NASCAR Amends Points System For Modified Tours
Bonus Points On The Line For Running Up Front
NASCAR has announced that its Modified touring divisions will now award bonus points for its races, starting this weekend with the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

In order to reward drivers for running up front and to provide a further incentive to race for the lead, NASCAR has instituted lap-leader bonus points for the first time to the Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours.

“This will bring the two Modified divisions in line with NASCAR’s three national series, and all other touring series, which already award lap-leader bonus points,” NASCAR Director of Touring Series Richard Buck said. “With one scoring system across the board, this is a positive move for the competitors and fans.”

Five bonus points will be awarded to each driver and car owner whose car officially leads a lap during a race and five additional bonus points will be awarded to the driver and car owner leading the most official laps in an event. This will bring the maximum number of points a driver can earn in a race to 190, with 180 awarded for first place.

The first time bonus points will be awarded in a NASCAR Modified Tour race will be this Friday, March 5, when the Whelen Southern Modified Tour makes its inaugural visit to Atlanta’s quarter-mile to open the 2010 season. Bonus points will be employed for the first time in a Whelen Modified Tour race for the season-opener at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway on April 11.

Title contenders like Todd Szegedy (Left) and Ted Christopher (Right) will have to dig a little bit harder to claim the championship this year.  (Jim Dupont Photo)