NASCAR officials announced on Thursday morning that they have terminated the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series sanction and canceled the July 22 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour date at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl (CT).
The sanctioning body released the following statement:
“NASCAR has terminated the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series sanction and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race sanction with the New London-Waterford Speedbowl, effective immediately.”
The decision made by NASCAR follows the arrest of the track’s owner Bruce Bemer last week.
Bemer was arrested for allegedly patronizing a trafficked person. According to a Hartford Courant report, Bemer and another individual allegedly enticed young men with mental health problems into a human trafficking prostitution ring with the lure of money, drugs and vehicles.
Since the news broke last week, many have questioned the future of Connecticut’s shoreline oval. On Tuesday, Shawn Courchesne of the website RaceDay CT reported that a number of track employees including race director Tom Fox were leaving their positions at the track.
Bemer purchased the track in a foreclosure auction in October 2014 and made a number of improvements to the racing facility since that time. At this point, the future of the track is uncertain.
Speed51.com will provide updates on the future of the New London-Waterford Speedbowl as they becomes available.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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