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Excitement building for NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Speedbowl
Race distance increased to 161-laps in a tribute to Richie Evans
Waterford, CT (May 23, 2012) Excitement continues to build for the
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tours 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 racings 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 Tours 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 NASCARs 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 Speedbowls 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 tracks 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
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.