Richmond Raceway has a rich tradition of Modified racing dating back to 1990. From the NASCAR Winston Modified Tour to the NASCAR Featherlite Modified Tour, many of the biggest names in Modified racing have competed and won at Richmond Raceway.
On March 30, today’s generation of Modified drivers will have their chance to add their name to the impressive list of Richmond winners during the inaugural PASS Commonwealth Classic.
Originally scheduled to be completed in October, the Commonwealth Classic was rescheduled due to a poor weather forecast on the scheduled date. That postponement has given Tour-type Modified racers around the country the chance to prepare for their shot at Richmond glory.
In addition to the glory that will come with the victory, the 75-lap race will pay $7,000 to win and $700 to start. The race is not sanctioned by any Tour-type Modified series and competitors from all over are encouraged to attend.
A full list of rules for the race can be seen by clicking here.
The Commonwealth Classic will be the first Modified race held at Richmond Raceway since June 2002, a Featherlite Modified Tour race won by Todd Szegedy. The full list of Modified winners reads like a list of who’s who in Modified racing history.
Rick Fuller won the first NASCAR Winston Modified Tour race at the track in 1990 before Modified great Mike Stefanik picked up the win in 1991. “The Reg” Reggie Ruggiero (1991), Doug Heveron (1992) and Stefanik (1993) went onto score additional victories prior to a three-year hiatus for the “Mod Squad.”
In 1997, Modifieds returned to Richmond under the NASCAR Featherlite Modified Tour banner. Once again, it was Stefanik who visited victory lane at the Virginia oval. The late Ted Christopher (1999), Ruggiero (2000) and Tony Hirschman (2001) went on to score victories at the track before Szegedy won the final Modified race at the track in 2002.
Now the question is: who will be the next driver to add their name to the Richmond record books?
With the race being held prior to the start of the season for most Modified tours, a deep field is expected to contend for the victory.
If you’re a racer and want your chance at joining an impressive list of Modified winners at Richmond Raceway, send in your entry form today.
In addition to the Tour-type Modified race, there will be a pair of Super Late Model races – one for crate engines and one for open engines. ACT Late Models, Mid-Atlantic Street Stocks and 4 Cylinders will also be in action.
For more information on the event, visit www.proallstarsseries.com.
-Story by: Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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