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Woody Pitkat eager to be part of inaugural Bullring Bash campaign

As the Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge prepares to get its first season started, modified racing wheelmen are making their presence known on the entry list, putting the “star” in “all-star.”

Woody Pitkat, a two-time Valenti Modified Racing Series champion and a three-time Whelen Modified Tour race winner, is planning to run all three of the Bullring Bash races. The Connecticut native is excited to bring competitive modified racing to new tracks further north in New England.

“We’re going to be heading to some new tracks that I haven’t really ventured out at,” said Pitkat. “I always liked going to tracks I haven’t been to before and doing a little bit of traveling… It’ll probably be a little bit different of a fan aspect because we’re going somewhere we haven’t been at.”

“It’ll be nice to go out and try to grab some new fans and get some attention to some people up in that area that probably haven’t seen modifieds up at those tracks.”

It was Pitkat’s car owner Stan Mertz that encouraged Pitkat to drive in Bullring Bash in 2019.

“I didn’t know much about it at first until Stan told me about it,” Pitkat said. “The Bullring Bash, I think, grabbed his attention more than mine, and we started looking into it.”

The staff organized by Bullring Bash founder Josh Vanada was another reason Pitkat chose to throw his hat into the ring for the season.

“I’ve worked with [Josh] in the past at Thompson, and I feel like I have a pretty good relationship with him,” Pitkat said. “He did a really good job when he was at Thompson. A lot of the guys he has there, tech officials and regular officials, it looks like it’s going to be a promising thing.”

Pitkat expects that there will be many more household names that commit to Bullring Bash this summer.

“I think a lot of the people that we get, I would imagine, would be the same familiar faces we have at these other open races,” said Pitkat. “I think a majority of the people that I’ve always raced with, I’ve had a lot of respect for.”

The first race on the Bullring Bash schedule, currently slated for June 16 at White Mountain Motorsports Park, is one Pitkat has circled on his calendar. After all, there is only one inaugural race to win.

“It would be really cool,” said Pitkat on winning the first-ever Bullring Bash race. “I think that out of the box, we’ll hopefully be a contender and if not, we should be able to be consistently in the top-five.”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.

RaceChoice.com Driver Profile Series: Levesque Excited to Get Out and Travel with Bullring Bash

Attleboro, Massachusetts (April 24, 2019) — Another one of the rising youngsters in Southern New England Legend Car racing is traveling north this season. Dighton, MA’s Mason Levesque has entered the Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge, presented by RaceChoice.com and will be heading to New Hampshire and Vermont for the trio of $1,500-to-win Midstate Site Development Legends events.

The 16-year-old is entering his fourth year behind the wheel of a Legend Car and has shown steady improvement with each passing season. He now joins the Bullring Bash as part of his larger plan to move beyond the borders of Massachusetts and Connecticut.

“We really like traveling around to different tracks,” Levesque said. “We don’t like staying at one track. We like to travel around, and these are two of the tracks we wanted to race at. We wanted to run up north more this year, and the Bullring Bash fits in with that.”

In 2018, Levesque competed weekly in both the Wild n’ Wacky Wednesday Pro Legends at Connecticut’s New London-Waterford Speedbowl and the Fast Friday INEX Legends at Massachusetts’ Seekonk Speedway. He finished fourth in points at the Speedbowl and sixth overall at Seekonk. Levesque posted 21 combined top-10 finishes between the two tracks with a season-best of second at New London-Waterford on July 4.

Levesque also made a trip to N. Woodstock, NH’s White Mountain Motorsports Park (WMMP), the site of the first two Bullring Bash events, for the NELCAR Amsoil Legends Tour event on September 16. He finished 12th in that race out of a 26-car starting field and will continue to try and find more speed at both WMMP and Barre, VT’s Thunder Road Speedbowl, which hosts the third event.

“We’re probably going to attend a few practices beforehand if we can,” Leveque noted. “During practice, we’ll also try to get in contact with people and ask them about their setups and gearing. We like experiencing bigger tracks, smaller tracks – we don’t like to stick to one type of track, really.”

The young Massachusetts racer will once again be behind the wheel of his #00 Greyhound Liquors Chevy Coupe for all three Bullring Bash events this season. Levesque’s father Jason owns the car and also serves as crew chief.

“He’s really good,” Levesque said. “We’re always working on the car, always trying to get the right setup. Since we’re always going to different tracks, we’re often trying new things and adjusting the setup. He’s really big with that.”

For Levesque, the Bullring Bash is more about getting out and trying new raceways than anything else. Still, he hopes to also bring home solid results against a growing entry list of the region’s top Legend Car racers.

“We’re hoping to at least get into the top-five,” he said. “A win would be really nice, of course, but we believe we have a top-5 car. There’ll be a lot of people racing from Waterford and Seekonk, but we’re also excited to race against people we haven’t seen before.”

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.

Bullring Bash WMMP Practice Day Cancelled After Spring Sizzler Reschedule

Attleboro, Massachusetts (April 30, 2019) — The Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge, presented by RaceChoice.com has elected to cancel the White Mountain Motorsports Practice Day that was scheduled for Sunday, May 5. The decision was made after the 48th Annual NAPA Spring Sizzler at Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway was rained out and rescheduled for the same weekend.

The Stafford event includes the 200-lap Spring Sizzler for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour as well as the 40-lap SK Modified season opener. Both races typically attract many of the same Modified drivers and teams that are also interested in the Bullring Bash. In addition, the Spring Sizzler is an event that many racing teams like to attend as fans even if they’re not directly participating.

As such, rather than force teams to choose between the two, Bullring Bash is cancelling its Practice Day so those who wish to go to the Spring Sizzler can do so without a conflict. Drivers and teams who are still interested in testing at White Mountain Motorsports Park can contact Josh Vanada at (774) 226-3229 to discuss rescheduling the Practice Day or setting up a private session.

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.