Bullrun (TV series)
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Bullrun is an American reality television series based on the trans-American Bullrun road rally of the same name. The televised version has 12 teams compete in a 4,000-mile (6,400 km) 18-day road rally to win the grand prize of US$200,000. Bullrun uses a modified 12-car rally format.
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||21|
|Executive producer(s)||Pancho Mansfield|
|Camera setup||Multi camera|
|Picture format||1080p (HDTV)|
|Original release||March 13, 2007 –|
February 12, 2010
Each day of competition contained three distinct stages - Leg 1, Heads-Up Challenge, Leg 2.
Each team begins the day by choosing whether to follow "My Way" or "The Highway" (both of these terms explained below under "Routes"). In the first leg, the teams must reach a checkpoint in the fastest time. However, if a team is caught speeding, that team receives a five-minute penalty.
After all the teams complete the first leg of the race, the teams with the fastest times choose a lower pair of teams to compete heads-up in a challenge, in which the winning team will gain the faster time of the first leg between the two.
Finally, the teams compete in a way similar to the first leg, but a time bonus may be added midway on the routes, depending on the length of the second leg.
After all the teams complete leg two, the times for both legs (including time bonuses and speeding penalties) are combined. The team with the longest time to complete both legs is then returned the keys to their vehicle, in which they must immediately leave.
Before races begin, the teams have two options on how to get to their destination: "My Way" or "The Highway". "The Highway" is the route the producers of the show have chosen for the day's race. It is generally easier, but may take longer to complete. The second option is "My Way". The only rule of these two options is that once a team chooses "My Way or The Highway", it must stick to it until the end of the second leg of the day.
Example: If a team chooses "The Highway" for leg 1, they would have to select "The Highway" for leg 2 as well. Those that choose "My Way" must avoid "The Highway" route.
On Days 5 and 6, all routes were "My Way" due to short legs.
- No GPS or Satellite Navigation systems can be used.
- No cell phones.
- No laptop computers.
- No radio or CD player.
- Speeding will lead to severe penalties, such as a time penalty. An arrest will lead to immediate disqualification.
- At the start of each day, cars may only leave when instructed to do so.
- Cars must start and finish each day under their own power, or the power of their drivers.
- Cars finishing outside the maximum time allowed for each leg will get picked up by the ‘reaper’ and towed – leading to disqualification.
- No ditching the chase vehicles.
The races on Bullrun are competed by 12 teams composed of 2 people (driver/navigator). The teams on Bullrun are:
|Rank||Car #||Car||Drivers||From||Final Episode||Link|
|1st||09||2002 Pontiac Trans Am WS6||Mike Alsop and Morgan Alsop (father/daughter)||Lafayette, Indiana||10 (champions)|||
|2nd||11||1975 Hurst Oldsmobile W-30||Andre Cerqueira and Richard Cerqueira (brothers)||Queens, New York||10 (first runner-up)|||
|3rd||04||2004 Ford F-150 King Ranch Edition||Jason Wallace and Jake Keeton (friends)||Universal City, Texas (Jason); San Antonio, Texas (Jake)||10 (2nd runner-up)|||
|4th||01||1968 Dodge Charger R/T||Mike Musto and "Big" Jim Acierno||Queens, New York (Mike); Dunedin, Florida (Jim)||Eliminated on episode 9|||
|5th||08||2007 Lotus Exige S||Brian Newberry and Danny Klein (business partners)||Huntington Beach, California (Brian); Los Angeles, California (Danny)||Eliminated on episode 8|||
|6th||07||1996 Honda Civic LX||Rice "Dirty Rice4eveR" Yarbrough and Paris Jackson (street racers)||Oakland, California||Eliminated on episode 7|||
|7th||03||1957 Chevrolet 210||Cesar Ceja and Ralph Diaz (friends)||Los Angeles, California||Eliminated on episode 6|||
|8th||02||2001 BMW E46 M3||Jesus "J.R." Reyes and Chuck Aguilar||Chicago, Illinois||Forfeited on episode 5|||
|9th||10||2003 Lamborghini Murcielago||Jeff Marshall and John Eltringham (business partners)||Newark, California (Jeff); Woodinville, Washington (John)||Eliminated on episode 4|||
|10th||06||1965 Ford Mustang Fastback 2+2||Phillip Durant and Rich Brannon (childhood friends)||Hartford, Alabama||Eliminated on episode 3|||
|11th||12||1997 Nissan 240SX||Eric Hinckley and Jeremy Smith (brothers-in-law)||Denver, Colorado||Eliminated on episode 2|||
|12th||05||2007 Scion tC||Dimitra Dorbacopoulos and Andrea Abenoza (sisters)||Los Angeles, California||Eliminated on episode 1|||
The winning team was Team Trans Am, taking home the $200,000 grand prize ($246,600 today). The father/daughter duo of driver Morgan Alsop and her navigator dad Mike Alsop from Lafayette, Indiana pushed hard throughout the entire rally to always place near the top of the leader board. Morgan Alsop's impressive driving and Mike Alsop's ability to find the shortest route and time bonuses lead them to dominate most of the race. Mike also drove the car for a few Challenges. Morgan Alsop was the only woman in the race after Team Scion's elimination in Stage 1. They defeated Team Olds by almost 9 minutes.
