Since 2012, the Whelen Modified Tour went in a different direction when they started to do a halfway break instead of live pit stops at New Hampshire Motor Speedway — not anymore.
The rule was imposed by then Whelen Modified Tour director Chad Little and was done in an effort to help out lower-funded and lower-staffed teams, according to racedayct.com.
Current director Jimmy Wilson confirmed Thursday that the halfway break will be eliminated from the 100-lap event on July 21 at New Hampshire Speedway.
“Since I’ve been the director that’s been the hot topic conversation,” Wilson said. ” Every year we take information and consistently it’s been ‘We need to go back to the live stop, we need to go back to the live stop.’”
The Whelen Modified Tour will have its first 250-lap event and September and while it will have a halfway break it will also have live pit stops.
“You can’t break that race four or five times or however many it’s going to be for tire changes,” Wilson said. “Obviously we’ve still got planning to do with that race, but there will be a break, but even with that break there will still be the necessity for the live stop component there.”
It’s currently unknown when they will take the scheduled break during the race. And the fans get what they want — live pit stops!