August: The Month of the Modified
Great Venues and Great Battles Await the Ground Pounders
Speed 51 Staff
August 6th
Town Fair Tire 150
Stafford Motor Speedway
Stafford Springs, CT
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

Six races remain on the 2010 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule - so the next three and the last three are each a segment to the championship battle.  Stafford will be a chance for some drivers to visit victory lane for the first time this year. Also, Stafford will be a chance for Ted Christopher to continue his challenge of Bobby Santos, III with the prize being the 2010 title.  TC has well over 150 wins at Stafford, so will he take a big bite out of Santos’ point lead there?  TC’s ten Tour wins at Stafford are second only to third-place point man Mike Stefanik’s 20.  

August 7th 199
Bowman Gray Stadium
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

For the sixth time in NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour history, the tour heads to the historic Bowman Gray Stadium (NC).  The pressure will be on for the ringers as they come into the Stadium and try to beat the likes of the Myers brothers, Tim Brown and the rest of the weekly regulars who will look to show the invaders how it’s done.  Rumor has it that Ted Christopher will join James Civali and Andy Seuss as Northern residents in a quest to take the trophy out of the Stadium.  Anything can happen at Bowman Gray - just look at Luke Fleming who  was a surprise winner a year ago.

Also on tap will be a 50 lapper on Friday night for the stadium Modifieds, which will help make this one heck of a weekend. 

August 12th
Budweiser King of Beers 150
Thompson International Speedway
Thompson, CT
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

While Stafford has had 95 Mod Tour races in its history, Thompson is the all-time Tour leader with 111 editions of races at the 5/8th mile oval. Bobby Santos III is the cat who all the drivers have been chasing in 2010 and he started his season out by winning the Icebreaker at Thompson. Adding to the excitement is the fact that this track can produce winners from the back of the pack. Mike Stefanik won from 25th back in 2004.

August 13th
Wyoming County International Speedway
Perry, NY
ROC Modifieds

Chuck Hossfeld has been the man thus far in 2010 in the RoC Modified Series.  In six starts, Hossfeld has four wins and leads the points.  Matt Hirschman is looking to win the crown again and he’s coming off a win as the tour heads to WCIS for a 75 lapper.   

August 18th
UNOH Perfect Storm 150
Bristol Motor Speedway
Bristol, TN
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour And South

“The Big One” for the Modifieds at Bristol one year ago lived up to that term.  The hype was huge and the anticipation was incredible.  Now, it’s simply the biggest stage the two Modified Tours get to run on. Donny Lia held off Ted Christopher in the 150 lap dash last season.  There are so many drivers looking to go there, get a win, and make a name for themselves.  This also will be a battle of the North vs. South – which is a battle we have not really had this year.  Of course, the North performed very well last year, but the South had the last laugh at a non-Tour event at Concord.  So will the South rise again?   

August 28th
Caraway Speedway
Sophia, NC
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour

The final stop of the season at Caraway could have huge implications on the points. The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour held 31 previous events at Caraway.  Points contenders Andy Seuss (3 Wins), LW Miller (6 Wins), John Smith (1 Win) Burt Myers (1 Win) and Brian Loftin (7 wins) all have winning experience where current point leader James Civali has none there.  It could be on the last remaining advantage that the Southern guys have. 

Modified Racing Series

August 7th – Beech Ridge, August 14th – Waterford,
August 21st Seekonk, August 26th – Thompson.

Place your bets. The points battle in the highly competitive Modified Racing Series is going to go down right to the wire. Perhaps the driver with the best finish over the four races in the month of August will be the champion.  At the same time just gaining points on the next guy can be tough when there have been nine winners in ten races. Les Hinckley, Dwight Jarvis and Jon McKennedy are the key players in the race to the title.   

Stafford is TC's house, can he start a comeback there on Friday?
Bobby Santos III, won at Thompson in the spring, can he do it again?
The stadium tour race is the Daytona 500 of the southern schedule.
Bristol was fast and close just a year ago.  Who will be the man this year?
It's been a great season in the Modified Racing Series.