WATERFORD — It’s a special occasion every time the Whelen Modified Tour visits the Waterford Speedbowl.
This year should even be more special.
New England Cycle Center in Hartford has climbed on board as the title sponsor of this year’s Whelen Modified Tour appearance at the Speedbowl. The New England Cycle Center 161 will take place Saturday, May 14.
It will be the fifth consecutive season that the best drivers in the Northeast have invaded the bowl, and the first time New England Cycle Center has been the title sponsor.
“We’re excited about it,” said Gary Moir, the manager of New England Cycle Center. “Everyone here at our business is enthusiastic about racing. And we’re super happy to be involved.”
The 2015 Whelen Tour event was won by Ryan Preece, who is currently competing on NASCAR’s XFINITY series. A sellout crowd turned out to watch Preece grab his second Whelen Tour win at the Speedbowl. Other winners have been Doug Coby and Bobby Santos.
“I’ve been to the Speedbowl quite a few times, and it’s a great family night out,” Muir said. “Anything we can do to promote motor sports and recreational vehicles is a priority. Everyone here enjoys racing so much that it only makes sense to get involved.”
New England Cycle Center is the largest motorcycle dealer in Connecticut and sells Yamaha, Suzuki and Victory motorcycles, Yamaha and Sea-Doo watercrafts, ATVs and UTVs. The business is located at 73 Leibert Road in Hartford.
“This will be such a big event, and it’s awesome to be a part of it,” Moir said. “We support everything pertaining to motor sports, such as car shows and bike shows. So when we had a chance to be involved at the Speedbowl, it just clicked. ”
“We would like to thanks New England Cycle Center for coming on board,” Speedbowl GM-promoter Shawn Monahan said. “This will be a night everyone will be looking forward to.”
The combination of the Whelen Modified Tour and New England Cycle Center should be a perfect fit. That’s because the people at New England Cycle Center aren’t just sponsors, they’re diehard fans.
The Speedbowl opens its 66th season Saturday, May 7, with the Blastoff, featuring the SK Modifieds, the Magnus Racing Products SK Lights, Limited Sportsmen, Mini Stocks,The Joie of Seating Legend Cars, X-Cars, Super X-Cars, the Microblue Bandoleros and the New England Race Trucks.