Emergency Awards help keep NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour teams on the road

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For grassroots contestants, every cent counts.

This is especially true for teams competing with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, where competitors often do everything they can to get the most out of a dollar.

This is where emergency awards and reward programs come in.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour offers a wide range of emergency prizes and rewards to help fill race teams’ pockets as they get on and off the highway to and from Tour events.

These bonuses are backed by Tour sponsors, all of whom want to give back to the racing teams that support the Tour.

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“It’s not cheap for our race teams to travel back and forth to our events, so we want to do everything we can to help support them,” said NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Director Jimmy Wilson. “One of the biggest ways to do that is with our emergency sponsors, who help the race teams by offering extra incentives at every race throughout the season and at the end of the year.”

Whelen Engineering, the series’ lead partner, is one of the biggest proponents of the Bounty Awards. In addition to the traditional winner’s bag paid at the end of each event, the winning driver also wins the $3,500 Whelen Engineering “Race Winner” award.

Other rewards come from sponsors such as Mayhew Tools, Sunoco, Hoosier Tire and Josten’s. Below is a complete list of the special prizes available to Tour teams during each race.

  • $3,500 Whelen Engineering Race Award winner for the winning driver.
  • $1,000 from Mayhew Tools Dominator Pole per event that awards the driver the fastest qualifying time to participate.
  • The $625 Sunoco Rookie of the Race Prize for the highest nominee for the 2022 NASCAR Whalen Modified Tour.
  • A Hoosier Tire Lap Leader Award of $600 per event for the eligible vehicle owner whose driver drives the most laps in each event.
  • $550 Sunoco Spec Fuel prize divided: 1st – $300 5th – $150 Tenth – $100.
  • Hoosier Tire Harder Charger Prize $500 per event for the highest-finished qualified driver who advances in the most positions during the course of the race.
  • Hoosier Tire Most Improved Prize of $500 for each event for the new qualified team/organization whose driver improves the most positions during the course of the race.
  • A $400 Phil Kurze Halfway Leader Award given by Josten’s per event to the race leader halfway through the event.

A number of these emergency prizes also have an end-of-year element, where the drivers and teams who earn the most from each prize throughout the season receive additional financial rewards.

Those that include year-end rewards are the Hoosier Tire Lap Leader Award, the Hoosier Tire Most Enhanced Award, the Sunoco Rookie of the Race Award, the Sunoco Spec Fuel Award and the race-winning Whelen Engineering Award.

This is far from the end of the rewards teams can earn. There are also point fund prizes available from many emergency sponsors.

Whelen Engineering, Mayhew Tools, Sunoco, Hoosier Tire, ARP Fasteners, JE Pistons, Penske Shocks, Total Seal, Competition Cams, Josten’s, Quarter Master, E3 Spark Plugs, Kooks Custom Headers, SRI Performance, Sark Motorsports, Holley MSD, Mobil 1 They all participate as year-end emergency supporters in the revised NASCAR Whelen Tour.

“At racing, every cent adds value, so having so many amazing emergency sponsors involved in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to help give back to our racing teams is incredible,” Wilson said. “It would be hard to do what we do without their support of our competitors throughout the year. They are all an important part of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour family and we are excited to have all of them involved.”

In addition to the aforementioned rewards and contingency prizes, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour FloRacing’s streaming partner also awards $10,000 in rewards to the top 20 riders in each event series as well as an additional $25,000 in year-end rewards split among the teams attempting each race throughout the year.

JDV Productions, an outdoor promotional group promoting four races this year, is offering multiple rewards as part of the inaugural Whelen Granite State Short Track Cup. The series within the series features rewards of $15,000 USD that will be available to Tour competitors.

The modified NASCAR Whelen Tour is back in action Saturday, May 14, at Riverhead Raceway in New York.

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