- Team Scion was the first team eliminated and stormed off, angrily.
- Team Nissan was eliminated in the second episode despite being one of the quicker teams in the first episode, after breaking down in the first leg of the episode's race. Using an RB26DETT engine from a Japanese-exclusive Nissan Skyline, they were one of the few teams unable to repair their engine on-site. They were towed to both leg finish lines, which in turn led them to having the highest time and be eliminated.
- Team Mustang was eliminated in the third episode, after losing a cylinder because of a broken pushrod in the second leg. They tried to push it out on seven cylinders, but decided against doing damage to their car and eventually ending up on the wrecker.
- Team Lamborghini was eliminated in the fourth episode after they decided that they would rather not ruin the car, as the car already has an estimated $60,000 worth of damages (from a slipping clutch and from hitting a raccoon), therefore finishing the final leg on a flatbed.
- Team BMW was eliminated in the fifth episode after forfeiting their place in Bullrun to Team Honda, who originally was to be eliminated. One of Team BMW's members faced the death of a family member, and the other member chose to accompany him.
- Team Chevy was eliminated in the sixth episode after Cesar's restroom stop costs the team several minutes, as all the teams were within a few minutes of each other.
- Team Honda was eliminated in the seventh episode. They finished last in the first leg, 24 minutes behind the next place, and were unable to go up in ranks due to a failed challenge.
- Team Lotus was eliminated in the eighth episode. They sandbagged the first leg, but beat Team Olds in the challenge. Despite successfully delivering Operation Poison Arrow (which involved the aforementioned sand-bagging via winning the first leg challenge and forcing their dismal time on someone else), they got lost on the second leg and Team Olds got a 1-hour time bonus.
- Team Charger was eliminated in the ninth episode. During the challenge, the Charger stalled three times due to the high altitude and not resetting the timing on their car, losing their second place time to Team Olds who was five minutes further behind. The other teams try to negotiate with Team Olds to allow Team Charger to retry the challenge in exchange for brake fluid, but Team Olds refuses because Team Charger had put them up against the Lotus in the Challenge the day before which almost eliminated Team Olds.
- Team F-150 finished 3rd of 3 on the final episode due to inheriting Team Olds' two hours back last place time after losing in the challenge by 15 seconds.
- Team Olds lost the rally by 9 minutes to Team Trans Am.
Time bonus cardsEdit
In the second leg of a day's race, the teams are given a choice to pick up a time bonus card. If a team chooses to attain one of these cards, then they not only have to take a path longer than the highway path but risk having the other teams empty the card supply before they get there. Also, the teams do not know either the value of these cards or how many there are until they get one.
- Episode 1: 45 minutes, Team Mustang is the only team to pursue the time bonus card.
- Episode 2: 90 minutes, Team BMW follows Team Trans Am to pick one up. Team Mustang also picked one up.
- Episode 3: 60 minutes, Team Charger, Team Lamborghini, and Team Chevy each get one.
- Episode 4: No team went for a time bonus, time unknown.
- Episode 5: 45 minutes, Team Olds follows Team Lotus to pick one up. Team Trans Am picks up the last one and Team Honda is left empty-handed.
- Episode 6: No time bonus cards issued.
