(Editor’s Note: NASCAR confirmed in a press release on Monday evening that the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will race the Mr. Rooter 161 on Saturday, May 30, bringing the NWMT schedule to 15 races in 2015.)
After much speculation, one of the most popular events on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule has been added to the calendar. New London-Waterford Speedbowl (CT) general manager Shawn Monahan confirmed that the facility will play host to the NWMT in 2015.
“At this time we are NASCAR sanctioned and we will have a Tour event,” Monahan confirmed to Speed51.com powered by JEGS.
Monahan said he’s pretty certain of what day the race will be held, but at this time he was unable to disclose of that information. He said he hopes to have a joint press release with NASCAR that will include more information on the event.
Speed51.com reached out to NASCAR, but they said they had no further information at this time.
When the NWMT schedule was released back in December the event at the 1/3-mile oval on Connecticut’s shoreline was notably missing. Uncertainty surrounded the facility as it went through the appeals process after being sold to Bruce Bemer at auction in October for $1.75 million.
As reported by Shawn Courchesne of RaceDayCT, the appeal was dropped in early February and shortly after Monahan was named general manager of the facility. Since then Bemer and Monahan have been hard at work trying to get everything in place for the 2015 season.
In addition to confirming a NWMT event at the track, Monahan also confirmed that the facility will open its gates for the Saturday night portion of their 2015 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season on May 2. (Editor’s Note: The Valenti Modified Racing Series confirmed on Facebook that it will visit the New London-Waterford Speedbowl on May 2. The series will also visit the Speedbowl one more time on August 8.)
“We are looking to release a schedule within a week,” Monahan said. “In the meantime we are going to start off with our Saturday schedule the first weekend of May. We are going to run through the end of September. We are going to be racing every Saturday night like we always have been.”
Monahan also said that the Speedbowl’s “Wild and Wacky Wednesday” program will be moved to Thursday nights and will be known as “Thursday Night Thunder.”
At this point, Monahan said the schedule for this season is mostly complete, but he and race director Scott Tapley are working on fitting in the visiting touring series such as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Valenti Modified Racing Series and ISMA Supermodifieds.
“The only thing on the schedule that really has yet to be seen is where we’ll be putting in visiting divisions,” Monahan said. “And that’s almost finalized. We’re going to have the Wings and Wheels event in August like we normally do. On September 13th we’re going to have the Tri-Track Series join us for what I think is going to be one of the biggest events of the season.”
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Northeast Editor -Twitter: @RobBlount
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