For the first time ever, Tour-type Modifieds will race at South Carolina’s Florence Motor Speedway Saturday. The SMART Modified Tour invades the Palmetto State bullring for a 99-lap feature around the 4/10-mile bullring.
The event will be the second race for the SMART Modified Tour since its return, joining forces with PRA Tours in August. Brian Loftin won the first event of the reborn series at Caraway Speedway (NC) on August 29, with the series’ originally-scheduled second event postponed by weather last weekend.
17 cars started the event at Caraway Speedway, and a similar field is expected for this weekend’s race. Entries already confirmed by the series for the event include Burt Myers, Tim Brown, John Smith, Gary Putnam, Jimmy Wallace, Zach Brewer, Tom Buzze, Kevin Orlando and Andrew Harrah, with more to be announced in the coming days.
Florence Motor Speedway is also seeing a rebirth in 2020, as a new ownership group featuring former Myrtle Beach Speedway General Manager Steve Zacharias took over the facility this summer following the closure of Myrtle Beach. Sam Yarbrough won the Late Model Stock feature on reopening night, just a couple of weeks removed from winning the last Late Model Stock race at Myrtle Beach.
While racing has returned to Florence Motor Speedway this year, this weekend’s event will be the first time Modifieds hit the track at Florence. Located 20 minutes south of Darlington, Florence Motor Speedway first opened as a dirt track in 1982 and was paved a few years later. While it has hosted plenty of Late Model and Stock Car touring races over the years, this weekend marks the first time the ground pounders have visited the track.
Stay tuned to Speed51 for more details regarding coverage of this weekend’s SMART Modified Tour event at Florence Motor Speedway.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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