Mansfield: Charlie Bradberry preview

Bradberry Highly Anticipating 2004 Truck Series Debut After Months Out Of the Seat, NASCAR Champ Is Ready To Roll To Mansfield CHELSEA, AL (May 12, 2004) -- Yes, Charlie Bradberry is still alive and well and finally getting back behind the wheel...

Bradberry Highly Anticipating 2004 Truck Series Debut
After Months Out Of the Seat, NASCAR Champ Is Ready To Roll To Mansfield

CHELSEA, AL (May 12, 2004) -- Yes, Charlie Bradberry is still alive and well and finally getting back behind the wheel of a racecar, or truck for that matter. Bradberry, last year's NASCAR Southeast Series (formerly All Pro Series) champion will make his 2004 Craftsman Truck Series debut with his family-owned team this weekend at Mansfield Motorsports Park in Mansfield (OH). It will be the first of two-straight Truck Series weekends for Bradberry, who will also race at Lowe's Motor Speedway the following Friday.

"People probably think I fell off the face of the earth and I just quit racing," said Bradberry of his long absence from the seat. "I don't think I've ever gone this long without being behind the wheel of a racecar since I was about 11 or so. It will be nice to get back in the swing of things.

"I've been waiting for this race for months now. With all the work that my guys have done and everyone who has helped pitch in with this truck, I just want to get out there and run competitively with the guys like Rick (Crawford), Jon (Wood) and everyone else."

Bradberry and several of his crewmembers have been working non-stop for the last couple months on two new Craftsman Trucks in preparation for the Mansfield debut.

"We want to come into these two races and shock some people with our stuff. I went and tested with the new truck at Montgomery (Speedway, AL) and was very encouraged by our results. I got a lot of laps and a lot of seat time and I think we will be a force that most people won't expect.

"It should be an interesting weekend because I've never been to Mansfield before. I've seen a picture of the place and it looks like any old short track to me. I'm sure we'll be ok."

This weekend's Truck Series event will be Charlie's first race with new crew chief Philip Hamilton.

"I'm real excited to work with Philip and I think he'll bring a lot to the team because he has some past experience with these trucks. He also helped my brother (Gary) out quite a bit in the 1990s when he was racing. He's been a big part of this team effort. There are probably about five people working full-time on this thing, which is pretty impressive for a little, family-run deal. I don't think we will look like a small, family run team on the racetrack though."

The last time Charlie was behind the wheel of a racecar was on March 6 when he ran the annual "Rattler" race at South Alabama Speedway where he finished third.

The UAW/GM Ohio 250 will take the green flag at 2 pm on Sunday, May 16. The race is sold out, but can be seen LIVE on Speed Channel.

-www.charliebradberry.com

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Series NASCAR Truck
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