- Episode 7: 45 minutes, Team Trans Am and Team F-150 each get one, and Team Olds is left empty-handed.
- Episode 8: 60 minutes, Team Olds and Team Trans Am each get one.
- Episode 9: 45 minutes, Team Trans Am picks up the only one, and told Team Olds that there was only one. Not trusting Team Trans Am, Team Olds finds themselves empty-handed at the box and finishes the leg in 3rd place.
- Episode 10: There were no time bonuses. It was a straight race to the border.
Team Trans Am successfully pursued a time bonus card in 6 of the 9 episodes where a card was available. Team Olds were next, with 3 time bonus cards, but they were also unsuccessful in 2 other episodes where they choose the longer trip in pursuit of a time bonus card.
- Episode 1: Team BMW hits a large rock and damages their radiator. They seal the leak with Team Scion's help and continue their participation in Bullrun.
- Episode 2: Team Lamborghini discovers their clutch problem and finishes on a flatbed. Team Nissan stalls in the first leg and finishes on a flatbed.
- Episode 3: Team Lamborghini hits a raccoon. Team Mustang breaks a push rod, losing a cylinder on the second leg. Team Mustang finishes on a flatbed.
- Episode 4: Team BMW's engine quits after doing burnouts (believed to have been electronically turned off by the car to cool down). Team BMW is able to restart their engine and continue their participation in Bullrun. Team Lamborghini's clutch problem worsens, and they finish on a flatbed, resulting in instant elimination for not finishing a leg of Bullrun under their own power, as, unlike any other team to finish on a flatbed, they did not push the car across.
- Episode 5: Team Trans Am thinks they have lost their transmission after running over a bump. The bump causes a fluid line to be torn loose. This is quickly repaired, and they are able to return to the road.
- Episode 6: Team F-150 competes against Team Lotus in the Challenge, which is a drag race with a concrete wall at the end if the cars don't stop in time. Team F-150 chooses to crash through this wall, resulting in damage to their headlights and grille. They are able to repair the damage and continue.
- Episode 7: No car troubles.
- Episode 8: Team Charger has a gasket come loose as they begin the first leg. They tighten it down in seven minutes and are back on the road.
- Episode 9: Team Charger's engine stalls three times in the challenge. Team Olds has air in the brake lines, hindering their braking system, therefore on the second leg they choose to downshift to slow down instead. Also, they run out of gas just short of finishing the second leg, resulting in them having to push their car past the finish line.
- Episode 10: Team Olds was two hours late to the challenge after stopping at a garage to bleed the brakes. They were accused of trying Team Lotus' "Poison Arrow" bad time trick by the other teams.
Season 2 casting was held in 2007 and 2008, and the show was filmed in December 2008, with the first episode airing on Speed Channel on February 19, 2009. The series continues to be hosted by Bill Goldberg.
Rule Changes vs Season 1Edit
- With the exception of the final episode, instead of the challenge being held in the middle of the episode, the challenge is now held at the end, and three teams participate in one challenge as opposed to two head-to-head challenges. In the final episode, the challenge is held in the middle of the episode like in Season 1 and it does not determine eliminations. Instead, all three remaining teams compete for time bonuses to be deducted from their overall driving leg times for the episode, 10 minutes for 1st place, 5 minutes for 2nd, and no bonus for 3rd.
- Instead of choosing "My Way" or the "Highway", the teams choose their own routes, but must pass through a number of checkpoints en route to their destination.
- Instead of the slowest overall time in the episode being eliminated, the team that comes in last place in each challenge is eliminated.
- Instead of the top two teams picking two teams each to go into the challenge, the slowest two times are automatically entered, with a third being selected by the episode's time winner, with the exception of the 9th episode where the bottom three times are automatically entered and the final episode, where all three remaining teams are entered.
- Time bonuses and racing for opponents' times no longer exist.
