BUILDING FOR NASCAR WMT RACE AT SPEEDBOWL
increased to 161-laps in a tribute to Richie Evans
continues to build for the NASCAR Whelen Modified
Tour’s much anticipated return to Waterford
Speedbowl June 23. Track management and NASCAR have
given extra reason for fans and the racing community
to celebrate. The event will pay homage to one of
racing’s true legends, NASCAR Hall of Fame member
Richie Evans. The race distance has been
increased by one lap from the original length to a
161-lap event, in honor of Evans’ famous #61
Modified. The event, just one month away, will be
sponsored by Mr. Rooter.
“Feedback about the Whelen Modified Tour’s return to
the Speedbowl has been very positive, very well
received around the Modified community since we made
the announcement over the winter” according to
Speedbowl owner and promoter Terry Eames. The lap
count of the race, originally slated for 160-laps,
opened up the possibility to remember Evans.
“Between us and NASCAR, we felt this Tour needed an
event to honor Richie Evans. Everyone was on board
to add one extra lap for Richie”.
Evans, a native of Rome, NY, was an iconic racer on
the Modified circuit claiming nine NASCAR
championships over a 13-year span, ending with his
untimely passing in 1985. He racked up hundreds of
victories at short-tracks around the Northeast and
is regarded as the “king” of Modified racing. One of
NASCAR’s greatest racers of all-time, Evans was
among the first inductees into the NASCAR Hall of
Fame in 2011.
The announcement brings extra incentive for racers
entering the event. Only one will claim the
inaugural Richie Evans tribute race plus a
commemorative trophy which accompanies the
prestigious win. Many feel the route to victory may
lie in the Speedbowl’s outside groove – the
three-eighths mile oval is often cited as having one
of the best around. A strong desire and drive
to win should see the track’s top groove receiving
plenty of open-wheel excitement on June 23.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the
Speedbowl for the first time since 2006. There have
been thirteen different winners in a total of
seventeen previous tour races at the shoreline oval.
More announcements regarding the event will be
announced by track management in the coming weeks.
Mr. Rooter Plumbing partnered with the Speedbowl to
sponsor the 161-lap event, which includes a
hospitality event for Mr. Rooter employees, clients
and special guests. Mr. Rooter Plumbing services
Connecticut residents and commercial properties with
courteous, fully licensed technicians available 24
hours a day.
Source: Brian Darling / Waterford Speedbowl