General scenes prior to the Steel Palace 150 for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Oswego Speedway in Oswego, New York on June 12, 2021. (Bryan Bennett/ARCA Racing)
(Photo: Bryan Bennett/ARCA Racing)

Contingency awards help keep NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour teams on the road

For grassroots racers, every cent counts.

This is especially true for teams competing with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, with competitors often doing everything they can to get the most out of a dollar.

That’s where contingency awards and bonus programs come in.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour offers a plethora of contingency and bonus awards to help fill the pockets of race teams as they go up and down the highway to and from Tour events.

These bonuses are supported by Tour sponsors, all of whom want to give back to race teams that support the Tour.

RACE CENTER: Whelen Modified Tour at Riverhead

“It’s not cheap for our race teams to travel up and down the road to our events, so we want to do everything we can to help support them,” said NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour director Jimmy Wilson. “One of the biggest ways we do that is with our contingency sponsors, who help race teams by offering additional incentives at each race throughout the season and at the end of the year.”

Whelen Engineering, the series title partner, is also one of the biggest bonus award supporters. In addition to the traditional winner’s purse paid out at the end of each event, the winning driver also earns the Whelen Engineering “Winner of the Race” award, worth $3,500.

Other bonuses come from sponsors like Mayhew Tools, Sunoco, Hoosier Tire and Josten’s. A full list of special awards available to Tour teams during each race is below.

  • $3,500 Whelen Engineering Winner of the Race award to the winning driver.
  • $1,000 Mayhew Tools Dominator Pole per event award to the driver with the fastest qualifying time eligible to participate.
  • $625 Sunoco Rookie of the Race award to the highest finishing eligible 2022 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Rookie of the Year Candidate.
  • $600 Hoosier Tire Lap Leader per event award to the eligible car owner whose driver leads the most laps in each event.
  • $550 Sunoco Spec Fuel award divided: 1st-$300 5th-$150 10th-$100.
  • $500 Hoosier Tire Harder Charger per event award to the highest finishing eligible driver who advances the most positions during the course of the race.
  • $500 Hoosier Tire Most Improved per event award to the eligible new team/organization whose driver improves the most positions during the course of the race.
  • $400 Phil Kurze Halfway Leader Award presented by Josten’s per event award to the race leader at the halfway point of the event.

A number of these contingency awards also have a year-end component, with teams and drivers that earn the most of each award throughout the season earning additional monetary bonuses.

Those that include year-end bonuses are the Hoosier Tire Lap Leader Award, the Hoosier Tire Most Improved Award, the Sunoco Rookie of the Race Award, the Sunoco Spec Fuel Award and the Whelen Engineering Winner of the Race Award.

That’s far from the end of the bonuses teams can earn. There are also point fund awards available from a multitude of contingency sponsors.

Whelen Engineering, Mayhew Tools, Sunoco, Hoosier Tire, ARP Fasteners, JE Pistons, Penske Shocks, Total Seal, Competition Cams, Josten’s, Quarter Master, E3 Spark Plugs, Kooks Custom Headers, SRI Performance, Serck Motorsports, Holley MSD and Mobil 1 are all involved as year-end contingency supporters of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

“In racing, every cent adds up, so to have so many fantastic contingency sponsors involved with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to help give back to our race teams is incredible,” said Wilson. “It would be hard to do what we do without them supporting our competitors throughout the year. They’re all an important part of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour family and we’re excited to have each of them involved.”

In addition to the aforementioned bonuses and contingency awards, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour streaming partner FloRacing also awards $10,000 in bonuses to the top 20 finishers in each series event as well as an additional $25,000 in year-end bonuses that is divided amongst the teams that attempt every race throughout the year.

JDV Productions, an outside promotional group that is promoting four Tour races this year, is also offering several bonuses as part of the inaugural Whelen Granite State Short Track Cup. The series within the series features $15,000 in bonuses that will be available to Tour competitors.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is back in action Saturday, May 14, at New York’s Riverhead Raceway.