- Following an incident during the challenge leg in Episode 4, it was stated that the rules would require a team that was successful in the challenge but had immediately damaged their vehicle would have to repair their vehicle in time for the next stage, or their place in Bullrun would be taken by the team that had lost that challenge.
|Rank||Car #||Car||Drivers||From||Challenge Events||Final Episode|
|1st||10||2007 Shelby Super Snake||Mike Lahalih and Spiro Tsaparas (friends, former brothers in law)||Chicago, IL||4||10 (Season 2 champions)|
|2nd||08||2007 Chevy Avalanche Z71||Barry "Bear" Brown II and Matt McManus (friends)||Auburn, AL||6||10 (Season 2 1st runner-up)|
|3rd||09||2001 Chevy Corvette||Elvis Strange and Steve McCabe  (friends)||Los Angeles and Hollywood, CA||4||10 (Season 2 2nd runner-up)|
|4th||01||1967 VW Microbus||Bill Tsagrinos and George Tsagrinos (brothers)||Las Vegas, NV||3||Eliminated on episode 9|
|5th||02||2008 Lexus IS250||Brooke Bettoney and Amanda Ensminger (friends)||Bryant, AR and Little Rock, AR||1||Eliminated on episode 8|
|6th||11||2006 Pontiac Solstice||Tony Williams and Theresa Williams (married)||Las Vegas, NV||2||Eliminated on episode 7|
|7th||05||1970 Dodge Dart||Paul Wagner and Tony Wagner (father and son)||Lakeside, CA||2||Eliminated on episode 6|
|8th||03||1969 Chevy Camaro||Wade Griswald and Brook Phillips (friends)||Wichita, KS||1||Eliminated on episode 5|
|9th||12||2006 Mitsubishi Evolution||Chris Rogers and Jason Brockhoft||Washington state||3||Eliminated on episode 4|
|10th||07||2003 Ferrari 360 Spider||Marcus Michaelson and Yelena Krupen (couple)||Russia and Canada||2||Eliminated on episode 3|
|11th||06||1971 De Tomaso Pantera||Nick Morland and Jason Eaton (brothers in law)||Boulder Creek, CA and Capitola, CA||1||Eliminated on episode 2|
|12th||04||2002 Porsche 911 Carrera||Jaime Reyes and William Rodriguez||Linden, NJ and Keyport, NJ||1||Eliminated on episode 1|
Winner and runners-upEdit
The winning team for Season 2 was Team Shelby, taking the grand prize of $200,000 ($238,300 today). The friends and former brothers in law from Chicago, Illinois, Mike Lahalih and Spiro Tsaparas were one of the more consistent teams in the rally. Although they were unable to finish first in any of driving legs except for the last, their navigating was still good enough to avoid most of the challenges by finishing mid-pack, which allowed them to effectively fly under the radar. When they were forced into the challenges, the combination of their 725 hp Shelby Super Snake and Spiro's impressive driving (Mike drove during the driving legs and Spiro drove in the challenges) made them one of the most formidable cars in the rally.
Team Avalanche was the 1st runner-up for Season 2. The friends from Auburn, Alabama, Barry "Bear" Brown II and Matt McManus showed impressive driving skill in an incredible six challenges, often beating cars that were much smaller, lighter and faster than their full-size pickup truck, but ultimately their inconsistent navigating kept them from the championship.
Team Corvette was the 2nd runner-up for Season 2. The friends from California, Elvis Strange and Steve McCabe showed impressive navigating skills throughout the rally, finishing well in most of the episodes including finishing 1st in the driving leg an incredible 3 times in a row and the first leg of the final day. Ultimately their poor challenge performance on the final day (allowing the other two teams to reduce the time gap from the first driving leg) and finishing 3rd in the final driving leg led to their 3rd place overall finish.
For Season 2, teams are eliminated through a Challenge Event, with a time bonus challenge for the final episode.
- Team Porsche was the first team eliminated after finishing 3rd in a 3-way 'School Bus Takedown' challenge with Team Shelby and Team Ferrari. With clutch problems, Team Porsche's time was 8.1 seconds behind 2nd place Team Shelby's 0:40.17 run. Team Solstice finished first on the driving leg, and chose Team Ferrari to join the bottom teams Shelby and Porsche in the challenge.
- Team Pantera was the second team eliminated after finishing 3rd in a 3-way 'Jet Relay' challenge with Team Evo and Team Corvette. Team Pantera's time was just 3 seconds behind 2nd place Team Corvette's 1:31 run. Team Lexus finished first on the driving leg, and chose Team Evo to join bottom teams Corvette and Pantera in the challenge.
