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Bullring Bash drivers and teams prepping for Thunder in the Mountains 100

The Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge presented by RaceChoice is closing in fast on its first-ever event, the Thunder in the Mountains 100 at White Mountain Motorsports Park. With around 20 cars in both the Modifieds and MSD Legends divisions expected for Saturday’s event, both drivers and owners are growing more and more excited about Saturday’s event.

Sam Kramer, the owner of Richard Savary’s No. 99 Modified, said the race was a good option for their team.

“We’ve been looking for some shots to race,” Kramer said. “We pick and choose where we go. We’re not looking to run a full series… It just fit perfectly into our schedule.”

There’s also a slate of Modified competitors ready to race, including Whelen Modified Tour winner Woody Pitkat and Modified Racing Series points leader Mike Willis.

”Definitely nice to get all the big-name guys coming at you,” Willis said. “You’ve got this guy who won this and this guy who won that. It definitely revs up the show a lot.”

Kramer was one to agree.

“You want to race against the best in New England,” he said.

For many drivers, this will be their first trip to race White Mountain Motorsports Park, which makes the race a wild-card of sorts.

“I’ve only been there to spot and crew before,” Willis said. “I think it’s awesome that everyone will be in the same place because you’re not going to somebody’s home track, so everybody’s gotta learn the groove.”

Saturday will be the first time Anthony Nocella goes to WMMP at all.

”I’ve never even seen the track,” he said. “I like going to new places. It’s something different. I’ve heard from a lot of people that its a real fun track, a fast track, and that it’s fun to race on.”

Bullring Bash founder Josh Vanada remains excited for the green flag to drop on the inaugural Bullring Bash event.

“I know it’s been a long wait for fans in the Northeast, but the time is finally here,” Vanada said. “I can’t wait for the racing to get started on Saturday!”

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: 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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