The curtain opens on the Modified racing season annually at New Smyrna Speedway's World Series of Asphalt Stock Car racing each year.  This time around, in the 48th annual running of the World Series at the Florida half mile, track officials have opened up Modified rules to allow for more engine combinations and cars to compete.

Per a release distributed by New Smyrna officials today, steel-head engines will be allowed to compete with the Tour-Type Modifieds at this year's World Series with a restrictor plate insert.  The addition of the steel-head engines is one of several instituted Monday to open up competition to Modifieds from throughout the Eastern seaboard.

"Our goal was to have level competition with now series rules package dominating the World Series," said New Smyrna Speedway owner and promoter Robert Hart in the release.  "NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour cars will not have to change anything than the gear ratio to compete at NSS.  VMRS (Valenti Modified Racing Series) and RoC (Race of Champions Modified Tour) will have to perform minor changes to compete.  Teams competing at the World Series can be assured that they will be treated fairly and by the book."

All Tour-Type Modifieds competing in the World Series must follow 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Whelen Southern Modified Tour, RoC or VMRS series rules with several exceptions and additions released Monday. 

"We wanted to create a rules package that would be as cost effective as possible," said New Smyrna Speedway owner and promoter Robert Hart in the release.  "The rules package created by our Competition Director, Ricky Brooks, and Modified Director, Mark Tanner, was compiled with assistance from Tour Modified Competitors."

Track officials sought the opinions and input from several experts in the Modified community to develop the rules package beyond competitors, as well.

"Assistance and input was received from a technical official with 20-plus years of experience, a Whelen Modified Tour championship-winning crew chief and car builder, an engine builder who supplies engines in the RoC, VMRS and Whelen Modified Tours and a Whelen Modified Tour car owner," added Hart.

View the complete 2014 World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing Modified rules by clicking here.

For the official New Smyrna Speedway press release regarding the Modified rules, click here.

Racers and teams with further questions or seeking additional information are requested to contact World Series technical director Ricky Brooks by calling 850-324-6821 or visit www.newsmyrnaspeedway.org

New Smyrna Announces Rules Package
for World Series Modifieds
Rules in Place for Level Playing Field for All Tour-Type Modifieds
By Matt Kentfield, Speed51.com Executive Director
New Smyrna has opened up a level set of rules for Modified racers from various series in 2014.