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New York International Raceway Park at Lancaster Speedway will host the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour on Saturday, July 31, 2021. (Lancaster Speedway)

Whelen Modified Tour Books Upstate NY Date For 2021


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour added upstate New York to the 2021 slate Thursday.

The tour will visit New York International Raceway Park at Lancaster Speedway on Saturday, July 31. The night race will be 150 laps.

Lancaster, located just outside of Buffalo, is steeped in Modified history. NASCAR Hall of Famer Richie Evans was a frequent winner at Lancaster, as was Modified pioneer Maynard Troyer. Tyler Rypkema, the 2020 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Sunoco Rookie of the Year, has also won at the .625-mile oval which first opened in 1959.

More recently, Modified tour veterans Chuck Hossfeld and Matt Hirschman dominated Race of Champions events at the track. A.J. Foyt and Parnelli Jones picked up USAC Sprint car wins at Lancaster.

The NASCAR announced last week that the Whelen Modified Tour will visit Virginia’s Martinsville Speedway Thursday, April 8, and Richmond Raceway on Friday, Sept. 10.

Wednesday, Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway released its 2021 schedule that included three Whelen Modified Tour dates: Sunday, April 25 as part of the NAPA Spring Sizzler weekend, Friday, Aug. 6, and Saturday, Sept. 25 as part of NAPA Fall Final.