DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 27, 2005) The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is scheduled to make its only appearance in the state of Massachusetts during the 2005 season on July 30 when NASCAR’s oldest open wheeled touring series travels to the 1/3 mile Seekonk (Mass.) Speedway for the Whelen Modified Tour 150.
Chris Kopec, the 2001 winner at Seekonk, is among the drivers expected to be on hand trying to qualify for one of the 30 starting positions. Kopec, of Ware, Mass., has returned to competition on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour after sitting out last season.
“I really enjoy racing at Seekonk, said Kopec. “I spent a lot of time there last year on Saturday nights when I wasn’t racing, but I’d rather be behind the wheel.”
Seekonk has produced some of the most exciting racing events over the last few seasons for the series.
“The track is perfect for our series,” said Kopec. “It’s very wide and it allows drivers to race side by side. It’s a great place to race.”
Kopec currently sits 11th in the series standings in the No. 16 Diversified Metals Chevrolet.
“We got off to a really good start, “said Kopec. “We’ve struggled a little over the last couple races. Maybe Seekonk will give us that first win of the year.”
He is hoping to climb back into the Top-10 in the standings
“We just need to be more consistent,” Kopec explained. “This series is very competitive. You have to be at your best every week.”
The Whelen Modified Tour 150 will mark the sixth appearance at Seekonk for the series. Racing is scheduled to begin at approximately 8:00 p.m.