Story By: CHRIS LEONE / BULLRING BASH – ATTLEBORO, MA – Raymond, ME’s Kevin Oliver is the latest Legend Car racer to enter his team into the inaugural Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge.
The accomplished Maine racer will pilot his Oliver Family Racing #28 Ford Coupe in the Bullring Bash MSD Legends events at North Woodstock, NH’s White Mountain Motorsports Park (WMMP) and Barre, VT’s Thunder Road Speedbowl and is already brimming with anticipation for the trio of $1,500-to-win events.
“I went to the Milk Bowl at Thunder Road back in 2012, and it was the first and only time I’ve been to Thunder Road,” Oliver said. “I just loved the track. It created a ton of excitement, and the prospect of racing on that same surface in a Legend Car just seems like a lot of fun. It’s likewise with White Mountain. I first went there two years ago, and the high banks make it a racer’s type of track. You can really drive it in there deep and manhandle a car, and it’s just a lot of fun. So when I saw we were going to have a chance to run at both of those tracks in a mini-series, I had to be there!”
The second-generation driver spent much of his early racing career in the Sport Trucks at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway. He scored nine career wins in the Sport Trucks at Oxford, including six in 2009 as part of the Oxford Acceleration Series. Oliver was also the 2010 Rookie of the Year in the Sport Series at Scarborough, ME’s Beech Ridge Motor Speedway.
He then joined the INEX Legend Car ranks in 2015. Despite a limited budget, Oliver quickly became a contender. He scored his first Legends win at Oxford in May 2017 en route to a third-place result in the final points.
Oliver has also scored top-10 finishes at both WMMP and Maine’s Wiscasset Speedway in appearances with the NELCAR AMSOIL Legends Tour. He enters the Bullring Bash knowing he will be going up against high-level competition but still hopes to make a splash in the three all-star events.
“I’m a low-budget part-timer for the most part,” Oliver said. I only ran two races last year, and one of them was White Mountain – that’s a must race for me year-to-year. Because of that, I don’t go into it expecting to go win. There’s guys out there that race a lot more than I do, and they’re very talented. If I could come out with a top-10 racing against some of the best Legend Car guys in the region, that would be really exciting.”
While Oliver knows he has a tough path ahead on the track, he is still appreciative of the opportunity the Bullring Bash is providing. For drivers like him who don’t have the time and resources to run a full-fledged tour or weekly series, the Bullring Bash is where they can race a few times a year while still being part of something bigger.
“I think (the Bullring Bash) is a great idea,” he declared. “It lets somebody like myself say, ‘well, I’m not going to go run 30 races this year or the NELCAR Tour or something like that. But here’s a chance where I can just race these three races at fun tracks and be part of a mini-battle.’ It welcomes the guys that are more in my shoes, the part-time guys, to get more involved.”
“I’m just really excited to compete at both of these tracks,” he concluded. “At White Mountain, I’ve gone from a mid-pack guy to someone that can really run up front and challenge the top drivers. I have no other way to say it than that it’s a racer’s track. It just promotes hard, aggressive driving, and it’s a lot of fun. I’m excited to compete, and I hope we have some good fields to put on some good racing.”