New season, new track to kick it all off.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is set to open its 2022 season on Feb. 12, and the historic series will do so at a fresh venue — New Smyrna Speedway.
The Florida half-mile asphalt oval, which opened in 1967, will play host to the start of the 38th season of modern-day Modified Tour racing for the first time. It consistently hosts weekly racing, including the “World Series of Asphalt Auto Racing” during NASCAR’s Speedweeks.
The ARCA Menards Series East has opened its season at New Smyrna since 2014 (previously K&N Series East from 2014-19).
Martinsville Speedway hosted the Whelen Modified Tour season-opener this year in a return to “The Paperclip” after 11 years away in a race won by Eric Goodale.
The remainder of the 2022 schedule will be released at a later date.
The series is close to wrapping its current season, with Friday’s Virginia Is For Racing Lovers 150 at Richmond Raceway (7 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold TrackPass), followed by a pair of races at Riverhead Raceway (9/18) and Stafford Motor Speedway (9/25).