- Team Ferrari was the third team eliminated after finishing 3rd in a 3-way 'Blind Run' challenge with Team Evo and Team Avalanche. Team Ferrari's time was 40 seconds behind 2nd place Team Evo's 4:50 run. Team Lexus finished first on the driving leg, and chose Team Evo to join bottom teams Ferrari and Avalanche in the challenge.
- Team Evo was the fourth team eliminated after finishing 3rd in a 3-way 'Prison Break' challenge with Team Dart and Team Avalanche. Team Evo's time was just 2 seconds behind 2nd place Team Dart's 2:20 run. Team Solstice finished first on the driving leg, and chose Team Avalanche to join bottom teams Evo and Dart in the challenge.
- Team Camaro was the fifth team eliminated after finishing 3rd in a 3-way 'Slalom Drag' challenge with Team Solstice and Team Corvette. Team Camaro's time was 17 seconds behind 1st place Team Corvette's 1:56 run (time for 2nd place Team Solstice was not mentioned). Team Avalanche finished first in the driving leg, and chose Team Camaro to join the bottom teams Solstice and Corvette in the challenge.
- Team Dart was the sixth team eliminated after finishing 3rd in a 3-way "Desert Blitz" challenge with Team VW and Team Avalanche. Team Dart's time was only 3 seconds behind 2nd place Team VW's 1:26 run. Team Corvette finished first in the driving leg and chose Team Avalanche to join bottom teams VW and Dart in the challenge.
- Team Solstice was the seventh team eliminated after finishing 3rd in a 3-way "Thunder Road" challenge with Team VW and Team Avalanche. Team Solstice's time was 14.47 seconds behind 2nd place Team Avalanche's 0:43.66 run. Team Corvette once again finished first in the driving leg and once again chose Team Avalanche to join bottom teams VW and Solstice in the challenge. The challenge was different from the other challenges in that each competitor drove identical stunt vehicles rather than the vehicles they brought to the rally.
- Team Lexus was the eighth team eliminated, competing in their first ever challenge, after finishing 3rd in a 3-way "Drift and Smash" challenge with Team Avalanche and Team Shelby. Team Lexus' time was 23.5 seconds behind 2nd place Team Shelby's 0:35.9 run. Team Corvette finished first in the driving leg, for the third time in a row, and chose Team Avalanche, for the third time in a row, to join bottom teams Shelby and Lexus in the challenge.
- Team VW was the ninth team eliminated after finishing 3rd in a 3-way "Autobowl" challenge with Team Shelby and Team Corvette. Team VW's time was 8.1 seconds behind 2nd place Team Corvette's 0:33.4 second run. Team Avalanche finished first in the driving leg and the other three teams were automatically put into the challenge.
- The Season 2 finale's (episode 10) challenge was similar to the Season 1 challenges in that it took place in the middle of the episode and did not determine eliminations. All three remaining teams competed in the challenge for time bonuses to be subtracted from their overall driving leg times, 10 minutes for 1st place, 5 minutes for 2nd and no bonus for 3rd. Team Shelby came in 1st in the challenge with a time of 12 seconds, with teams Avalanche and Corvette coming in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
- Episode 1: Team Shelby had engine problems, but since the challenge took place at the Shelby plant, they fixed it. Team Porsche had clutch problems during the challenge, directly contributing to their last place time.
- Episode 2: Team Pantera had to stop and seal a leak in their fuel tank. Team Pantera also developed a clutch problem. With help from numerous other teams, and the use of the equipment at a small boat shop, they finished major repairs just in time to compete in the 3-way challenge.
- Episode 3: Team Avalanche had trouble with a tire but this did not affect them in the competition.
- Episode 4: Team Evo sped through the gate at the end of the challenge and crashed into a concrete slab, severely damaging their car while deploying their airbags. Team Dart finished the challenge then celebrated by fishtailing through the prison yard and struck a concrete curb, rolling the car. Team Dart, with the help of most of the other teams, spent the majority of the night working on the car and were able to repair the damage in time for the next driving leg.
- Episode 5: Teams were affected by light snowfall in the early morning and freezing temperatures through the first part of the day. Team Solstice's low ground clearance added to difficulties in the snow. Team VW's vehicle lacked a heater, which left both teammates very cold and caused ice to build up on their windshield. Team Dart's repair job from the previous day's rollover left many spaces through which freezing air entered the passenger compartment.
