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NASCAR Mods Return To Martinsville, Richmond In 2021

November 3

Tom Baker

MARTINSVILLE, Va. --  Photo Credit: Adam Glanzman/NASCAR -- The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour announced two major dates for the 2021 schedule Sunday afternoon: Martinsville Speedway and Richmond Raceway.

The tour will return to Martinsville at night on Thursday, April 8. And it will return to Richmond under the lights on Friday, Sept. 10.

“The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour has a rich legacy at both facilities,” said Jimmy Wilson, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour director. “Now our current competitors have a chance to etch their names alongside the legends who’ve won races at these historic venues.”

Martinsville hosted a modified race in NASCAR’s inaugural season on July 4, 1948.

NASCAR’s National Modified Championship, the predecessor to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, competed at Martinsville from 1960-1984. The modern-day NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour continued to race at the historic half-mile short track from 1985-2002 and 2005-2010. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour was originally scheduled to return to Martinsville on May 8, 2020, but was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Along with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour on Thursday, April 8, 2021, Martinsville will host a NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Friday, April 9, 2021 and the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 NASCAR Cup Series race on Saturday, April 10, 2021. All three races will be held under the bright lights at the iconic half-mile short track.

2021 NASCAR race tickets are available for purchase today via phone at 877-RACE-TIX or online at

The Whelen Modified Tour will make its first trip to Richmond since 2002, and will be part of the historic celebration of America’s Premier Short Track’s 75th anniversary.

Richmond first hosted a modified race in NASCAR’s inaugural season on May 16, 1948. The race was the first NASCAR sanctioned race in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Richmond hosted the modern-day NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour from 1990-1993, 1997 and 1999-2002. Mike Stefanik, elected to the 2021 class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame and one of the Modified Tour’s 10 greatest drivers of all-time, holds the modern-day record with three wins at Richmond.

Richmond’s fall race weekend will include three races over two days starting with the Modified Tour under the lights on Friday, Sept. 10. America’s Premier Short Track will host a day-night doubleheader with the NASCAR Xfinity Series race and a NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race on Saturday, Sept. 11.

2021 NASCAR race tickets are available for purchase via phone at 866-455-7223 or online at

The schedule for the complete 2021 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be announced in the near future.