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Speedway unveils Memorial weekend plans

By Staff | Jan 11, 2012

Tyler County Speedway already hosts the ‘Black Diamond 125,’ a Labor Day weekend World of Outlaws Late Model Series spectacular that’s become known as the “coolest crown jewel on the planet.”

This year the quarter-mile Mountaineer State oval will add another blockbuster to its schedule, unveiling the Memorial Day weekend ‘Bullring Bonanza’ that promises to be the most unique event dirt-track racing has ever seen.

A collaborative effort between the Tyler County Fireman’s Association and the Circle Track Management group that promotes Tyler County Speedway, the ‘Bullring Bonanza’ is a two-day fundraising event on May 25-26 that features the $150,000-plus WoO LMS ‘Jackpot 100’ and a raffle offering over a half-million dollars in cash and prizes.

While the $25,000-to-win/$2,000-to-start ‘Jackpot 100’ for the nationally-renowned World of Outlaws tour on Sat., May 26, stands as the primary on-track attraction of the weekend, it’s the amazing array of additional entertainment and fan enticements that sets the ‘Bullring Bonanza’ apart.

The weekend will include live music, lots of great food, camping in the hills of West Virginia and, of course, the Saturday mega-raffle during which purchasers of $100 ‘Bullring Bonanza’ tickets will have a chance to win a long list of valuable prizes.

A $50,000 cash grand prize tops the raffle, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in conjunction with a ticket-holder buffet administered by Quinet’s famous catering. Only 10,000 ‘Bullring Bonanza’ raffle tickets will be sold, and all proceeds will benefit Tyler County fire departments and Tyler County Speedway upgrades.

“We are very excited about this unique event,” said Circle Track Management’s Frank Wilson.

“The concept is based around a fundraising raffle featuring a tremendous country music lineup on Friday night (May 25) and six hours of non-stop prize drawings on Saturday afternoon that will send fans home with new cars, trucks, campers, Harleys, lots of cash and other great prizes.

Throw in an all-you-can-eat buffet from Quinet’s famous catering and a Saturday-night racing program that includes the $25,000-to-win World of Outlaws Late Model Series ‘Jackpot 100’ and the $5,000-to-win ‘Let It Ride 55’ for the TSMA Renegades of Dirt Modifieds Tour, and how could the weekend get any better?

“This could be the can’t-miss show of the year all for one ticket price of $100, and with all proceeds going to benefit the Tyler County Fireman’s Association and Tyler County Speedway improvements. It’s a win/win for race fans, the firemen of Tyler County and the speedway.

“Between this season’s historic ‘Bullring Bonanza’ and the coolest crown jewel on the planet the ‘Black Diamond 125’ on Sept. 1 we feel the ‘Bullring’ continues to grow among the nation’s elite speedways,” concluded Wilson.

Each $100 ticket for the one-of-a-kind ‘Bullring Bonanza’ experience is an all-access pass to the weekend, which officially kicks off on Fri., May 25, with a full day of fun at the Tyler County Fairgrounds vendors, prize displays, swap meets, concessions, cornhole tournaments and much more. An evening of country music entertainment featuring several nationally-known recording artists (still to be announced) will begin on stage at 6 o’clock, and those who purchase tickets by March 30 will be eligible for two $1,000 ‘Early Bird’ raffle drawings during Friday’s festivities.

The prize drawing portion of the ‘Bonanza’ weekend will take place as part of the ‘Jackpot 100’ pre-race festivities on Sat., May 26, beginning at 11 a.m. and running through 5 p.m. Over $550,000 in cash and prizes will be given away, including brand-new cars and trucks; several Harley-Davidson motorcycles; ATVs; travel trailers; 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 $50,000.

Winning tickets will be drawn every five minutes during the six-hour ‘Bonanza’ raffle and buffet. Winners need not be present to win, and each ticket is eligible to win more than once.

A full list of prizes can be seen below in the ‘Bullring Bonanza Frequently Asked Questions’ section and on-line at the event’s dedicated Web site, www. Bullring Bonanza.org.

The weekend will be capped by a full racing program on Saturday night, including time trials, heats, B-Mains and the ‘Jackpot 100’ for the WoO LMS and a complete show for the TSMA Renegades of Dirt Modifieds Tour. Gates to the speedway are scheduled to open at 5:30 p.m. and hot laps are set to begin at 7 p.m.

For the racers, a cash award of $200 will be paid to each of the 10 teams ($2,000) total that travel the most miles to compete in the ‘Jackpot 100’ event.

‘Bullring Bonanza’ ticket buyers, who must be at least 18 years of age, are entitled to one guest ticket per concert, Bonanza (not eligible for prizes) and race at $35 each. Children 10-and-under will be admitted free to the Friday-night Concert and the ‘Jackpot 100’ race.

To purchase ‘Bullring Bonanza’ tickets, download flyers and order forms or obtain more details about the event, visit www.BullringBonanza.org; e-mail bullring bonanza @gmail.com; call 304-771-5661 or 304-758-4411; or write Bullring Bonanza, P.O. Box 107, Middlebourne, WV, 26149.

Fans can also follow the ‘Bullring Bonanza’ on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date with all the latest news and announcements regarding the 2012 Bonanza.

Tyler County Fairgrounds/Speedway is located on State Route 18, three miles south of Middlebourne, W.Va., and just an hour from Parkersburg, WV; Wheeling, WV and Clarksburg, WV.

For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com; also follow the WoO LMS on Twitter at Twitter .com/WoOLateModels and Facebook at Face book. com/WorldofOutlaws.