Bullring Bash Track Services Team: Grassroots Events, National Standards

(Press release from The Bullring Bash) 

When it comes to motorsports of all types, a safe event is a successful event.

That’s why the Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge has assembled a Track Services crew comprised of some of the most experienced safety personnel in New England to implement safety protocols that match up with the highest levels of racing in the United States.

The Bullring Bash Track Services team is led by director Sean Strohman, who previously served as Track Services Director at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park starting in 2016. Strohman is joined by Andy Biron and Rick Shepard, who will serve as Track Services Liaisons and Field Service Investigators, and paramedic Josh Kusek, to keep competitors safe during the promotion’s inaugural 2019 season. Each member brings a wealth of experience to the organization, and members have worked a number of events across America up to Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.

“With the Bullring Bash, we wanted to assemble a Track Services team that was second to none in motorsports,” said Bullring Bash founder Josh Vanada. “I’ve worked with every member of our team before, and I know that they all bring valuable insight to our events and venues that will help us set a new standard for safety in grassroots racing.”

“From a grassroots perspective, we’re taking more of a professional look at track services,” Strohman explains. “We’re taking things from a senior level, like the Cup tour, and using what they’ve already established in initiatives and trying to implement them at a grassroots level. For instance, our EAP (emergency action plan)—that’s not something that anyone around here has ever done, as far as being prepared for all contingencies at an event, from an active shooter to weather protocols. It’s really just taking what the national series do and implementing it at a different level—we’re not rewriting any rules, we’re just taking what’s already out there and established and trying to implement it at a different venue.”

As with most of the Bullring Bash team, Strohman, Shepard, and Biron have worked together for a number of years, making the transition to brand new events that much easier.

“I’ve known Shep and Sippy now for about five or six years, and I knew of them before working at Thompson,” Strohman says. “Over those years, we’ve learned how to lift each other up, we know when each other is ticked off, and we keep track of each other so nothing ever goes too badly. That’s the advantage of being friends—we’ve eaten together, we’ve partied together, we’ve gone to events together. It’s nice to know whenever something happens that the team’s got your back, and I’ve never felt that more than with these guys, and with Josh as well.”

“We understand what makes each other tick,” adds Biron. “We can understand when one of our staff is having a bad day, pick up on that, and support them. If they’re struggling, we know who the strong and weak parts are to help them in their specialty. It’s just a cohesive unit, and it’s cool that we’ve worked together for six years and figured each other out.”

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