NASCAR has dropped the Whelen Modified Tour race at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl track after track owner Bruce Bemer’s arrest.
In a shock to the sport, NASCAR has opted to terminate its sanctioning agreement for the New London-Waterford Speedbowl after the track’s owner, Bruce Bemer, was arrested pending an investigation by law officials into a potential sex trafficking ring. Bemer was arrested on charges of soliciting underage males for sex, some of whom were reported to suffer from severe mental health issues and required “significant mental health needs”.
NASCAR issued the following succinct statement earlier today:
“NASCAR has terminated the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series sanction and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race sanction with the New London-Waterford Speedbowl, effective immediately.” – NASCAR Officials
In addition to the cancellation of the race at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl, multiple employees have quit their jobs in protest to Bemer’s actions coming to light. Some have attacked Bemer for his alleged homosexual tendencies, but that is not the issue here. The issue at hand is that someone who is in a position of power was not only conducting illegal and nefarious actions, but doing so at the expense of innocent adolescents who were likely already victims of trauma and abuse.
“Disgust” is too light of a word to describe the actions of Bemer. But it should be stated that he did not operate alone. In addition to his arrest, 71 year old William Trefzger and Robert Kink were also arrested. And to top it off, Robert King had been arrested prior under the charge of trafficking and tampering with a witness.
There is no official number for the count of victims that Bemer and Co. carried out their heinous acts on, but authorities suspect that their actions could have spanned the larger part of twenty-five years.