Story By: CHRIS LEONE / BULLRING BASH – ATTLEBORO, MA – The inaugural Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge event at N. Woodstock, NH’s White Mountain Motorsports Park (WMMP) on Sunday, June 16 now has another added incentive for Tour-type Modified racers around the region.
Bullring Bash and Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) officials announced today that the Battle of the Banks 125 will be an automatic qualifier for the $10,000-to-win Open Wheel Wednesday 100 at Massachusetts’ Seekonk Speedway on Wednesday, June 26. The overall winner of the three-segment Bullring Bash Modified event at WMMP will be eligible for a provisional starting spot at Seekonk should they make a competitive attempt to qualify.
“The partners of Tri-Track are trying to bring back the spirit of cooperation between race series,” TTOMS managing partner Ed Bennett said. “Josh (Vanada) and I both want to get involved in trying to have similar events, rules, and things like that. An automatic qualifier adds some goodwill and lets us meet some different people, and by helping Josh out with this new series, we think it could at least attract a couple extra cars to his first race.”
“Ed is a great asset to Tri-Track,” Bullring Bash founder Josh Vanada added. “He and I share a passion for high-quality Modified events. I’m grateful that they are partnering with us to offer a guaranteed starting position for one of the region’s premier Modified events. We look forward to working with Ed to continue to offer competitors some of the best Modified events in our area.”
An Open Wheel Wednesday automatic qualifier bid is the latest addition to what is shaping up as one the biggest Modified events of the summer in New England. The Battle at the Banks winner was already slated to receive a guaranteed starting spot for the $12,500-to-win Race of Champions (RoC) 250 on Saturday, September 28 should they attempt to qualify for that event. Both auto-qualifiers come on top of at least $5,000 in purse and contingency money that will go the WMMP winner. By parlaying that victory into wins at the Tri-Track and RoC events, a driver could add at least $27,500 to their bank account this summer.
The partnership also pairs the Bullring Bash with one of the more popular racing series and events in New England. Founded in 2014, the Tri-Track Open Modified Series has since grown beyond its three-event roots. Open Wheel Wednesday, which also includes the NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites, is part of a six-event 2019 schedule at tracks throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. As an open series, Tri-Track allows any Tour-type Modified team to race provided their car is legal for another series or sanctioning body such as the Bullring Bash.
“It’s really just about the racers,” Bennett said. “Every bit of sponsorship and purse goes to the racers. No one at Tri-Track is trying to profit. It’s just a nice, fun series.”
The Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge will have additional announcements regarding registered teams, sponsors, officials, partnerships, and much more in the coming weeks.