The newly rebranded 602 TOUR announces the formation of their new 602 Modified Series. The popular tour debuted in 2016 with the 602 Super Limited Series.
With 4 events scheduled, 2017 will be the debut of the new 602 Modifieds. This new class will feature tour-type modifieds, utilizing a Chevrolet Crate Motor, a 650cfm carburetor and a 10” American Racer tire, similar to the northeastern United States SK Modified classes. 2017 rules will allow the Grand American modifieds from Orange County Speedway to compete using a built late model stock motor with a 350cfm carburetor. In 2018, the tour will utilize Chevy 602 crate motors only. The 2017 events will be 50 laps and will include modified cars from Orange County Speedway that will be allowed to use late model stock built motors with 350cfm carburetors for the inaugural 4 race series. In 2018 only 602 motors will be allowed in competition.
On Friday July 28th the new series will debut at Wake County Speedway in Raleigh NC. The second event will be held Labor Day weekend at venue yet to be announced. October will see the series 3rd event either on Oct 7 or Oct 28 and the series finale’ will be held November 12 at Franklin County Speedway. All TBA dates are expected to be announced at the rules meeting to be held on Saturday January 28 at Bib’s Downtown Barbeque Restaurant in Winston-Salem NC.
In the future, this modified tour will not only run select events with the 602 Super Limiteds, but may run some events with the SMRS Mod Tour and stand alone events with local area tracks.
The south has long needed, and never had, a feeder division for the tour type modifieds. This series was designed off of the successful 602 motor platform utilized by the 602 Super Limiteds in 2016. The modifieds will get a bigger carburetor and more freedom rebuilding their motors. This will guarantee an outlet for used Super Limited sealed crate motors and save the modified competitors money.
The 602 Super Limiteds will march into the 2017 campaign with 8 events scheduled: The opener will March 18 at Caraway Speedway. April 1 will see action with the SMRS Mod Tour at Concord Speedway. July 2 is the first of two visits to Franklin County Speedway. August 26 will see the tour travel east to East Carolina Motor Speedway. September 9 the tour is back at Caraway Speedway. September 30 will be at Hickory with the SMRS Mod Tour. October 14 is an event at Tri County Motor Speedway along with the Southeastern Super Trucks and the season finale’ is once again at Franklin County Speedway on November 12. Also on tap is an non-points exhibition Dash for Cash race at Carteret County Speedway on October 28th.
2017 looks to be a big year for the 602tour, with plans in 2018 to run 12 Super Limited races and 8-10 Modified events.