Bradberry free to explore options By Shawn A. Akers HIGH POINT, N.C. (March 9, 1999) Triad Motorsports' owners have given Gary Bradberry permission to seek other racing opportunities, team co-owner Steve Lane said Tuesday afternoon. The No. 78...
Bradberry free to explore options By Shawn A. Akers
HIGH POINT, N.C. (March 9, 1999) Triad Motorsports' owners have given Gary Bradberry permission to seek other racing opportunities, team co-owner Steve Lane said Tuesday afternoon.
The No. 78 Ford team, without primary sponsorship, has been temporarily forced to suspend its on-track operations in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series due to financial considerations until a sponsor is found. Lane said the team didn't want to keep Bradberry from exploring other possibilities.
"What it comes down to is that Gary is a super guy to work with, and we just didn't want to hold him back," Lane said. "Hopefully we'll get this thing started back up soon, and Gary will be our driver when that happens if he doesn't happen to come upon a situation that's better for him. We're talking to a few people, and hopefully something will come about soon."
The No. 78 Ford attempted to qualify for the season-opening Daytona 500 but was unsuccessful. Since then the team has filed entries for events at North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway but has cancelled them in each case.
Pilot Travel Centers and Pharb Hangover Relief were slated to be the primary sponsors for the No. 78 Taurus for the 1999 season, but team co-owner Jim Wilson said last month Pharbco did not live up to its contractual agreement and that Pilot was still considering its options.
"Right now, it's kind of on a week-to-week basis as to what we're doing," Lane said. "We're going to skip Atlanta, and maybe we'll be able to get something going by Texas (March 28). Right now, we're just not sure what we're going to do."
Lane said the team would hate to lose Bradberry as its driver.
"Gary has been very loyal to us, and we know he hasn't been shopping himself around," Lane said. "He's under contract with us still, but it's not fair to him for us to hold him to it. We felt that it was probably the best thing to let him go and look at other things.
"We didn't want to be selfish towards him, and we really hope things work out for him. The best thing would be for us to get a sponsor and for him to stay with us."
Source: NASCAR Online