The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season opener scheduled for Saturday, March 21 at South Boston Speedway (VA) has been postponed. The announcement comes as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that is forcing the postponement, suspension or cancelation of many sporting events throughout the United States.
A make up date for the event has not been announced at this time.
On Thursday, South Boston Speedway General Manager Cathy Rice told Speed51 that the speedway would not be making changes to their schedule at that time. However, with the growing concern over the coronavirus, the postponement of the event was announced Friday by NASCAR.
Rice was unavailable for comment when contacted by Speed51 on Friday afternoon.
The postponement of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season opener creates uncertainty as to when the 2020 season will now begin.
The next event currently on the schedule, the Icebreaker at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, is currently slated for April 5. However, track officials at Thompson released a statement Thursday acknowledging that Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont's executive order banning large gatherings of 250 people or more "will obviously impact some of our 2020 schedule."
The next event on the schedule, the Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway on April 26, could also be effected by the executive order, which is currently in place until midnight on April 30.
Speed51 will continue to provide updates on the coronavirus and its impact on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule.
-Story by: Brandon Paul, Speed51 Content Manager
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