Charlotte Bradberry surprise

Bradberry surprises himself Shawn A. Akers CONCORD, N.C. (May 20, 1998) Nobody was any more surprised than Gary Bradberry himself. The driver of the No. 78 Pilot Travel Services Ford, who has failed to qualify for seven of the first 10...

Bradberry surprises himself Shawn A. Akers

CONCORD, N.C. (May 20, 1998) Nobody was any more surprised than Gary Bradberry himself.

The driver of the No. 78 Pilot Travel Services Ford, who has failed to qualify for seven of the first 10 NASCAR Winston Cup Series races this season, turned in the eighth-fastest lap of the evening -- 181.178 mph -- during Bud Pole Qualifying for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 Wednesday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

"I'll tell you, that lap, I was really shocked that we ran that quick," Bradberry said. "I think we ended up 34th after the last practice session. The car was really loose the last practice when we went out, but the weather cooled off and we didn't touch the car.

"We knew the track would tighten up a little, or at least hoped it would and, I'll tell you, it did. The track was just perfect. We were a little bit tight in (Turns) 3 and 4, but we were perfect in (Turns) 1 and 2. I think that's where we made most of our time. The car was really good."

Bradberry's only starts in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series this season have come at Atlanta, Texas and California. He qualified 10th at Texas, but wound up finishing 24th.

His best finish this season is 23rd in the California 500 presented by NAPA after starting 35th.

Bradberry will start on the outside of Row 4 for Sunday's 600-mile race, alongside Dick Trickle in the No. 90 Helig-Myers Ford.

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dick Trickle