DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (November 30 2001) - The Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring Wireway/Husky Rookie of the Year program turned out to be the closest in series history with Charlie Bradberry of Chelsea, Al. winning that prestigious title over...
DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (November 30 2001) - The Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring Wireway/Husky Rookie of the Year program turned out to be the closest in series history with Charlie Bradberry of Chelsea, Al. winning that prestigious title over Jody Lavender of Hartsville, S. C.
"This is a tremendous honor for my team," said Bradberry after the final race of the year. "I want to congratulate Jody (Lavender) on his outstanding performance as well as the other drivers who competed for this honor."
Bradberry and Lavender entered the final race tied in rookie points and whoever finished ahead of the other would win this award sponsored by Wireway/Husky Corporation.
Bradberry will receive $2,500 from Wireway/Husky with Lavender receiving $1,000 for his second place finish. Bradberry won the title by just three points.
"I hated to see Jody experience mechanical problems so early in the race," continued Bradberry. He has been so consistent during the season and nobody wants to watch the end of a race from the garage."
"I want to thank my dad, Charles, for giving me the opportunity to race. My brother Gary has been racing in NASCAR for many years and there was little doubt where I wanted to race. I am proud to win anything in NASCAR and hopefully this will be a start towards next year challenging for the series championship."
Bradberry was a tough competitor during the season finishing sixth in the series points standing after recording four top five and nine top ten finishes in the 15 races he competed in during the year. Bradberry did not qualify for the starting field in the first event of the year and that failure made him more determined then ever to win rookie honors.
He bounced back in the second race on the schedule at Nashville Speedway USA to finish ninth and won rookie of the race honors which placed him fourth in rookie points. He continued to make a steady climb in rookie points and after the seventh race of the season trailed leader Lavender by only two points.
His consistency kept him near the top of the rookie points, earning rookie of the race honors nine times during the 15 races he started, receiving 10 points for each occurrence. He was runner-up rookie in three races earning nine rookie points for those finishes.
Other drivers contending for rookie honors in 2001 were Roger Parker, London, Ky, finishing third, Richie Beasley, Brewton, Al., fourth, Chris Fontaine, Lake Fl., fifth, Wayne Bowen, Concord, N. C., sixth and Michael Britt, Cumming, Ga. seventh.
The Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring is one of nine NASCAR Touring Series that blanket the United States, bringing special events to many NASCAR Weekly Racing Series tracks and some NASCAR superspeedways and road courses. NASCAR Touring Series can provide a competitor with an entire career, or they can provide valuable experience to competitors moving through the NASCAR ranks. Corporate sponsors make significant contributions to NASCAR Touring Series point funds. The sponsors include R. J. Reynolds, Anheuser-Busch, Featherlite Trailers, Goody's Headache Powders, O'Reilly Auto Parts, Raybestos Brakes and RE/MAX International, Incorporated.