Ray Evernham served as Grand Marshall this weekend at the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler at the Stafford Motor Speedway. Evernham got his start in modifieds and grew up watching them. Evernham told 22News for everything you go through, you always come back to your roots.
“Really incredible facility that the Arute family has here and what a great idea for bringing the vintage cars. Its an honor to be Grand Marshall at one of the most prestigious and well known modified races in the country,” said Evernham.
Evernham raced in the Vintage Modified race on Saturday. He told 22News that is great to see these Vintage cars that are out on the track today that raced 40-50 years ago and making laps again.
“You meet a lot of great people and I think its great that we continue that we introduced our younger people to understand the history of the sport. Its great that Vintage Modified Racing has a place here with the tour. If you look around between the grandstands and the pits here, short track modified open wheel racing is healthy. Its great for me to see that after 50-60 years this sport is still going strong,” said Evernham.
This was the first Spring Sizzler for Ray Evernham. Evernham did not get to race at Stafford Motor Speedway. Evernham drove Geoff Bodine’s modified. Bodine won in that same at the Spring Sizzler back in 1980.
Richie Evans and Jerry Cook are members of the NASCAR Hall Of Fame down in Charlotte, NC. Evernham told 22News that there is a lot of respect for the modifieds.
“If you look at NASCAR’s history, modifieds its the longest division still running. Richie (Evans) and Jerry (Cook) won’t be the last guys in there. We’ve got guys like Mike Stefanik and people like that that are in line. You’ll see more modified guys in that Hall Of Fame for sure,” said Evernham.