Category Archives: White Mountain Motorsports Park

Bullring Bash Beginning New Modified, Legend Chapters at WMMP

Attleboro, Massachusetts (April 22, 2019) — The Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge, presented by RaceChoice.com is less than two months away from its inaugural event at N. Woodstock, NH’s White Mountain Motorsports Park (WMMP). The Battle of the Banks on Sunday, June 16 for the Bullring Bash Modifieds and Midstate Site Development Legends is part of a new era for the track and for both classes of auto racing at the ¼-mile speedway.

WMMP enters 2019 under new ownership for the first time in its history. Cris Michaud and Pat Malone, who also own Barre, VT’s Thunder Road Speedbowl and the American-Canadian Tour (ACT), purchased the track over the winter. Previous owners Donnie and Teri Avery elected to sell WMMP so they and son David could concentrate on the growing demands of the family’s business Avery Sweeping.

The sale was announced less than two months after the track completed its 25th-anniversary season. The Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge, presented by RaceChoice.com was announced barely more than a month later, making it the first big addition by the new ownership.

“The Bullring Bash fits right in with our short-term and long-term goals for WMMP,” Michaud said. “It’s been a long time since the Modifieds have visited the track, and the Legends are just getting started out here. We thought this was the perfect opportunity to add two big events that teams and fans will love.”

“We’ve worked with Josh Vanada at Thompson Speedway the last several years since ACT became part of the World Series, and we love his vision for these events,” Michaud add. “We believe it’s important to bring in the biggest, best-run series and sanctioning bodies in the region. Early signs are the Bullring Bash will be just that.”

The opener will add to an already colorful history at WMMP. The track opened its doors in May 1993, making it the newest asphalt track in New Hampshire that remains in operation. Founder Donnie Avery, like many others before him, decided the best way to fuel his passion for racing was to build a track. The speedway sits in the foothills of the scenic Kancamagus Highway and is just an hour north of Concord, making it an ideal location for Saturday night racing.

Since day one, WMMP has made a concerted effort to bring in the racing series and names that fans want to see. The track opened the same year New Hampshire Motor Speedway held its first NASCAR Winston Cup race, and former series Rookie of the Year Dick Trickle made a visit the night beforehand. WMMP also hosted Busch North Series events its first two seasons which were won by Northeast racing legends Bobby Dragon and Tom Rosati. Other series the track has regularly hosted include the ACT Late Model Tour, Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models, Granite State Pro Stock Series, and the short-lived Pro Truck Tour.

However, the Modifieds have had a stop-and-go history at WMMP. In fact, the Battle at the Banks will be the first time in nearly 14 years that Tour-type Modifieds grace the oval. The only previous visits were when the Valenti Modified Racing Series held two events each in 2004 and 2005. These were also the first two years of the series’ existence.

Kirk Alexander dominated that short era, winning three out of the four events en route to back-to-back series championships. Former NASCAR Weekly Series National Champion Peter Daniels won the second event in 2004. This ended up being the last of his three series wins.

Two other Modified series have raced at WMMP. The Pro-4 Modifieds made a single visit in August 2002 with George Savary taking the win. In April 2004, the PASS Modifieds first came to town. This series has had the most staying power of the three. A total of eight PASS Modified races have been held at WMMP with a ninth scheduled for September 21. Previous winners include Ben Rowe, Dale Shaw, Wayne Allard, Jason Taylor, and Bill Dixon, the last of whom has entered the Bullring Bash Modifieds.

The history of Legend Cars at the track is even briefer. In fact, records indicate the NELCAR AMSOIL Legends Tour event last September 16 was the first major Legend Car event in the track’s history. Noah Korner won that day and will return to the track this year as part of the Midstate Site Development Legends. NELCAR also returns on Saturday, July 6.

In 2019, the Tour-type Modifieds resume their story at WMMP while the Legend Cars continue the early chapters of theirs. The Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge, presented by RaceChoice.com has two events at the track with the Battle at the Banks on Sunday, June 16 and Thunder in the Mountains on Saturday, August 10. Both events feature a unique format and large purses, with nearly $38,000 in posted awards just for the Battle at the Banks. Many other big events are planned for Michaud and Malone’s first season at the helm, making WMMP a place to enjoy a great night of racing all summer.

The Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge, presented by RaceChoice.com will have additional announcements regarding registered teams, sponsors, officials, partnerships, and much more in the coming weeks. To keep up with the Bullring Bash, teams and fans can visit http://www.bullringbash.com. Fans can also stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @BullringBashQMC. For more on White Mountain Motorsports Park, visit www.whitemountainmotorsports.com or follow them on Facebook at @whitemtnmotorsports.

