Story By: CHRIS LEONE / BULLRING BASH – ATTLEBORO, MA – Driver Jacob Dore and owner Steve Perry will team up to race on behalf of the Hometown Foundation and Maine Special Olympics in 2019.
As part of the Dream Ride Experience program, Dore, the two-time Star Speedway Modified track champion, will make his return to the class for the first time since 2013 in the Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge season opener at White Mountain Motorsports Park on June 16.
“We’re going to do our best, have a lot of fun doing it, and raise some money for charity,” said driver Jacob Dore. “I’ve had some good history at White Mountain before, and some good history in a Modified, so we’ll see if we can mix the two together. Everything that we’re doing as a race team this year is a fundraiser for the Hometown Foundation and the Dream Ride. Steve came to me with the opportunity to run his Modified and do a year where we just fundraise for them, and everything we earn will go directly to charity.”
“I’ve always admired the Modifieds, and I’ve always had a friendship with Jacob,” said car owner Steve Perry. “I just felt like the opportunity presented itself with him this year with the fact that I owned a Modified, and we’ve turned it into the Dream Ride racing program to try and bring awareness to the Hometown Foundation and Special Olympics. We’re purely going to use it as a fundraising opportunity, which is something that I don’t think has ever been done in motorsports.”
“It’s amazing to have both Jacob and Steve involved in the Bullring Bash, especially with such an important charitable effort as the Dream Ride program,” said Bullring Bash founder Josh Vanada. “Having great race teams helps us put on an incredible show, but the importance of their charitable efforts extends far beyond the racetrack. We’re excited to welcome them to our entry list in 2019, and look forward to watching their work to benefit the Hometown Foundation.”
The Dream Ride racing effort combines the efforts of JRD Racing and Mainely Motorsports to benefit the Hometown Foundation and its support of the Maine Special Olympics. The venture is privately funded, allowing all sponsorship money and race winnings to be donated directly to the Hometown Foundation to provide to the Maine Special Olympics.
Among other accolades, Dore is a multiple race winner in the Granite State Pro Stock Series, including a victory at White Mountain in 2016. Perry is a longtime car owner and promoter of short track racing whose Mainely Motorsports TV show and Northeast Motorsports Expo are pillars of the New England Racing community. With that in mind, both are excited to hit the track in June, both for the White Mountain facility and the opportunity to be part of the inaugural Bullring Bash event.
“I’m probably the most excited about going to White Mountain in a Modified,” said Dore. “I think it’s going to be a pretty interesting event there—I think the track has a lot of characteristics that are going to be fun to drive in a Modified. I’ve raced there twice, and the first time we ever raced there, we won, so it’s treated me well. It doesn’t really compare to anywhere else, because it’s totally different, but it’s fun to drive!”
“It’s huge, because anytime something that’s not the norm happens, people get behind it,” added Perry. “Fans that may never go to another event like this again will always go to the first one, the car count is highest at the first one, and every racing promotion always has a big first event. White Mountain is a beautiful facility with a great ownership group led by Cris Michaud, and Josh Vanada is one of the most professional short track leaders that I’ve ever met. It’s going to be a very professionally run, well thought-out, and well put-together event, and I’m just looking forward to being involved.”