Revised: Despite numerous sources telling Speed51.com that a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event was confirmed for Langley Speedway in 2017, Speed51.com has learned that no event is currently scheduled at Langley Speedway.
“Unfortunately, at this time a sanctioning agreement does not exist that is signed by NASCAR and a representative of Victory Lane Motorsports that used to operate Langley Speedway,” said track operator Bill Mullis. “I, like everybody else, hopes that there is a future for Langley Speedway in racing.”
Mullis is still in negotiations with Langley Speedway’s owners to purchase the race track to keep racing at Langley Speedway.
When the schedule for the newly combined NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour was released a couple of weeks ago, it was released with a question mark on Saturday, May 13. Race teams and fans only knew two details about the event. It would definitely be held on May 13, and it would definitely be at a race track in the south.
Multiple sources have now confirmed to Speed51.com powered by JEGS that the May 13 race will be held at Virginia’s Langley Speedway. It will be the first racing event held at Langley since the 2015 season finale.
Langley Speedway’s operator, Bill Mullis, closed the track’s doors in January of 2016 because he was unable to reach an agreement to purchase the facility from its California-based land owner.
Speed51 reached out to a NASCAR spokesperson on Thursday evening, but NASCAR said they “did not have any comment at this time.”
Langley Speedway hosted the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour every year from 2010 to 2015. George Brunnhoelzl III won the last NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour event held at the 0.375-mile oval in Hampton, Virginia.
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
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