Bradberry Goes Back-To-Back, Now Ready For Martinsville Takes the Challenge of Starting in the Back and Wins World Classic at Birmingham CHELSEA, AL (October 20, 2004) -- It's a busy time of the year for Charlie Bradberry. But you won't hear...
Bradberry Goes Back-To-Back, Now Ready For Martinsville
Takes the Challenge of Starting in the Back and Wins World Classic at Birmingham
CHELSEA, AL (October 20, 2004) -- It's a busy time of the year for Charlie Bradberry. But you won't hear him complaining about it. Why? Because he's on a hot streak. And with several NASCAR Craftsman Truck and Busch Series events on his schedule, he's hoping he can continue his dominance.
Last weekend, the 21-year-old continued his late-season surge by scoring his second Super Late Model victory in a row. Bradberry won the 100-lap feature at South Alabama Speedway (Opp, AL) among some of the best Super Late Model drivers in the southeast.
Now, this coming weekend, the Alabama native has even bigger plans as he heads for Martinsville Speedway (VA) with his family-owned #78 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team for the Kroger 200.
The 2004 season has been a building year in Bradberry's racing career. He has run a limited schedule of Truck Series event and selected Super Late Model shows, but he hasn't been behind the wheel, or in victory lane, as much as he's been used to.
"I've had a hard year," Bradberry admitted. "We haven't run as well as we would like. But we've had a really good car in the last few Super Late Model shows and that gives me a lot of confidence going into Martinsville with the truck."
In his latest Super Late Model triumph, Bradberry started sixth and found the first few laps to be a little bit of an uphill battle. NASCAR Southeast Series regular Jason Hogan appeared to have the car to beat early on, while Bradberry worked to get the handling of his car to his liking.
"The car was off a little bit early," said Bradberry. "We came in to pit and made some adjustments early in the race, before we even pitted for tires, and that helped out a lot. The car got much better."
In the second half of the event, Bradberry came in with most of the other lead lap cars and took on new tires. A great pit stop by Bradberry's team put him within sight of the lead. With 32 laps to go, he dove under Ronnie Sanders in turn one to take over the lead.
Bradberry's work was not yet over though. Ryan Crane closed up to his bumper in the last 10 laps. With only two laps to go, Crane stuck his nose under Bradberry and tried to steal the lead away. The move didn't pay off. Bradberry got sideways, but held on.
"He caught me and pulled up alongside of me," said Bradberry. "Coming to the white flag, he pulled to the inside and I kept it low. We got together and I got really sideways. I looked back in the mirror and it was empty. So with nobody behind me, I just kept going to the checkered flag."
After the Martinsville Truck Series race, Bradberry will test the truck at Homestead-Miami Speedway (SL) in preparation for the season finale on November 19. He'll also be preparing for next month's Busch Series race at the Phoenix International Raceway (AZ), where he'll make his series debut in the #85 car owned by Gary Keller.
"That is going to be a great opportunity for me," Bradberry said. "We're still working on the details, but it's a done deal that I'll be at Phoenix. This is the car that Kenny Hendricks has driven and it's out of the same shop that prepares my trucks."
The Kroger 200 will take the green flag Saturday, October 23rd. Speed Channel will air the event live beginning at 1pm.