- Episode 6: Team Solstice experienced engine sputtering, but were able to fix the problem by turning off the engine and restarting it. Team Avalanche lost a significant amount of air from their right front tire during the challenge but were able to re-inflate it.
- Episode 7: Team VW had a problem with exhaust fumes flowing into the vehicle. After suffering for some time, they were able to correct the problem themselves.
- Episode 8: Starting the day with cold temperatures and snow cover, Team VW once again had problems starting their vehicle (eventually requiring a boost) and moving through the snow. The next day, in the challenge event, Team Shelby had a problem with their emergency brake which prevented them from e-brake drifting like teams Avalanche and Lexus, but they were able to use their car's high horsepower to induce power oversteer instead. Both teams Avalanche and Shelby sustained moderate cosmetic damage caused by hitting the targets in the challenge.
- Episode 9: Poor weather, this time in the form of heavy rain, once again caused problems for Team VW. Their lack of windshield wipers and a defogger made it very difficult for them to keep their windshield clear. Their flip up "safari style" front windows also constantly leaked water into the passenger compartment. Team Corvette sustained minor cosmetic damage to their front bumper from accidentally hitting a tire barrier during the challenge.
- Episode 10: No major car troubles. Team Corvette had a problem with their traction control which was confused into thinking their rear wheels were spinning out of control as they tried to drive up a ramp onto a moving truck in the challenge. As a result, the system cut power to the rear wheels which directly contributed to their last place finish in the challenge.
The challenge demonstration car was a 1 of 1 "Bullrun Edition" Shelby Mustang.
Season 3 started on February 18, 2010. A $200,000 prize ($234,500 today) was awarded to the team that wins a 20-day, 4,000 mile rally.
Rule Changes vs Season 2Edit
This season will consistently use two checkpoints and a final destination for the driving legs, followed by the same elimination challenge system as Season 2.
A new rule was added. There was a single immunity token (a gold wrench) available on each of the first seven days. The token is at a location well beyond the final checkpoint, so that a team's decision to pursue the immunity implies that they will not finish first for the day. Whichever team gets it first has immunity from the elimination challenge. The immunity was removed on the eighth day, once there were only four teams 'eligible' for the 3-way challenge.
Season 3's cars include (by elimination, and car number until competition is complete):
|Rank||Car #||Car||Drivers||From||Challenge Events||Immunity:
|1||10||2005 Lamborghini Murciélago||Allen Wu and Bill Wu (brothers)||San Diego, CA||2||5/3||10 (Season 3 Champions)|
|2||04||1994 Acura NSX (Veilside Widebody)||Ryan Morris and Nic Cruz (friends)||Mandan, ND||3||1/1||10 (2nd Place)|
|3||06||1972 Plymouth Barracuda||Julia Janos and Mark Janos (father-daughter)||Rolla, MO||7||0/0||10 (3rd Place)|
|4||07||2008 Hummer H3||Chris Hollyfield and David Putnam (friends)||Orlando, FL||4||0/0||Eliminated on episode 9|
|5||09||2008 BMW 335i||Jason Arias and Kristina Arias (siblings)||Westminster, CA||4||0/0||Eliminated on episode 8|
|6||01||2009 Dodge Challenger R/T||Jonathan Bowen and Julian Muniz (friends)||Houston, TX||2||1/1||Eliminated on episode 7|
|7||05||1992 Lexus SC300||Tracy Shayhorn and Emilie Coppola (friends)||Atlanta, GA and Easton, PA||2||0/0||Eliminated on episode 6|
|8||12||1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1||Tony Intrieri and Kenny Brown (friends)||Harrisburg, PA||2||0/0||Eliminated on episode 5|
|9||11||2006 MINI Cooper S||Rob and Sissy Harris (married couple)||Nacogdoches, TX||1||0/0||Eliminated on episode 4|
|10||03||2000 Hennessey GTS 650R Venom Dodge Viper||Dale Smith and Viiga Fuailatolo (friends)||Cedar City, UT||1||0/0||Eliminated on episode 3|
|11||08||1987 Chevrolet Corvette||Bruno Riberon and Lisette Handumon (couple)||Orlando, FL||1||0/0||Eliminated on episode 2|
|12||02||1964 Volkswagen Beetle||Aaron Johnson and Troy Keeley (friends)||Eugene, OR||1||0/0||Eliminated on episode 1|
Winner and runners-upEdit
The winning team for Season 3, earning the $200,000 prize ($234,500 today), was Team Lambo. The brothers from San Diego, California, Allen and Bill Wu, were one of the more consistent teams in the rally. They captured 5 of the 7 immunity tokens available during the race, and finished first to fully avoid the challenge on another day. Part of their strategy included moving Bullrun signs to confuse other teams, issuing fake Immunity Cards, and turning various disadvantages into advantages - like being pulled over by police for a thorough search, then getting the police to give them a private escort through the local community.
