RaceDayCT Daily Poll: Should The Whelen Modified Tour Season Open At The New Smyrna World Series?

The World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna, Fla. is the unofficial kickoff of the Modified racing season each year. Today’s RaceDayCT daily poll question is, should the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour open its season with an event at the New Smyrna World Series? Vote below.

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Should The Whelen Modified Tour Season Open At The New Smyrna World Series?
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  1. This very question crossed my mind in the shower this morning. For some reason I thought you should know that.

  2. TMI LOL

  3. I say no. New Smyrna does a great job showcasing Tour-type modifieds on their own and I don’t feel that bringing NASCAR in would do anything to elivate it. This is no different than the Oxford 250 being a PASS points race, the top New England, and sometimes national, Pro Stock/SLM drivers still show up to the 250. The points just add to the stress going in and especially when leaving the track that night (ask Nick Sweet).

    The fact is, New Smyrna puts on fantastic mod racing for their World Series of Asphalt, they don’t need the added pressures of NASCAR’s procedures, time-control, etc.

  4. WTMI, what else did you think LOL

  5. 🌈🦄2020 says

    No, it should open at Thompson. End of story.

  6. Fast Eddie says

    I think it’s one of those “good in theory but not in the real world” scenarios. Seems like a lot of money to spend on one race for the WMT teams. I thought the same about Daytona and Iowa. I think many of the “B” and “C” level teams focus only on the WMT due to their budget as it is. Sometimes I wonder if NASCAR is trying to force the low budget teams out and turn it into a 15-18 car race. We already have that with the current ARCA series.

  7. 🌈JD🌈 hasn’t realized water is wet. Doesn’t bathe enough.

  8. Sounding good in theory may be giving it too much credit.

  9. 2020. Did I miss something? When is the NWMT racing at Thompson?

    No, the NWMT should not be part of New Smyrna Speedweek, unless it is booked as an added race, at the end of the week, after a champion has been crowned. Teams intent on running the tour race could still participate in Speedweek, but not with the same car.

  10. No, HELL NO!!! 👿 👿👹👺

    Look, the geographical base of Modified racing is the northeast. From PA, NY and NJ, head north and east. Mods just have not flourished out side of that region, and have actually contracted. The NSMT was eliminated for lack of interest and participation. Yeah, BG rocks. But it has been said, those guys won’t travel across the street to race. That has been proven in recent years where very few southern operations would trek up to New England to race.

    Why impose the cost, effort and time for northern teams to travel down south where there is no interest in Modified racing?

    Look at Bristol… I was amazed at how many years the Mods at Bristol went on… nobody showed up at a track that was insane for Mods. And most people there were probably for the trucks, xfinity or other part of the show.

  11. Scott Garrity says

    There are somewhere in the neighborhood of 38 Tour Mods coming to New Smyrna this year. WMT or not just about all the WMT teams are coming here. They are even having 602 Mods this year (aka SK Light). About 20 of them signed up to come south as well. It should be one he’ll of a show every night.

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