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Melissa Bullen Ready to Embark on Peterborough Season with New Car

Throughout the off-season discussion, Peterborough Speedway’s contingent of Mini Stock drivers have been discussed as some of the competitors to watch in 2019. Melissa Bullen was one of the names brought up during that conversation.

“Entering the season I am beyond excited,” she told SHORT TRACK MUSINGS. “Our 2018 season was a beginner of success and I believe we have everything in our hands that’s needed for an even more successful year.”

Bullen will enter her second year racing at Peterborough Speedway behind the wheel of a new car, as the Bullen Racing team purchased a past championship mustang from another team.

“I must say I was sad to let my car go after just having it one year,” she admitted. “But when we agreed on purchasing the new car (to us) which is a past championship car, my excitement was unreal. We built our cars off this car so my expectations aren’t too different then before.”

Entering the season, she says the team is focused on having fun, while finishing each and every race from opening night until the end.

“I have set some high expectations for myself entering the 2019 race season due to my results and success in last year’s debut year at Peterborough Speedway,” she added. “I am entering this year with a goal of heat & feature wins and top-five finishes! Last year was a learning year and I wasn’t that off; this year, I wanna make it our year.”

Bullen had a solid campaign in 2018, placing ninth in the year-end standings.

“The biggest thing I learnt was the track itself,” she commented. “The lines you can run and the turns. Like I said previously, last year was a learning year so I went out each and every night & came home learning news things; it never stopped!”

While her expectations are high for success, she also knows the competition will be stiff as several Peterborough Speedway drivers have come up during discussions, including Nolan Gould, James Townsend, Kevin Strutt, among others.

“It’s unreal,” Bullen said of the competition. “We have a handful of drivers that can win on any given night which makes it great for the fans. It’s not the same car winning every night which makes the point battle interesting & everyone on edge which I love.”

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