After a group led by Brian Nester and Bud Gray purchased the ICAR All-Star Modified Tour from Dave Muzzillo over the offseason, the newly-named Midwest Modifieds Tour was set for a strong debut season. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, all but one race had been taken off the schedule.
The one race left just so happens to be one of the marquee Modified events outside of Tour-Type Modified racing. The Midwest Modifieds Tour will make their debut with the Run For The Gun at Winchester Speedway during Winchester 400 weekend in October.
The series began back in 1987 as the EMOD Series, eventually becoming the ICAR Jasper Modified Series. The tour had been under the ICAR banner for several years throughout its history under different names, while also taking the name USA Modified Series from 2002-2011.
The first Modified Run For The Gun event was held in 2006, which was won by Rodney Scott. Nester, Ross Klingelhofer Brad Springer, Mike Stacy, Terry Fisher Jr, Kyle Purvis, Jeff Lane, Tyler Nuckles and Matt Dimit have also won the race over the years, with Nester having the most wins in the event with three.
With three rifles in his collection, the facility hosting the Run For The Gun makes the event more special for Nester.
“It’s huge because it’s Winchester. It’s not that it’s the biggest paying race, it’s just the point of where it’s at and getting the rifle. I’ve got three of them hanging on my wall, it’s a pretty big accomplishment,” Nester told Speed51. “A lot of drivers look forward to it because of where it’s at.”
The Midwest Modifieds Tour originally had six races on the schedule on 2020, with two shows at Winchester and events at Lucas Oil Raceway, Flat Rock Speedway, Kalamazoo Speedway and Birch Run Speedway. Most of those events were canceled due to the pandemic, leaving just the Run For The Gun left for their first season at the helm of the series.
While the season’s only race will be competed in October, Nester and Gray still expect high car counts at Winchester Speedway during Winchester 400 weekend, just as they did with other events that were on the schedule.
After just 15 cars took the green in last year’s Run For The Gun, they look to double that amount in less than two months. It will come with an increased payout throughout the field in order to make that happen.
“We were talking to Bob (Dillner) and he is promoting Winchester. He said how many cars are you going to get, and I said I’ll get 30. I’m going to do everything in my power to get 30 cars there.
“The payout had always been the same as the other races in the Tour. Me and Bud Gray are taking money out of our own pockets to raise the purse. We’re putting in another $3,200 into it for the purse to raise the start money and raising enough money through the field hoping to get our 30 cars.”
The 49th Annual Winchester 400 is on as scheduled with three action-packed days of racing at the “Fastest Half Mile” on October 9-11.
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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