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What was old has become new again as an 11-race, seven track schedule for the 2016 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour was officially revealed Friday afternoon.
North Carolina speedplant Concord Speedway has rejoined the Whelen Southern Modified Tour calendar for next year, while East Carolina Motor Speedway is a newcomer to the southern circuit as it enters its 12th season of competition.
Concord, a high-speed, half-mile tri-oval located in the heart of North Carolina’s NASCAR industry, held one previous Whelen Southern Modified Tour event in 2009 and its event promoter — Darren Hackett — is involved in the management of Caraway as well.
“We’re very happy to help get a race at Concord Speedway back on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour schedule,” Hackett said. “We decided to take one of our races that we would have held at Caraway Speedway and move it there, and the competitors are excited to get to go back to an ultra-fast track.”
East Carolina’s high banks are set to play host to the first Whelen Southern Modified Tour event in its history. The D-shaped, three-eighths-mile oval is located in Robersonville, N.C.
“East Carolina Speedway is proud to have the opportunity to host the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour for the first time,” said track owner Wayne M. Perry. “We really enjoy being a part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and this will be a great opportunity to bring a popular NASCAR Touring Series to our track for the fans. It’s going to be a great show.”
With excitement about the new offerings the Southern Tour will have in 2016 also comes the familiarity that the season will start in it’s usual fashion.
The opening NWSMT race of 2016 will be held at the longest-tenured track in series history, as Caraway Speedway again plays host to the season opener. The venerable oval will have three subsequent dates for a total of four races, one more than a year ago.
Among other returning tracks, Virginia’s South Boston Speedway comes back with two events while the famed Bowman Gray Stadium has its traditional summer showcase. The season champion will once again be crowned on the frontstretch quarter-mile at Charlotte Motor Speedway, marking the seventh consecutive year the tour has visited the legendary North Carolina facility.
The All-Star Shootout will also return for a third season as part of the July NASCAR race weekend at New Hampshire. The non-points event features champions, race winners and Sunoco Rookies of the Year from both the Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours.
The 2015 Whelen Southern Modified Tour season concluded in mid-October with Andy Seuss as champion for the second time.
2016 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Schedule
Date – Venue – Location
March 12 – Caraway Speedway – Asheboro, N.C.
March 19 – Concord Speedway – Concord, N.C.
April 9 – South Boston Speedway – South Boston, Va.
April 16 – Caraway Speedway – Asheboro, N.C.
July 1 – Caraway Speedway – Asheboro, N.C.
Aug. 6 – Bowman Gray Stadium – Winston-Salem, N.C.
Aug. 17 – Bristol Motor Speedway – Bristol, Tenn. (Combo Race)
Sept. 3 – East Carolina Motor Speedway – Robersonville, N.C.
Sept. 17 – South Boston Speedway – South Boston, Va.
Sept. 24 – Caraway Speedway – Asheboro, N.C.
Oct. 6 – Charlotte Motor Speedway – Concord, N.C.
CREDIT: NASCAR Home Tracks