After years of watching the excitement of NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events on the 1.058-mile oval at New Hampshire Motor Speedway TV analyst Andy Petree has decided that he'd like to see what it looks like from behind the wheel.
Petree, a former Sprint Cup Series championship crew chief, team owner, driver and current ESPN motorsports analyst, will enter the Whelen Modified Tour F.W. Webb 100 which is scheduled for July 16 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
"It's the coolest race ever," Petree said by phone Tuesday evening. "Running a Modified at New Hampshire Motor Speedway has got to be the most fun you could ever have. I've always wanted to run that race. It might be one of the best events to watch in racing.
"The cars are just so cool to start with, they just have a noise that is so unique, they have all that power, they shake the ground. There's open wheels, they draft at the track and yet it's still a handling race. It's just pretty cool."
Petree, 52, is scheduled to test at the track on Wednesday in what he said is a brand new car he built around a Troyer chassis. He made two starts in a Modified at this year's World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing in February at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway.
"I've got to get some laps," Petree said. "I've never driven at the track before in anything."
Petree said if all goes well in the July event at New Hampshire he will attempt to run the division's race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug. 24.
Petree won a pair of Sprint Cup Series championships as a crew chief for the late Dale Earnhardt in 1993 and '94 before starting his own Sprint Cup Series team in 1996.
He made four Nationwide Series starts in 1988 and one in 1994. From 2002 to 2004 he made seven starts in the Camping World Truck Series, recording one top-10 finish.
Petree joined the ESPN NASCAR broadcasting team in 2006.
The F.W. Webb 100 is part of the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Sprint Cup Series weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.