Charlie Bradberry Dials Up an Old Favorite This Weekend Young Hotshoe Returns to Montgomery Speedway After a Few Years Away Chelsea, Alabama (March 15, 2005) -- Although he is still only 22 years old, Charlie Bradberry has raced on plenty of ...
Charlie Bradberry Dials Up an Old Favorite This Weekend
Young Hotshoe Returns to Montgomery Speedway After a Few Years Away
Chelsea, Alabama (March 15, 2005) -- Although he is still only 22 years old, Charlie Bradberry has raced on plenty of tracks so far in his career. Whether it has been in a Super Late Model, NASCAR Craftsman Truck or anything else, he has visited a variety of tracks through the Southeastern United States and even a few from outside his own region of the country.
So naturally, there are a few that stand out in his mind as favorite places to race. This weekend, he'll get to return to one of those as Montgomery Speedway (AL) opens up with new management and a $5,000-to-win Super Late Model race.
"I love that track, it's one of my favorite places to come and race," said Bradberry. "I haven't raced there in awhile because they have not been running four-barrel Super Late Models in the past few years. They quit running those cars in 2001 or 2002. Now that they are back, I'm really excited about going there."
Bradberry is not a stranger to the track by any means.
"Back in 1999, I used to run there every Saturday night; it was my second home track," said Bradberry. "It's not far from home, it's a very nice facility and a fun track to race on. I won a few races there back then and learned a lot."
There are plenty of reasons for Bradberry to enjoy going to the track.
"It's a real fast track," said Bradberry. "It's a good, full half-mile with pretty good banking and long straightaways. You can carry good speed through the corners because they are not tight at all. There are a couple of different grooves. You want to try and stay on the bottom, but you can pass to the outside as well. In my opinion, it's one of the best short tracks around. It just doesn't get as much publicity as some other places."
This weekend's race is expected to draw some big names in Super Late Model competition including NASCAR Southeast Series standouts Jason Hogan and J.R. Norris .
"We've all raced together in a tremendous amount of races," said Bradberry. "It's pretty neat to get to run together again."
But this is just one of many chances in 2005 that Bradberry will get to compete against those racers.
"I'm getting ready for the Southeast Series season," said Bradberry. "I plan on running for the championship there. With their schedule as it is, I can still run the big Super Late Model shows that I want to this year. We'll go to the first few Southeast events and unless we have something bad happen early on, we'll do the whole schedule."
That is one piece of Bradberry's goal for 2005. After cutting back on the number of races he ran last year to make a foray into the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Bradberry is getting back to basics this year and racing wherever and whenever he can.
"I want to race somewhere every weekend this year," said Bradberry.