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Bullring Bash to Debut 3-Event Slate of Modified and Legends Events in 2019

Attleboro, MA (December 12, 2018) — Modified racing will return to White Mountain Motorsports Park (WMMP) and Thunder Road Speedbowl in 2019 with the inaugural Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge. The promotion includes three brand new events that will feature many of the top Modified and Legends Cars drivers and teams in New England.

The Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge brings Modified and Legends Cars racing back to an area of northern New England that has been asking for its return. The events will feature some of the highest paying purses and most unique racing formats in modern grassroots motorsports.

The first Bullring Bash event will take place on Sunday, June 16 at WMMP. It will be joined by previously announced events at WMMP on August 10, and Thunder Road Speedbowl on September 14.

“With the Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge, we’re looking to take the promotion of Modified and Legends racing in New England to the next level,” said Bullring Bash founder Josh Vanada, a veteran of multiple national and regional motorsports promotions. “We’ve assembled a team of the most talented personnel available in order to put on three incredible events in 2019, and we’ll be racing at two of the most exciting facilities in New England in White Mountain Motorsports Park and Thunder Road Speedbowl. The stakes are high, and the intensity on-track will be even higher.” “We’re looking forward to hosting the Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge at Thunder Road and WMMP,” said Cris Michaud, the co-owner of both tracks.

“It’s been a long time since Modifieds have raced at either facility, and a number of fans have told the various track management teams over the years that they hoped we would bring them back. We think the Bullring Bash is the right opportunity for us to do so.”

The three-event Bullring Bash calendar for the 2019 season is as follows:

•June 16, 2019: White Mountain Motorsports Park, North Woodstock, NH•August 10, 2019: White Mountain Motorsports Park, North Woodstock, NH•September 14, 2019: Thunder Road Speedbowl, Barre, VT

Further announcements regarding the inaugural Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge, including event distances, rules and regulations, sponsorships, and confirmed Modified and Legends Cars participants, will be made over the coming weeks and months leading up to the inaugural event.

To keep up with the Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge, teams and fans can visit http://www.bullringbash.com. Fans can also stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @BullringBashQMC.

Nick Sweet prevails in Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model thriller at Thunder Road

Barre, Vermont – Hometown stock car racer Nick Sweet nailed down his first Super Late Model race win on Friday night, holding off Quebec competitor and fellow former Milk Bowl winner Patrick Laperle in an outstanding 150-lap Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model main event, highlighting Northfield Savings Bank Night Before The Milk Bowl action at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, Vermont.

Sweet, a two-time track champion at the high-banked, ¼-mile oval, spent the opening portion of the race chasing Jeremy Davis of Tamworth, New Hampshire.  Sweet claimed the race lead on the 36th circuit, setting the pace until current PASS North Super Late Model points leader DJ Shaw of Center Conway, New Hampshire took control with 50 laps remaining.

Laperle, always at his best when the ante rises on the racetrack, moved in and battled Shaw, swapping the lead as Sweet regrouped for his final charge.  A late restart allowed Sweet to move by Shaw and back into contention, and after racing just about side by side for the final 20 laps Sweet got to the finish line just ahead of Laperle with Shaw, the reigning PASS North Super Late Model champion, third across the stripe.

Bobby Therien of Hineburg, Vermont bounced back from adversity and multiple pit stops to finish in fourth position.  Likewise, Derek Griffith was fast but didn’t see the breaks go his way, and the Hudson, New Hampshire competitor ended up in fifth spot.

Derek Ramstrom of Worcester, Massachusetts just missed out on a top-five run after racing with the leaders throughout the 150-lapper.   Garrett Hall of Scarborough, Maine was seventh, with early race leader Davis eighth, bouncing back after spinning off a lapped car while running in second position.

Travis Benjamin of Belfast, Maine lost a bit of ground in his championship battle versus Shaw, posting a ninth-place finish.  Newly-crowned Oxford Plains Speedway Super Late Model champion Gabe Brown of Center Conway, New Hampshire rounded out the top ten.

The next Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Model event is scheduled for Saturday, October 13 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine.  Post time is 2:00 p.m.  For more information please visit proallstarsseries.com or call (207) 539-8865.

