Entry List Up For Made In
America Whelen 300
The largest field of
cars in recent memory to attempt to make a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event
will gather at Martinsville Speedway this weekend.
Fifty-eight cars are entered in the Made In America Whelen
300 NASCAR Modified event Saturday night at Martinsville Speedway. That’s up
from last year’s inaugural Made In America 300.
As was the case a year ago, this will be a companion event,
with teams from the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour also entered.
Twenty Southern teams are entered in the race, which is also up from last
For many years, Southern teams dominated Modified racing
until the tide shifted to the north in the late 1970s. The NASCAR Whelen
Modified Tour is now a New England-based series now, but has deep roots at
But with the formation and growth of the Southern Modified
Tour over the past two years, the division is making a comeback below the
Mason-Dixon Line. And don’t be surprised if several southern drivers flex
their muscles this weekend.
AND SPEAKING OF INCREASES: Last year’s Made In America
Whelen 300 was the first race ever run under the lights at Martinsville
Speedway. The temporary lights, supplied by Musco Lighting, illuminated the
half-mile track in grand fashion. But track president Clay Campbell spotted
some portions of the front stretch that were hit by shadows and ordered an
additional bank of lights placed on the back stretch, shining across to the
front stretch, for this weekend’s event. The lights will arrive at
Martinsville Speedway Thursday and engineers from Musco will test and align
them properly that night. Musco is the most experienced lighting company in
racing, having erected lights at 12 major NASCAR venues since 1986.
OUT FRONT: Mike Stefanik, a former Martinsville
Modified winner, leads the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour points headed into
the Made In America 300. The Auburn, MA, driver has a 71-point lead over Ted
Christopher, who won here last Labor Day weekend. Stefanik has one win and
seven top-five finishes this season. Christopher has three victories on the
season and five top-five finishes. Christopher’s three wins is tops on the
tour this season while John Blewett III is the only other driver with
multiple wins (2). Blewett has started only seven of the Tour’s 10 events
Junior Miller has been dominant on the Whelen Southern
Modified Tour this summer with three wins in six starts. The Pine Hall, NC,
driver has finished in the top five in each of the series’ six races. Miller
has a 103-point lead over Tim Brown, while Bert Myers is 183 points back in
In addition to Miller, other Southern Tour winners include
Jason Myers, L.W. Myers, a former Martinsville winner, and Christopher, who
occasionally drives South for a one-off race.
CIRCLING THE TRACK: The Made In America 300/Bailey’s
300 combo ticket package lasts through Wednesday. Until 5 p.m. Wednesday,
fans can buy a ticket for the two races together for $30. Bought separately,
the tickets would be $20 each.
Tickets for Friday’s qualifying are $5 for adults and may be
purchased on the day of the event. Tickets for Saturday’s Made In America
Whelen 300 are $20 for adults. Tickets for children 6-12 are $5 and children
under six are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling
877.RACE.TIX or at the track’s ticket windows. Ticket windows will open at 9
Fan gates open for qualifying and practice on Friday at 4:30
p.m. and on race day at 3 p.m.
August 28, 2006