New London-Waterford Speedbowl Management Looking At Possible July Reopening

A long dormant New London-Waterford Speedbowl Facebook page came back to life on Sunday with a surprise announcement. 

And now sources close to Speedbowl management are indicating that track ownership is looking at an upcoming reopening of the facility, possibly as early as July 25. 

The Speedbowl was closed for the entirety of the 2019 season because of construction issues involving the replacement of the main grandstand, which was demolished in early 2019.

The last event at the Speedbowl was run in October 2018. A source confirmed that construction has resumed in an effort to get the facility prepared for a reopening. Construction on two new main grandstands was completed in recent months. 

Management from the Speedbowl was unavailable for comment on Monday morning. 

In mid-September 2018 track management abandoned its previous Facebook page (The New London-Waterford Speedbowl) when the operating group that had run the track from June 2017 up to that point walked away from operations. A new Facebook page (The Speedbowl) was started for the track in Sept. 2018. 

On Sunday the following message was posted on the Facebook page that had been in use from Sept. 2018: “To all of the speedbowl followers!!! We have our old page back. The New London Waterford Speedbowl is now our Facebook page. I ask that you all like and follow that page for all updates concerning the New London Waterford Speedbowl. The Speedbowl is not an official page. Thank you” 

For the last 21 months the track’s old Facebook page seemed to be operated by an individual not involved with management at the track. Postings on the page included numerous promotions for other tracks and professional wrestling.

Sunday photos of construction progress at the Speedbowl were posted on the previously used page. It marked the first time the page was used to promote the Speedbowl since September 2018. 

The following announcement was also posted to the page Sunday: “** Special message from the official New London Waterford Speedbowl Facebook page ** We will be posting some exciting news about our 2020 season in the coming days along with photos of progress that has been made on the grandstand reconstruction- so make sure you check back on our page. As always , we thank our loyal fans, supporters and race teams for the support you’ve provided during this tough situation with COVID 19.” 

Mike Serluca, who took over as general manager of the facility in September 2018 announced last week that he was resigning from the position effective immediately. Serluca, who had been furloughed by ownership in April during the height of COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns, said last week that he was made aware that plans to reopen the track were in the works without his knowledge. 

A source close to track management said officials at the facility are expected to announce a likely reopening date soon. The track is expected to reopen without completing plans for a new official’s tower, which was expected to be built behind the start/finish line between the two new main grandstand sections. 

RaceDayCT has confirmed that Rich Turcotte, who had previously worked at the track as a facility manager, has reached out to some previous track employees inquiring about their availability to return to the facility.

Sources have confirmed to RaceDayCT that the track plans to return to Saturday night racing cards and also bring back their Wacky Wednesday racing shows. 

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