Results from the September 28 Northfield Savings Bank Night Before The Milk Bowl Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Model 150 at Thunder Road International Speedbowl, Barre, Vermont, showing finishing position, car number, driver’s name, driver’s hometown:

Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Model (150 laps) 1 40 Nick Sweet, Barre, VT; 2 91 Patrick Laperle, St. Denis, QC; 3 60 DJ Shaw, Center Conway, NH; 4 5 Bobby Therrien, Hinesburg, VT; 5 12 Derek Griffith, Hudson, NH; 6 35 Derek Ramstrom, Worcester, MA; 7 94 Garrett Hall, Scarborough, ME; 8 09 Jeremy Davis, Tamworth, NH; 9 7 Travis Benjamin, Belfast, ME; 10 47 Gabe Brown, Center Conway, NH; 11 37 Scott Payea, Milton, VT; 12 97 Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., Hudson, NH; 13 4 Ben Rowe, Turner, ME; 14 8 Calvin Rose, Jr., Turner, ME; 15 24 JP Josaisse, Ennismore, ON; 16 24 Scott MacMichael, New London, NH; 17 27 Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Dover, NH; 18 66 Jason Corliss, Barre, VT; 19 42 Matt White, Northfield, VT; 20 7 Glen Luce, Turner, ME; 21 1 Evan Hallstrom, Northfield, VT; 22 4 Brad Babb, Windham, ME; DNS 43 Devin O’Connell, Madison, CT.

Thunder Road score is first this season for defending PASS North Super Late Model champion DJ Shaw

re, VT – DJ Shaw of Center Conway, New Hampshire nailed down his first Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Model victory of the season down in dominant fashion, leading all but two laps in Sunday’s Mekkelsen Memorial Day Classic at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, Vermont.

Shaw, the defending PASS North Super Late Model champion, won his heat race while turning in a lap of 11.571-seconds, unofficially the fastest lap recorded in competition at the newly-paved, 57-year-old, ¼-mile oval track.  Shaw’s Precision JLM 60 was also quickest in the main event, a couple of tenths off his heat race at the track temperatures rose.

Barre’s own Nick Sweet, a two-time Late Model ‘King of The Road’ at ‘The Nation’s Site of Excitement,’ provided Shaw’s best challenge, even leading a couple of laps racing side-by-side with Shaw from the outside groove.  Sweet’s race ended early with a trip into the Styrofoam-protected barrier off turns three and four.

Tracy Gordon of Strong, Maine, who raced for several seasons on the former ACT Pro Stock touring series over 20 years ago, returned to one of his favorite tracks in impressive fashion, earning runner-up honors.

Patrick Laperle of St. Denis, Quebec, a three-time winner of the annual Milk Bowl – Thunder Road’s signature event – charged back from an early spin to claim a third-place finish that certainly met with approval from the crowd.

Travis Benjamin of Morrill, Maine battled eventual winner Shaw for the lead in the early laps and crossed the finish line in fourth position.  Reigning PASS Super Late Model National Champion Ben Rowe of Turner, Maine rebounded from a seeming plethora of pit stops to earn a fifth-place finish.

Like Rowe, sixth-place finisher Todd Stone of Middlebury, Vermont spent a lot of time on pit road.   Devin O’Connell of Madison, Connecticut ended up in seventh position, followed by six-time PASS North SLM Champ Johnny Clark of Farmingdale, Maine.  Angelo Belsito of Auburn, Massachusetts and Turner, Maine’s Glen Luce rounded out the top ten.

The next Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Model event is set for Saturday, June 3 at Speedway 660 in Geary, New Brunswick, Canada.  For more information visit proallstarsseries.com or call (207) 539-8865.

Results from the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model race at Thunder Road International Speedbowl; Barre, Vermont; Sunday, May 28, 2017

Showing finishing position, car number, driver’s name, driver’s hometown: 1 60 DJ Shaw, Center Conway, NH; 2 41, Tracy Gordon, Strong, ME; 3 91 Patrick Laperle, St. Denis, QC; 4 7 Travis Benjamin, Morrill, ME; 5 4 Ben Rowe, Turner, ME; 6 1x Todd Stone, Middlebury, VT; 7 43 Devin O’Connell, Madison, CT; 8 54 Johnny Clark, Farmingdale, ME; 9 8 Angelo Belsito, Auburn, MA; 10 7 Glen Luce, Turner, ME; 11 23 Dave Farrington, Jr., Jay, ME; 12 5x Bobby Therrien, Hinesburg, VT; 13 35 Derek Ramstrom, West Boylston, MA; 14 1 Jeremy Davis, Tamworth, NH; 15 40 Nick Sweet, Barre, VT; 16 12 Derek Griffith, Hudson, NH; 17 63 John Salemi, Nashua, NH; 18 16 Travis Stearns, Auburn, ME.