Story By: BULLRING BASH – ATTLEBORO, MA – The inaugural season of the Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge will now have even more on the line for Modified teams in the region. Bullring Bash and Race of Champions (RoC) officials announced today that all 2019 Bullring Bash Modified events will be automatic qualifiers for the 69th annual Race of Champions 250 on Saturday, September 28.
The overall winner of each of the three-segment, 125-lap Modified races on the Bullring Bash schedule will receive a guaranteed starting spot should they attempt to qualify for the RoC event at North East, PA’s Lake Erie Speedway. With $12,500 guaranteed to the winner and a minimum of $1,000 to start, the event is one of the richest in asphalt modified racing. As such, drivers who carry the checkered flag in a Bullring Bash event will get a chance at both a career-defining win and a huge payday.
“(Bullring Bash founder) Josh Vanada and I created a dialogue that brought some unique opportunities to the table,” Race of Champions owner Joe Skotnicki said. “We thought it would provide a unique opportunity to show Modified racers that even the newest Modified series in the Northeast has a place with the oldest tradition in Modified racing. We are looking forward to creating a positive working relationship with Josh and his folks as we continue move the sport of Modified racing forward.”
Northeast Modified drivers will have three chances to earn an automatic starting spot in the RoC 250 by winning a Bulling Bash event. The first two events will be at N. Woodstock, NH’s White Mountain Motorsports Park on Sunday, June 16 and Saturday, August 10. The finale is scheduled for Sunday, September 1 at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road Speedbowl.
The automatic qualifiers will also receive a significant payday from the Bullring Bash itself. The opener pays $4,500 to win plus contingency bonuses while the second and third events have a guaranteed $3,500 winner’s purse. This means a Bullring Bash qualifier who goes on to win the RoC 250 will receive a minimum of $16,000 in total purse money and potentially much more.
The Race of Champions weekend is one of the most prestigious events in in short-track racing. First held in 1951 as the Langhorne National Open, it is the second-longest consecutively held auto racing event in North America, behind only the Indianapolis 500. Each Bullring Bash winner will have a chance to add their name to a list of ROC winners that includes Frankie Schneider, Ray Hendrick, Richie Evans, Maynard Troyer, Mike Stefanik, Matt Hirschman, and other Modified legends.
This year’s event will once again be the finale for the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series. The sanctioning body of the same name hold events throughout New York, Pennsylvania, and Ontario.