In this edition of Flashback Friday on Speed51, we remember a person and a race track that we wish were still with us. On this date back in 2005, Charlie Bradberry started off the season with a win in his home state at Birmingham International Raceway.
The flat half-mile track in Alabama was always kind to Bradberry, and this 200-lap event was no different. He took the lead with 43 laps to go and went on win the race. Gary Helton was second and Josh Hamner was third, while a young Justin South finished fourth.
The Show Me the Money 200 on April 3, 2005 was the first of five Southern All Super Late Model Series events run during the 2005 season. Bradberry won this race and a 100-lap Pro Late Model race in August.
In all, Bradberry won five races at the Birmingham oval, not including local events. Tragically, Bradberry lost his life in 2006 and the track was closed in 2008. These were both tough losses for race fans in the southeast.
Others Racing Events on This Date
1966 – Ramo Scott won a 200-lap event for the IMCA Stock Car Series at the Louisiana State Fairgrounds. Lenny Funk was second and Ernie Derr completed the top three. Scott sat on the pole for the 1976 Daytona 500.
1977 – Bugsy Stevens started off his 1977 season with a big win during the Icebreaker event at Thompson Speedway.
1993 – Mike Stefanik was victorious in the 150-lap NASCAR Modified Tour race at Richmond International Raceway. Driving for Mario Fiore, Stefanik led 19 laps from the pole to grab the win in the season-opening race. Jeff Fuller came across the line in second after leading a race high 107 laps.
1999 – Gary Myers, father of Burt and Jason Myers, won a SMART Tour race at Caraway Speedway (NC). Caraway had 66 SMART Tour races from 1990 to 2004, and six times Gary Myers went to victory lane.
2010 – Preston Peltier picks up his first win at Hickory Motor Speedway in the PASS Easter Bunny 150. The event has always been one of the best for Super Late Models each spring. Peltier now has eight career wins at Hickory, including five in the Easter Bunny event.
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 “Stat Boy”
-Photo credit: Bradberry Family