Tyler County Speedway
Bullring Bonanza tickets still available
By Kevin KovacWorld of Outlaws Late Model Series
Tim McCreadie and Bub McCool already have their tickets for the inaugural Bullring Bonanza contest on May 26 at Tyler County Speedway. Rick Eckert, Chub Frank, Clint Smith and Mark Richards are among the other World of Outlaws Late Model Series personalities who plan to buy theirs this week. Care to join them?
Time is running out for fans and racers to get in on the quarter-mile oval's unique event, an extravaganza that combines music, food, camping, WoO racing and a lottery-style drawing offering over $550,000 in cash and prizes, including a $50,000 cash grand prize. Just 10,000 tickets are being sold for the Bonanza raffle, which benefits the Tyler County Fireman's Association, and Circle Track Management Group officials said the cutoff for sales is quickly approaching.
The $100 Bonanza tickets, which are still available for purchase online at www.bullringbonanza.org, by phone at (304) 771-5661 and (304) 758-4411 or at participating retailers, include all-access admission (pits and grandstands) to Saturday's WoO Jackpot 100.
All of the national tour's stars and dozens of regional and local standouts will chase a $25,000 first-place check — the third-largest winner's share on the 2012 World of Outlaws schedule — from the total purse of nearly $150,000 posted for the inaugural event. Just starting the main event will be worth a cool $2,000.
"All systems are go and the excitement is building for the Bullring Bonanza," said Tyler County Speedway co-promoter Daniel Patterson. "This is something that's never been done before at a dirt track so it's really gotten everybody talking. We're looking forward to a real fun weekend that will be topped off by some great World of Outlaws racing on on the Bullring.”
The Bonanza officially kicks off May 25, with a full day of activities on the fairgrounds, including a swap meet, cornhole tournament, early-bird raffle drawings and a concert featuring country-music star Craig Morgan and the Davisson Brothers Band. A Bonanza ticket is also good for admission to the concert.
While WoO teams will miss Friday's concert because the tour will be in action at Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio, the post-concert Pit Party might still be bouncing along to a D.J.'s beats when the World of Outlaws haulers pull onto the Tyler County grounds sometime in the early-morning hours on Saturday.
The WoO competitors holding Bonanza tickets will then stay busy on May 26, preparing their cars in the pit area and visiting the big Bonanza tent throughout the day to chow down at the huge Quinet's Famous Catering buffet (included with ticket purchase) and monitor the prize drawing.
The buffet and Bonanza raffle will begin at 11 a.m. and continue through 5 p.m. Numbers will be drawn from a bingo-style machine every five minutes to determine winners of the prizes, which include brand-new Ford and Chevrolet cars and trucks; several Harley-Davidson motorcycles; ATVs; travel trailers; campers; new race cars; trips to locales such as Cancun, Las Vegas, Nashville and DisneyWorld; Cabela's shopping sprees; and cash awards ranging from $500 to the $50,000 megaaward that closes the proceedings.
Winners need not be present to win, and each ticket is eligible to win more than once. Ticket-holders, who must be at least 18 years of age, will also have opportunities to win a number of side raffles that will take place throughout the day.
A full list of prizes can be viewed on-line at the event's website, bullringbonanza.org.
Gates to the speedway are scheduled to open at 5 p.m. Saturday just as the $50,000 grand prize is given away. Hot laps are set for 7 p.m., followed by time trials, heat races, consolation races and the Jackpot 100. Also on the agenda is the Let It Ride 55 for the Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour.
For Jackpot 100 attendees who opt to not purchase a Bonanza ticket, general admission is $35 and pit passes will be $60. Children 10-and-under will be admitted free.
Fans can reserve a seat for the Jackpot 100 program in the top four rows of the bleachers for an additional $5 by calling (304) 771-5661.
The Bonanza drawing will be held rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, Circle Track Management officials will discuss a rain date with WoO personnel.