Timeline Of Bruce Bemer At The New London-Waterford Speedbowl

It’s been about four and half years since Bruce Bemer was the high bidder in a foreclosure auction for the New London-Waterford Speedbowl, and most of that time has been surrounded by drama and issues revolving around the facility.

Bemer moments after he was the high bidder during a foreclosure auction of the Waterford Speedbowl on Oct. 18, 2014

Oct: 18, 2014 – Bemer is the high bidder on the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in a foreclosure auction of the property

Nov. 3, 2014 – The pending foreclosure sale to Bemer is stalled in court.

Nov. 14, 2014 – Court set to approve foreclosure sale to Bemer

Nov. 17, 2014 – Creditor Ed DeMuzzio announces that he will file an appeal of the court’s approval of the foreclosure sale to Bemer

Dec. 3, 2014 – DeMuzzio files motion to hold up approval of foreclosure sale to Bemer

Feb. 4, 2015 – Bemer reaches settlement with DeMuzzio

Feb. 5, 2015 – Bemer closes on sale of the Speedbowl

Feb. 18, 2015 – Shawn Monahan named general manager, Scott Tapley named race director in first management choices by Bemer 

Former New London-Waterford Speedbowl general manager Shawn Monahan oversees his first track meeting as general manager

May 2, 2015 – The first event is run at the Speedbowl under the ownership of Bemer 

Dec. 1, 2015 – Plans for numerous track upgrades announced, most notably replacement of catch fencing. 

May 8, 2016 – Speedbowl opens for the 2016 season with fans welcomed by numerous offseason track upgrades.

Sept. 2, 2016 – The FBI and police search Bemer’s propane business in Glastonbury as part of an investigation into male prostitution. 

Oct. 30, 2016 – After months of rumors and speculation Monahan officially announces he is stepping down as general manager of the Speedbowl. 

Jan. 21, 2017 – Former Speedbowl star Tom Fox is named the new race director at the track

March 29, 2017 – Bemer is arrested for patronizing a trafficked person

April 4, 2017 – Tom Fox announces resignation as race director

April 6, 2017 – NASCAR announces they are terminating their sanctioning agreement with the Speedbowl and cancelling the Whelen Modified Tour event scheduled at the track for July 2017 

April 26, 2017 – The expected early May start of the 2017 season is indefinitely postponed

May 16, 2017 – Potential buyer Norm Wrenn walks away from negotiations to purchase the track from Bemer 

June 5, 2017 – Track officials announced the facility will open in 2017 and be operated by former Speedbowl competitor George Whitney. 

June 22, 2017 – NASCAR rejects Whitney’s request to return their Whelen All-American Series sanction back to the track. 

George Whitney on the midway at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl on June 24, 2017, his first event as then track operator

June 24, 2017 – Speedbowl opens for 2017 season under Whitney’s management, but legal issues of ownership keep many away.

Nov. 23, 2017 – Whitney announces plan to replace grandstands at the track before 2018 season. 

May 5, 2018 – Speedbowl opens for 2018 season with original grandstand still standing, replacement project unmentioned. 

September 9, 2018 – Whitney unexpectedly walks away from the Speedbowl leaving remain of the season in question. 

Sept. 18, 2018 – Mike Serluca announced as new Speedbowl operator

Jan. 26, 2019 – Serluca announces that track officials have begun demolition of main grandstand at Speedbowl. 

April 1, 2019 – More than two years after his arrest, Bemer’s trial begins in Danbury Superior Court.

April 10, 2019 – Bemer found guilty on four counts of patronizing a trafficked person and one count of being an accessory to human trafficking. Sentencing scheduled for June 6. Future of race track uncertain.

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  1. Well, that puts things in perspective.

  2. Missing are the dates of his co-conspirators pleading guilty. Bemer patronized sex trafficked individuals, not just a trafficked person. I’m still baffled by people supporting this parasite by attending events at the bowl. For reasons beyond my comprehension, they chose to financially support a parasitic human and his choice to dehumanize and abuse sex trafficked boys and men of various disabilities. I question their morals as much as I do Bemer’s. I’ve seen many a person choose racing over their wives, children, work, etc., but to choose to support this incurable human life form is disgusting at best. Entertainment and/or ego, you selfishly chose a track over humanity. You all make me sick.

  3. K, not all. There are some profoundly narcissistic characters here, but not all. Clearly when anything happens, the first thing they think of is how this will affect themselves. There are Sour and Viva that clearly are only concerned with the operation of the track and if they are going to have a place to swill beer and gorge on hot dogs through the summer. Those two are probably trying to come up with a way to blame the victims that Bemer preyed upon.

    Then there’s Doug that encouraged everyone to support the track so Bemer would have more money available for the victims. Imagine being that dead in the head to say something like that? Doug takes the cake with his whining about a ticket line that is 3 minutes too long, so he leaves. And the lines for the fry-o-lator chow is too long. And so on. But he tells everyone else to go and support the track so Bemer will have more assets available for his victims. And not just Doug, but his numerous other handles. Doug is a real gem.

    All roads lead to narcissism.

    K, if you really want to be repulsed, go read the letter that was just released by the retired Pope. He blames the pedophilia of the clergy and homosexuality that goes on in seminaries on the absence of God. Can you imagine the absence of God in a seminary? When all else fails, play ‘the devil made me do it’ card. Pedophiles are outstanding examples of narcissists.

  4. Bill Realist says:

    Oh yeah the pope. Sat next to him at Waterford once. He was a huge Rocco fan.

  5. Viva race fan says:

    Beer yuck, and cold hot dogs no thanks . Honorable mention from Dareal Priceless…

    I hate this for everyone .

    I don’t go as much as I used to . Rather fish then support George last year.

    Was Hoping to see what Mike would have done he has some good ideas.

  6. Here come the judge, here come the judge, order in the courtroom here come the judge.
    That’s pretty cool DGF. Trying to start rhubarbs by triangulating your attacks. Assuming all the time you have the credibility and stature to be an arbiter.
    I’m on to you, you wascally wabbit.
    In the end who cares what any of us think.

  7. Viva race fan says:


  8. bill giles says:

    I have followed the story of Mr Bemer on interweb news and on tv news and the first words out the news people is the Waterford speedbowl owner they don’t say any thing about his other bussnesses the oil co. the two moyorcycle dealerships just the race track getting all the bad rap it sucks the race track didn’t do any wrong but the NEWS IS APPLYING THAT IT DID and making people think its a bad place to go and have a good time with family or racers the track did NOTHING WRONG I am a old time race of the speedbowl its a grat place to race and watch racing I hope the track will surive all the bad press

  9. bill Giles, you want Bemer’s other businesses to be mentioned too?

    What has happened to the track is not the fault of the media. What if the track were the only business owned by Bemer?

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