WATERFORD, Conn. — Story by Race Chaser Online New England Correspondent Kyle Souza — Ricky St. Clair/VMM photo —
After an offseason where the racing season at New London-Waterford Speedbowl was severely in jeopardy, the pieces are finally starting to fall into place on what should be a spectacular season.
Bruce Bemer purchased the facility during a foreclosure auction last October, but a lengthy court process delayed the complete sale of the track until early February.
Even though some thought the facility would be delayed in starting their 2015 season, things are officially in place to begin the 2015 racing season in May.
Bemer purchased the 64-year old facility as the highest bidder at $1.75 million. Even though he had to wait out multiple obstacles and appeals along the way, the track was officially put in his hands in early February. Bemer had his sights set on keeping it a race track right from the start and has started to put the pieces together on his staff for the upcoming racing season.
New GM/Race Director
Shawn Monahan was named the General Manager of the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. Monahan, a former driver at the Speedbowl himself, brings an energetic and knowledgeable racing mind. Monahan has already started turning heads by completing deals that will bring multiple touring series into the track.
Scott Tapley has also been named the track’s weekly Race Director. Tapley works the Race Director position at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park and has also worked with the Valenti Modified Racing Series in his past.
Valenti Modified Racing Series
The VMRS will return to the shoreline oval on Saturday night August 8.
Last season, Keith Rocco scored win with the series at the Blastoff Weekend in April and the Finale weekend in October. Ted Christopher (T.C) grabbed the checkers at the Wings and Wheels event in August.
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
NASCAR officials released last Monday that the tour will be going back to New London-Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday, May 30. It will be the second straight season the tour goes to the Waterford bullring. Bobby Santos III scored the win in the Tour’s appearance in 2014.
The event will once again be titled the Mr. Rooter 161.
Tri Track Open Modified Series
The officials of the Tri Track Open Modified Series have also confirmed they will be holding an event at the Speedbowl on Sunday afternoon September 13.
The New London-Waterford event will be the fourth on the schedule this season. They will also hold races at Lee USA Speedway on May 17, Monadnock Speedway on June 13 and Seekonk Speedway on June 1.
Monahan has also announced the track will be moving their weekly Wednesday night racing to Thursday nights this season. The new night will be under the title of Thursday Night Thunder.
The Legend Cars have been part of the weekly mid-week program for the past few seasons and that is expected to continue.
Saturday night racing will remain as it was in past seasons.
Although not confirmed, multiple sources close to Race Chaser Online have the North East Street Stock (NESST) will be holding at least one event at New London-Waterford Speedbowl this coming season.
NESST co-founder Scott Fanning told Race Chaser Online, “I talked with Shawn Monahan at the Race O Rama event and he was all for it.”
The tour currently has seven points event planned for 2015 and could add an 8th soon.