Team NSX was the 1st runner-up for Season 3, finishing just 5 minutes behind Team Lambo on the final day of competition. The ex-military friends from Mandan, North Dakota, Ryan Morris and Nic Cruz, finished first on two of the competition days - including the crucial ninth day, thus ensuring their presence in the final group of three in the competition.
Team Hemi-Cuda was the 2nd runner-up for Season 3. The father-daughter team from Rolla, Missouri, Mark and Julia Janos, had to compete in 6 elimination challenges during the rally, using the combination of drivers' skill and horsepower to avoid elimination. A miscue on the final day held them up in a major traffic jam between Alameda and San Francisco. The time lost there, coupled with the time bonuses that teams NSX and Lambo earned in the final challenge, cause Team Hemi-Cuda to finish a full hour and two minutes behind Team Lambo, earning the 3rd place overall finish.
As in Season 2, teams are eliminated through a Challenge Event, with a time bonus challenge in the final episode.
- Team VW was the first team eliminated after running slowest in a 3-way 'Jet Rescue' challenge with Team Challenger and Team Mustang. Team Viper finished first on the California driving leg of Corona-downtown Los Angeles-Mojave Airplane Graveyard, and chose Team Mustang to join the bottom teams Challenger and VW in the challenge.
- Team Corvette was the second team eliminated after running slowest in a 3-way 'Rollerball' challenge with Team BMW and Team Hummer. Team Hemi-Cuda finished first on the California driving leg of Mojave Airplane Graveyard-Laguna Lake in San Luis Obispo-Continental Grain Company in Lemoore-Eagle Air Field in Firebaugh, and chose Team Hummer to join bottom teams Corvette and BMW in the challenge.
- Team Viper was the third team eliminated after running slowest in a 3-way 'Heist' challenge with Team Hemi-Cuda and Team Hummer. Team Challenger finished first on the California driving leg of Eagle Air Field in Firebaugh-The Duck Pond in Palo Alto-Howard Landing in Walnut Grove-Sacramento Railyard, and chose Team Lambo to join bottom teams Hemi-Cuda and Viper in the challenge. When Lambo revealed their immunity token, Team Challenger then chose Team Hummer.
- Team Mini was the fourth team eliminated after running slowest in a 3-way 'Thunder Run' challenge with Team Lexus and Team Hummer. Team NSX finished first on the California to Nevada driving leg of Sacramento Railyard-The Little Cottage Café in Twain Harte-Glen Brook Pier in Lake Tahoe-Little John's Wrecking Yard in Carson City, and chose Team Hummer to join bottom teams Lambo and Lexus in the challenge. Team Lambo revealed the immunity token to avoid the challenge, and the next lowest team, Mini, was placed in the challenge.
- Team Mustang was the fifth team eliminated after running slowest in a 3-way 'Slingshot' challenge with Team BMW and Team Hemi-Cuda. Team Hummer finished first in the Nevada driving leg of Little John's Wrecking Yard in Carson City-unspecified location (a private house) in Luning-unspecified location (a church parking lot) in Austin-Fernly Raceway in Reno, and chose Team Challenger to join the bottom teams Mustang and BMW in the challenge. When Challenger revealed their immunity token, Team Hummer then chose Team Hemi-Cuda.
- Team Lexus was the sixth team eliminated after running slowest in a 3-way 'Switchblade' challenge with Team NSX and Team Hemi-Cuda. Team Challenger finished first in the tri-state driving leg of Fernly Raceway in Reno NV-High Desert State Prison in Susanville CA-Canby CA-Lakeview Dragstrip in Lakeview OR, and chose Team Lambo to join the bottom teams Hemi-Cuda and Lexus in the challenge. When Lambo revealed their immunity token, Team Challenger then chose Team NSX.
