Richmond, Martinsville Add Entitlement Sponsors For Whelen Modified Races

Jason Christley
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Richmond, Martinsville Add Entitlement Sponsors For Whelen Modified Races

Richmond Raceway, Martinsville Raceway and Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) announce a partnership on the entitlement for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races in 2020.

The race at Martinsville on Thursday, April 8, will be the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 200.

And the Whelen Modified race at Richmond on Saturday, Sept. 10, will be the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 150.

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Martinsville Speedway will host an expanded spring race weekend with the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 200 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race in April. This will be the first Modified Tour race at Martinsville since 2010.

Martinsville hosted a modified race in NASCAR‘s inaugural season on July 4, 1948. The race was the third NASCAR sanctioned race in the history of the Commonwealth of Virginia. NASCAR’s National Modified Championship, the predecessor to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, competed at Martinsville from 1960-1984. The modern-day Modified Tour continued to race at the historic half-mile short track from 1985-2002 and 2005-2010. The series was originally scheduled to return to Martinsville last year, but was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Racing Virginia legend Ray Hendrick, who is the career leader in wins at Martinsville with 20, is the all-time leader in modified wins at the track with 13. NASCAR Hall of Famer Richie Evans is second with 10. Mike Stefanik, elected to the 2021 class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame and one of the Modified Tour‘s 10 greatest drivers of all-time, holds the modern-day record with five wins at Martinsville. In qualifying for a 1986 modified event, Greg Sacks set the current Martinsville track record with a one-lap average of 101.014 mile-per-hour.

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Richmond Raceway expands the fall race weekend to host the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 150 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race under the lights in September. This will be the first Modified Tour race at Richmond since 2002.

Richmond first hosted a modified race in NASCAR‘s inaugural season on May 16, 1948. The race was the first NASCAR sanctioned race in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Richmond hosted the modern-day NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour from 1990-1993, 1997 and 1999-2002. Mike Stefanik, elected to the 2021 class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and one of the Modified Tour‘s 10 greatest drivers of all-time, holds the modern-day record with three wins at Richmond.

Racing Virginia will be active in April as the Commonwealth will host two NASCAR Cup Series race weekends in the same month for the first time since the April 2017 with Martinsville on April 8-10 and Richmond Raceway on April 17-18. For more information, visit martinsvillespeedway.com and richmondraceway.com.

To learn more about Virginia Tourism Corporation, visit virginia.org.