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Drivers in limbo after track owner's sex traffic arrest

In this April 6, 2017 photo, the NASCAR logo is among the signs at the the ticket entrance of the New London Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, Conn. The track, in operation since 1951, postponed its planned May 6 opening after NASCAR pulled its sanctions in April following the arrest of owner Bruce Bemer. (Dana Jensen/The Day via AP)

WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) A small Connecticut racetrack and the drivers who compete there have become collateral damage in a sex trafficking case.

The New London-Waterford Speedbowl, which has been in operation since 1951, in in danger of not opening this season. NASCAR pulled its sanctions last month after 63-year-old owner Bruce Bemer was arrested in an investigation into the sex trafficking of boys with mental illnesses.

Bemer is charged with patronizing a trafficked person. His attorney has asked the public not to rush to judgment. He's due in court Tuesday.

The track postponed its planned May 6 opening. Officials released a statement last weekend on Facebook saying a lease deal was in the works that would allow racing. That post quickly disappeared. Speedbowl spokesman Chuck Corsey called it premature.

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