The Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge will feature a unique race format during its inaugural season in 2019. All three Tour-type Modified all-star events will use a three-segment format to crown an overall event winner.
Josh Vanada, founder of the Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge, explained the format in detail to Speed51.com on Friday afternoon.
Each of the three races – two at White Mountain Motorsports Park (NH) and one at Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl (VT) – will consist of 125 laps. The first two segments will be 50 laps in distance, setting up a final 25-lap sprint to the finish in the third segment.
The lineup for the first segment of each race will be determined by qualifying races and a last chance qualifier. A re-draw determined by the fans will be used to set the starting lineup prior to the green flag.
Following the completion of the first segment, all lead lap cars will be inverted for the second segment. A minimum lap time, which will be determined by race officials prior to the race, will be required to be eligible for the invert.
The lineup for the final 25-lap sprint will be determined by fastest lap times recorded in the first 50-lap segment. Once again, drivers must be on the lead lap and meet minimum lap time to keep their scheduled starting position.
Points will be awarded on a reverse scale for each segment, with the segment winner receiving one point, the 10th-place finisher receiving 10 points, etc.
At the end of the night, all points will be added and the driver with lowest point total will be crowned the winner of the race. Bullring Bash officials will pay the purse based on the overall results; however, bonus programs are expected to be announced soon.
This unique format is something that Vanada created and found success with while working as the general manager at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (CT).
“I think what it does for sure is that it creates an atmosphere in which people need to fight for positions,” Vanada told Speed51.com. “It’s entertaining from the fan’s standpoint. There’s racing throughout the race because you need good finishes in each of the three segments.
“The other thing that it does is that it makes people race smart because if you want to make an aggressive move halfway through the second segment and you wreck your day, you’re wrecking the whole payout because you’re going to get last place finishing points in that segment and the final segment as well. We’ve had great reviews using this format in the past.”
Analyzing the racing landscape, Vanada believes that more and more events are trending towards using unique formats.
“We’ve seen at a national level and a local level that the days of straight 100-plus lap racing, unless it’s a prestigious race like the Oxford 250 or Snowball Derby, the days of those long races are getting fewer and fewer,” he stated. “Fans don’t have the attention span for something like that. I think that we have a cool formula for success.
“Thunder Road and White Mountain have great track records of being really racy places, so I think these are two perfect places to do something like this.”
In addition to the unique race format, tire allotment will make strategy a key component of each race.
Bonus programs will also be aligned to make strategy and solid finishes throughout something that every driver wants to achieve.
Several top Modified teams have already committed to competing in the Bullring Bash events. Confirmed participants, as well as purse information for the three events, will be announced in the coming weeks.
The Legends portion of the Bullring Bash will feature 35 laps of straight-up racing at each event.
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
-Story by: Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51