Bullring Bash Unveils Full Posted Awards for WMMP Opener

Attleboro, Massachusetts (April 17, 2019) — The Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge, presented by RaceChoice.com has revealed the full posted awards for the Battle at the Banks at N. Woodstock, NH’s White Mountain Motorsports Park (WMMP) on Sunday, June 16. Nearly $38,000 in combined purse and contingency awards have been posted for the Bullring Bash Modifieds and the Midstate Site Development (MSD) Legends at the Bullring Bash’s debut.

The Battle at the Banks 125 for the Bullring Bash Modifieds will pay $4,500 in base purse to win with a guaranteed $1,000 to start. A total of 24 starting positions have been posted for the three-segment event with the purse paid out based on a team’s overall result.

More than $3,000 in contingency awards are also up for grabs. The Race Choice #1 in Qualifying Bonus pays $100 to the car owner whose car wins each qualifying race. The more teams that show up, the more chances they will have to start cashing in before the main event even starts.

Hoosier Tires and Hoosier Northeast have posted a trio of WMMP awards. The Hoosier Hard Luck Award of two free tires (approx. value $165 each) goes to the car owner whose team encountered the biggest challenges or obstacles during the event as determined by Bullring Bash officials.

A team that finishes between 10th and 20th overall will also receive two free Hoosier tires. The winning position for the Hoosier Two-Tire Award will be randomly chosen at the pre-event driver/crew chief meeting. Last but not least, the Hoosier Long Haul Award presents $350 to the team owner who travels the longest distance for the event.

New England Racing Fuel and Sunoco Race Fuels are awarding $1,000 in cash at WMMP through their Bullring Bash Modified contingency program. The Sunoco “Fueling Victories” Award pays $500 to the overall winner and $250 to the winner of each of the first two segments. This means the overall winner will receive at least $5,000 total.

Three other awards are on the line at WMMP. The Waddell Communications Wheelman of the Race Award will reward the driver who improves the most positions in each individual segment with a carbon fiber headset case (approx. value $70 each). The car owner whose car improves the most positions in the overall result from their Segment 1 start will receive $200 from the Draco “Spring Forward” Bonus. Last but not least, the LFR Chassis Bonus pays an extra $200 to the highest finishing car owner that is using an LFR Chassis.

“I think a lot of promoters are starting to see that the guy who finishes 12th didn’t have the day he wanted, but still put as much effort in as anyone else, and they’re starting to reward that throughout the field,” Swanzey, NH’s Russ Hersey said. “It’s a good way to get the contingencies and the sponsors some publicity, get their name out there, and help everybody throughout the field. That makes it a lot more exciting as a competitor. You finish fifth, and hey, you get a free wheel, or you get some fuel at the next event. It makes it a lot more appealing.”

The Battle at the Banks 35 presented by LJM Contracting also has a hefty set of awards for the MSD Legends. The winner will receive a guaranteed $1,500 with a minimum of $65 to start. Twenty-six starting positions have been posted, meaning just over $4,000 in base purse.

The Race Choice #1 in Qualifying Bonus, Sunoco “Fueling Victories” Bonus, and Waddell Communications Wheelman of the Race Award have also been posted for the MSD Legends. The car owner of each qualifying race winner will receive a $100 bonus from RaceChoice.com while the feature winner collects five gallons of Sunoco 93 race fuel from New England Racing Fuel. The driver who improves the most starting positions during the 35-lap event will be awarded a carbon fiber headset case from Waddell Communications.

In addition to the posted awards and contingencies, strong performances at WMMP could set teams up for greater awards later in the season. The Battle at the Banks 125 is an automatic qualifier for both the Seekonk Open Wheel Wednesday 100 and the Race of Champions 250, each of which has a five-figure winner’s purse. The Battle at the Banks 35 presented by LJM Contracting is an INEX-sanctioned event, meaning MSD Legends drivers can earn points toward their national and state championships.

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

Thunder in the Mountains Entry Forms Released

Attleboro, Massachusetts (April 5, 2019) — Entry forms have been released for the Thunder in the Mountains at N. Woodstock, NH’s White Mountain Motorsports Park on Saturday, August 10. The event is the second round of the 2019 Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge, presented by RaceChoice.com and the only one of the year that will be held under the lights.

At the Thunder in the Mountains, the Bullring Bash Modifieds will once again go toe-to-toe for 125 laps across three segments with at least $3,500 going to the overall winner. The Thunder in the Mountains 35 for the Midstate Site Development Legends will pay $1,500 to win and is also an automatic qualifier for the 2019 INEX Legends Asphalt World Championships.

All drivers who submit their entries by July 27 will receive a discounted entry fee. The forms, along with those for the Battle at the Banks, can be downloaded at https://www.bullringbash.com/copy-of-competitors.

An outline of the Thunder in the Mountains event schedule has also been included on the entry forms. The full schedule will be posted on the Bullring Bash website when it is released.

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