With the Modified racing community gearing up for Saturday’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, news came out Tuesday of another possible Modified venture at the “Magic Mile” in 2017.
Gary Knight, promoter of the Modified Touring Series, announced via a press release on the series’ Facebook page that the series would be hosting a test session at the track on Tuesday, October 4. The test will be held primarily to test the durability and performance of American Racer tires at “The Magic Mile.”
If all goes well at the test, the Modified Touring Series hopes to secure a race date at the Loudon, New Hampshire track in 2017.
“We have been working for the past few months with the staff at New Hampshire motor Speedway in securing a date at the magic mile in 2017,” Knight said. “Our staff and the staff at NHMS have agreed the time has come to do a test. This test is set up for us to test our tires that American Racer Tire company has built for The Magic Mile.”
The test will also be utilized to look into rules packages for the multiple types of engines that are allowed in MTS competition.
“The other part of our test is to work with the spec motor, the 18 degree and the steel head engines,” Knight explained. “Our Modified Touring Series head engine tech Bobby Carrita has been working with the top engine builders to come up with a package that works for all these engine combinations.”
The release went on to say that two teams, the Art Barry owned No. 21 team, normally driven by Justin Bonsignore, and Kevin Stuart’s No. 85 with driver Woody Pitkat have committed to running the test. The announcement of other participating teams will be made in the coming days.
Knight also stated in the comments section that a possible race date would be on a weekend separate from the two major NASCAR events held at the track each year.
The Modified Touring Series has run just one event in its first season of operation; that being a $15,000 to win 200-lap event at Monadnock Speedway (NH) this past May 21. The race, won by Ryan Preece, saw only 22 teams participate in the inaugural event but generated many positive reviews by participants afterwards.
This is the first announcement of possible plans since that race date.
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-By Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com State Editor (CT, MA, Long Island) – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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