When the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the Waterford Speedbowl on June 21 it will have it attached to it a name that has become familiar for the division at the shoreline oval.
Mr. Rooter of Connecticut owner Vin Beedle confirmed that for the third consecutive year the Whelen Modified Tour event at Waterford will known as the Mr. Rooter 161.
“We’re excited to continue the relationship between Mr. Rooter and the Whelen Modified Tour at the Waterford Speedbowl,” Beedle said. “The race has proved to be one of the most exciting and dramatic on the schedule the last two years for the Modified Tour and we look forward to another great event this year and we’re very proud to be associated with it once again.”
The Whelen Modified Tour returned to the Waterford Speedbowl in 2012 after a six-year layoff from the track and the Mr. Rooter 161 has proved to be an accurate barometer of championship predicting those last year two year.
In 2012 it was Doug Coby besting Ryan Preece on a late restart to win the event. Coby went on to his first series title that year. Last year Preece returned the favor, getting the best of Coby on a late restart to win the event. Preece later went on to his first series title.
The Mr. Rooter 161 is one of eight Whelen Modified Tour events at Connecticut short tracks in 2014. The division will make four trips to Stafford Motor and three trips to Thompson as part of a 14-race schedule in 2014.