Modified Series returns to Martinsville Speedway

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WDBJ) -- The Modified Series has a 60 plus year history at Martinsville. The last time the Mod Squad hit the half mile was back in the summer of 2010. But it will return next May as part of a companion weekend with the Cup Series.

"It's not that we haven't wanted the modifieds back, it's just that timing makes all the difference in the world. This made perfect sense. There's a lot of first for everything. It's our first Cup race at night under the lights. It's not our first race for the modified tour under the lights but the significance of this race being in conjunction with the Cup weekend, we felt like this was the ideal time to bring the Whelen Modified Tour back," Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said.

Tommy Baldwin, Junior's Dad was a two time Modified winner at Martinsville, and Baldwin understands better than most what it means for the series to return to NASCAR's oldest track.

"This place means a lot not only to my family but also to the NASCAR Whelen Modified community. This is a big venue to come to. I'm really pumped. I'm sure everybody up in the Northeast is really pumped about coming here. This is a historic racetrack from the beginning of the modifieds to now, we can't wait," Tommy Baldwin, Jr. said.

The Modified drivers will likely have a practice session under the lights, Thursday May 7th, ahead of Friday's MaxPro Window Films 200, and the Cup race on Saturday.