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Bradley Nabs Top-10 In Chi-Town JOLIET, Ill., Sunday, September 2, 2001 - Bradley Motorsports driver Buzz Calkins finished ninth in today's inaugural Delphi Indy 300 from the new Chicagoland Speedway. The ...

Bradley Nabs Top-10 In Chi-Town

JOLIET, Ill., Sunday, September 2, 2001 - Bradley Motorsports driver Buzz Calkins finished ninth in today's inaugural Delphi Indy 300 from the new Chicagoland Speedway. The #12 Bradley Food Marts/ Sav-O-Mat Dallara started the event in 18th place and fought its way towards the front with on-track performance and masterful pit stops. The ninth-place finish helped to solidify Calkins top-10 position in Indy Racing Northern Light Series points.

"That may be the longest race I have ever been in," remarked Denver-native Buzz Calkins on his day. "The Bradley Food Marts/ Sav-O-Mat Dallara was working pretty well in the higher line but then the track began to have a nasty push and that slowed us down some. We fell out of the draft a few times and that really hurt us also. The pit stops were great. The whole Bradley Motorsports team did a spectacular job of getting us positions in the pits. These guys have been working really hard and today we showed a little more of that."

With today's finish Calkins holds onto tenth in driver points with one race, the season-finale at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) on September 16, remaining. Calkins, who has a season-high finish of third at Atlanta Motor Speedway, has remained in the top-ten of driver points throughout the season.

"It is nice to get back into the top-10," commented David Cripps, Bradley Motorsports team manager and chief engineer. "This helps us in the points and with a strong finish at Texas we'll have a chance to get back to our goal for the year. Today's run will be a good morale booster for the team. We are planning to keep adding to the package going into Texas so we are anticipating a strong run there as well."

Texas Motor Speedway has traditionally been a strong track for Bradley Motorsports and will play to the team's strengths for the season closer.

"I think this race gives us back a little momentum," reflected Calkins. "This will help us go into Texas on a higher note and, therefore, will help us close the season out strong. The middle portion of this season wasn't as strong as we wanted it to be but, with this, maybe it is a sign the year will finish well."

Bradley Petroleum operates gasoline and convenience stores in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming under the Bradley Food Marts, Sav-O-Mat and Sinclair names.

For more on Buzz Calkins and Bradley Motorsports, please visit www.BuzzCalkins.com.

-Bradley Motorsports-

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