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Derek Griffith prevails in PASS Super Late Model race at Thunder Road

Barre, VT – Reigning Pro All Stars Series National Champion Derek Griffith of Hudson, New Hampshire nailed down his first PASS Super Late Model victory of the season in impressive fashion Sunday afternoon in the Mekklesen’s RV 150 at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, Vermont.

Griffith’s Louie Mechalides-prepared Super Late Model was the class of the field in the second half of the competitive event on the historic, high-banked quarter-mile oval.  He is the sixth different winner in six Pro All Stars Series events contested at Thunder Road.

Griffith took the lead away from defending PASS North Super Late Model champion DJ Shaw of Center Conway, New Hampshire.  Shaw, who started 11th, looked like a good bet to prevail until Griffith put the hammer down in the outside groove and took command of the race in the closing laps.

Shaw, who had prevailed in an epic battle versus Griffith at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park last month, stayed atop the PASS North Super Late Model championship standings with his runner-up performance.  Mekklesen 150 defending champion Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., of Hudson, New Hampshire, finished third in the race after restarting from the back of the field at the race’s halfway point. 

Travis Benjamin of Belfast, Maine battled adversity effectively enough to record a fourth-place finish, with Scarborough, Maine’s Garrett Hall making a lot of late progress to score the final top-five finishing position.

Derek Ramstrom of Worcester, Massachusetts was credited with a 10th-place finish after dominating the first half of the race.  Northfield, Vermont’s Evan Hallstrom appeared to have a career-best third-place finish locked up when his car appeared to quit running while under caution prior to the last restart.  Eighth-place finisher Ben Rowe was strong early on and the Moody team appears poised to snap an extended dry spell.

The next Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Model race is scheduled for this Sunday afternoon, June 2 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine.  Post time is 2:00 p.m.  For more information please visit or call (207) 539-8865.

Unofficial results from the Mekklesen’s RV Memorial Day 150 Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model race at Thunder Road Speedbowl; Barre, VT; Sunday, May 26, 2019 showing finishing position, car number, driver’s name, driver’s hometown:

1 12 Derek Griffith, Hudson, NH; 2 60 DJ Shaw, Center Conway, NH; 3 97 Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., Hudson, NH; 4 7 Travis Benjamin, Belfast, ME; 5 94 Garrett Hall, Scarborough, ME; 6 47 Gabe Brown, Center Conway, NH;7 40 Nick Sweet, Barre, VT; 8 4 Ben Rowe, Turner, ME; 9 59 Reid Lanpher, Manchester, ME; 10 35 Derek Ramstrom, Worcester, MA; 11 1 Evan Hallstrom, Northfield, VT; 12 5 Bobby Therrien, Hinesburg, VT.

Bullring Bash Staff Visits Racing Venues

Last Thursday, leaders from the Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge presented by RaceChoice visited the two venues that will play host to three exciting shows this summer, White Mountain Motorsports Park in New Hampshire and Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Vermont.

At both tracks, the Bullring Bash staff worked on parking layouts and safety response plans, while also meeting with the owners of both tracks, Cris Michaud and Pat Malone.

It was Bullring Bash founder Josh Vanada’s first trip to White Mountain, and he left the speedway with only good things to say.

“I had heard a lot of positive things about White Mountain, but had never been there before,” Vanada said. “I was blown away by the character of the track, and impressed by the cleanliness of the facility.”

Thunder Road was equally as impressive.

“I was taken back by the improvements that the new ownership is making there,” Vanada said. “Thunder Road is truly one of the nation’s finest short tracks, and we are honored to be racing there in our inaugural season.”

“Cris Michaud and Pat Malone are first class, and we are looking forward to producing our trio of all-star events at their venues this summer!” 

The Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge will have additional announcements regarding registered teams, sponsors, officials, and much more in the coming weeks. To keep up with the Bullring Bash, teams and fans can visit Fans can also stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @BullringBashQMC.

Bullring Bash Partners With ACT, Moves Up Rumble in the Quarry to Labor Day Weekend

Attleboro, MA (January 28, 2019) — The Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge and Thunder Road International Speedbowl have announced that the inaugural Rumble in the Quarry, the final event of the 2019 Bullring Bash season, will be moved to Sunday, September 1. The revised event date will see the Bullring Bash team up with the American Canadian Tour’s Late Model division for the first time for a spectacular doubleheader event. The new event date will avoid Modified conflicts in the region for racers and fans, and will enable all parties to deliver high-quality racing action that meets the Bullring Bash standards.“

When we developed the inaugural Bullring Bash calendar, we sought out event dates that would not cause a conflict with other New England racing promotions,” said Bullring Bash founder Josh Vanada. “For the benefit of the community, we thought it was in everybody’s best interests to take the initiative to move our Thunder Road season finale to a new date. Running on Labor Day weekend affords more quality competitors the opportunity to race, and also allows us to team up with the ACT Late Model Tour. The new arrangement enables us to put on a better show for the fans who have been waiting for years for these cars to return to Thunder Road.”“

We want the inaugural Bullring Bash event at Thunder Road to be a success for both competitors and fans, and that means making sure as many of each as possible can be there for it,” Thunder Road managing partner Cris Michaud said. “When we agreed to the original race date, it was the only major Modified or Legends event in the region scheduled for that day. However, this is no longer the case. Switching to Labor Day means more teams and fans can make the trip to Thunder Road with having to choose between events. It also creates a huge weekend with the Modifieds, Legends, and ACT Late Model Tour all on the schedule. Fans won’t want to miss it!”

The Rumble in the Quarry will be joined by two additional events on the 2019 Bullring Bash schedule. June 16’s Battle at the Banks and August 10’s Thunder in the Mountains will both take place at White Mountain Motorsports Park on their previously announced dates. Multiple competitors, including two-time MRS champion Woody Pitkat, five-time PASS Modified champion Andy Shaw, and international Legends champion Noah Korner have already announced their intent to compete in the inaugural Bullring Bash season

To keep up with the Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge, teams and fans can visit Fans can also stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @BullringBashQMC. Further announcements on sponsorships, competitors, and more will be made in the coming weeks.