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RaceChoice.com Driver Profile Series: Jessica O’Leary

The wait for the inaugural Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge presented by RaceChoice event is almost over. Entries continue to be sent in for both the Legends and Modified divisions.

Jessica O’Leary will be driving her No. 14 Tick Mike/A1 Disposal and Sons/Mikey’s Motorsports INEX Legends car at White Mountain Motorsports Park this coming Sunday.

O’Leary, a Warwick, Rhode Island-native, has been racing for 11 years, starting with Go-Karts at F1 Boston. Later on, she moved up to race at Seekonk in the Mini Cup division, where she saw some success. Now, she drives a Legends car.

This will be the first time O’Leary will be driving a car this season, as a hand injury suffered in a crash at Monadnock last June sidelined her for the remainder of 2018.

“I wrecked a Sportsman Modified at Monadnock,” she said. “Shattered a bone in my hand.”

The injury required surgery, and by the time her hand was healed, the season was over. Compounding the injury is the fact that the track O’Leary planned to race at, Waterford, has not yet opened for the season.

“I’ve been racing at Waterford and Seekonk,” she said. “We decided not to race at Seekonk this season.”

O’Leary doesn’t think that the lack of seat time so far in 2019 should hurt her all that much.

“I think I’ll be able to get back into the swing of things,” O’Leary said. “Just gotta get back in the car and get used to it.”

The main goal for O’Leary when she climbs into her car Sunday? To finish the race.

“Just coming off the hand surgery, I’m looking forward to finishing the race and to doing good,” she said.

The Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge will have additional announcements regarding registered teams, sponsors, officials, and much more coming soon. 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.

Sal Accardi and Rich Schlegel excited for Bullring Bash kickoff

There’s plenty of racers getting excited for June 16, when the Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge presented by RaceChoice kicks off at White Mountain Motorsports Park.

One driver-owner combination ready to get started is the modified race team run by Sal Accardi Jr. and Rich Schlegel.

Despite not meeting until just a couple of years ago, Accardi and Schlegel have settled into their roles as the two full-time workers on the team. Accardi does the work behind the wheel and in the race shop, and Schlegel creates the setups, acts as crew chief, spots for Accardi during races, and chooses where to go for the next race.

Interestingly enough, Accardi and Schlegel would not have met had it not been for sheer luck.

“I used to drive part-time myself,” Schegel said. “I didn’t think I was a great driver. I posted an ad on Facebook looking for a driver.”

Accardi saw the ad and sent Schlegel a message back.

There were definitely concerns. Accardi had not been behind the wheel of a race car for eight years when the two began talking. Accardi did, however, have plenty of experience racing at New York tracks like Riverhead for years prior.

“I didn’t know Sal,” Schlegel said. “I was a little worried at first. But an engine builder I know in New York told me he was good.”

That put away most worries. After talking, the two agreed to work together on a race team.

There’s no commitment to a particular series for these two. They just love racing.

“I don’t care where I drive,” Accardi said. “We bounce around, and wherever we can race, we race.”

It was Schlegel who made the call to come to Bullring Bash.

“The purse is attractive,” Schlegel said. “We’re almost breaking even just by showing up to the track. That’s good for small teams like us.”

Schlegel expects the racing to be both close and action-packed, with three stages of ground-pounder action for the fans.

“Towards that second stage and third stage, you’ll see the intensity pick up for sure with all the money on the line,” he said.

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 visithttp://www.bullringbash.com. Fans can also stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @BullringBashQMC.

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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 http://www.bullringbash.com. Fans can also stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @BullringBashQMC.