Charlie Bradberry Not Satisfied With Second at Montgomery Next Weekend, He's on the Road Again, Gunning for Freddie Query at Concord Chelsea, Alabama (March 21, 2005) -- To finish second against some of the best short track drivers in the entire...
Charlie Bradberry Not Satisfied With Second at Montgomery
Next Weekend, He's on the Road Again, Gunning for Freddie Query at Concord
Chelsea, Alabama (March 21, 2005) -- To finish second against some of the best short track drivers in the entire Southeast is pretty impressive. So to come away as the runner-up in the "Track is Back" 125 at Montgomery Motor Speedway (AL) when you are competing against guys like J.R. Norris, Jason Hogan, Eddie Mercer, Josh Hamner and Ted Musgrave, Jr. is something to be able to brag about right?
Not if you are one of the best short trackers in the region -- Charlie Bradberry.
"I'm not happy with this because I hate to lose," said Bradberry. "I just want to win every race and I hate finishing second."
Bradberry fought a close battle with Norris for much of the race and came up short at the finish.
"I was going to try real hard to get around the 5-car early because I knew he was a lot better than I was," said Bradberry. "I was holding the bottom the best that I could. He got into me a couple times but I would have done the same thing to him. It was just one of those racing deals. I had to protect the bottom and force him to the outside. We had a good car tonight; we just couldn't catch the 5-car [Norris]."
But considering what happened to the pair during the race, it's amazing that either one didn't finish on the tail end of a wrecker.
Norris was leading when he came upon the lapped car of Johnny Brazier towards to end of the race. The two touched and slide up the track. Bradberry was right on the tail of trouble at that point and passed both cars on the right, in a three-wide move, without hitting anything.
"There was nothing else I could do," said Bradberry. "JR and Brazier turned sideways in front of me, so it was either hit them or turn right so I went on the outside of them and it was too late to back out so I went for it and it worked out. I didn't know if it was going to work out but I'm glad it did."
Staying competitive through the race was tough as well on a night where tires were a major storyline.
"My left sides were hurt early in the race because we had a left side tire going down," said Bradberry. "That contributed to the car not being perfect late in the race."
Things will be a reversed next week for Bradberry. As millions of people go home for the Easter holiday, Bradberry's #78 team will hit the road instead and enter the Big 10 Series season opener at Concord Motorsport Park (NC). It will be a new track for Bradberry, but he has his goals for the weekend set and that is to knock off the king of Concord.
"We're really looking forward to going to Concord this weekend," said Bradberry. "The Nextel Cup Series is off so hopefully there will be some people from the NASCAR realm over there watching that big Super Late Model show. It will be fun and hey, if we can beat Freddie Query, that will be something to write home about."
Bradberry competed in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and selected major short track races during the 2004 season. This season, he plans on competing in major Super Late Model events and in the NASCAR Southeast Series.
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