- Team Challenger was the seventh team eliminated after running slowest in a 3-way 'Kidnap' challenge with Team BMW and Team Hemi-Cuda. Team Hummer finished first in the Oregon driving leg of Lakeview-Christmas Valley-Alfalfa-Oakridge Industrial Park in Oakridge OR, and chose Team NSX to join the bottom teams Challenger and BMW in the challenge. When NSX revealed their immunity token, Team Hummer then chose Team Hemi-Cuda.
- Team BMW was the eighth team eliminated after running slowest in a 3-way 'Blockade' challenge with Team NSX and Team Hemi-Cuda. Team Lambo finished first in the Oregon to California driving leg of Oakridge-Union Creek-O'Brien-Siskiyou Motor Speedway in Yreka, CA. This leg, as will the legs after it for the rest of the season, did not have an immunity wrench for anyone to gain. In an unusual twist, Lambo handed their right-of-choice to Team Hummer, who picked the only remaining team, Hemi-Cuda, to join the bottom teams BMW and NSX in the challenge.
- Team Hummer was the ninth team eliminated after running slowest in a 3-way 'Ring of Fire' challenge with Team Lambo and Team Hemi-Cuda. Team NSX earned the only bye from the challenge, finishing first in the California driving leg of Yreka-the Samoa Dunes near Eureka-Hayfork-Shasta Raceway Park in Anderson.
- The Season 3 finale's (episode 10) challenge was similar to the final challenge in Seasons 1 and 2. The challenge took place in the middle of a series of California driving legs of Anderson-Alameda-challenge-Lombard Street in San Francisco-Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco-USS Hornet in Alameda. The challenge did not determine eliminations, but rather all three remaining teams competed in a 'Rundown' challenge for time bonuses to be subtracted from their overall driving leg times, 20 minutes for 1st place in the challenge (Team NSX), 10 minutes for 2nd (Team Lambo) and no bonus for 3rd (Team Hemi-Cuda).
- Episode 1: Team Volkswagen had engine problems early on in the driving leg causing the car to fill with smoke. They were able to fix it on the side of the road and carry on. During the challenge the starter failed and the team had to push start it leading to a last place finish in the challenge.
- Episode 2: No car troubles.
- Episode 3: Team Hemi-Cuda got bad gas and was stuck for 30 minutes on the freeway causing them to come in 2nd to last place.
- Episode 4: Team Lexus lost power while driving through the high mountain pass on this leg. The same team had trouble restarting their car during the challenge event, almost eliminating them.
- Episode 5: Team Mustang finished last in the leg after running very low on gas and siphoning fuel (with permission) from some ATVs. Team Hemi-Cuda received some passenger front fender damage bouncing off one of the trucks used in the challenge event.
- Episode 6: Team Hemi-Cuda had water in their gas tank, bringing the car to a full stop. They lost more time drilling a hole in the side of the gas tank to drain the watery gas, and still more time stopping to repair the hole. Team Lexus lost time when pulling a U-turn on a highway and getting stuck in a ditch. Team Lambo lost time when pulled over by police.
- Episode 7: As the Bullrunners moved through Oregon, Teams BMW, Challenger, Lambo and NSX were pulled over at different times by local police. While all teams were let go with warnings and occasional directions, they did lose time while pulled over.
- Episode 8: No car troubles. All Bullrunners did lose time avoiding a forest fire, resulting in longer times for everyone.
- Episode 9: Team NSX had some clutch problems at the start of the day. They found that their clutch fluid reservoir was empty and were able to quickly refill and proceed.
The challenge demonstration car was a 1 of 1 "Bullrun Edition" Shelby Mustang.
Bullrun was produced by Bullrun Productions, Maloof Television and Rocket Science Laboratories.
Season One was produced for Spike.
Season Two was produced by Bullrun Productions for Speed Channel, with original airings from February through April 2009. Bullrun founders David Green and Andrew Duncan executive produced the show. Grace Stevens was the supervising producer.
Season Three was produced by Bullrun Productions for Speed Channel, with original airings from February through April 2010.