Beach event considered for May 30 was not added to the schedule.

  51. living in myrtle beach going to the race this weekend

  52. Darealgoodfella,
    That schedule on the Home Tracks website was updated on Friday just after NASCAR’s conference call with Whelen Modified Tour teams when they officially announced the postponements of the Seekonk and Riverhead June dates. It was also on that call when they made teams aware of the Myrtle Beach event, which still hasn’t officially been announced.

  53. Greg Temporino, let us know how things go please

  54. This race is now a week away yet no official announcement? Teams will need to be loading up soon if this is happening wich is verry quiet at the moment. No details at all on this race.

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