How important is Bristol Motor Speedway to Brett Hudson? The Street Stock racer named his daughter after the race track.
“I was going to Bristol when I was a kid," Hudson said on Speed51's "The Bullring" on Monday. "I was there for the Earnhardt and Labonte deals when I was young. I even named one of my daughters Brystal, so I’d say it’s pretty important to me.
“I always wanted to have a racing theme behind it. We spelled it a little bit different than the race track to keep it her own deal."
Hudson has been part of the field of CRA Street Stocks to descend upon Thunder Valley each year in the Pinty's U.S. Short Track Nationals since 2017. He has finished on the podium all three years, with two runner-up finishes, but is still seeking the elusive Bristol triumph, with Chuck Barnes, Jr. winning all three years.
“The first year down there, I had the dominant car. Unfortunate circumstances just didn’t work our way at the end of the race, with the late caution. The second year, I had the fastest car and didn’t win that year either. Last year, we went there with a different setup and missed it. He was better than me last year.”
The 2017 encounter proved to be a tense one, as Barnes, Jr. and Hudson made contact on the final lap before Barnes drove to victory. Hudson led 47 of the 50 laps in the Street Stock feature of the inaugural U.S. Short Track Nationals, but settled for a second-place finish.
There is a definitely a rivalry between the two Street Stock front-runners, but Hudson describes it as a friendly one.
“It’s friendly for the most part. We had our one run-in there, but it was Bristol. I understand why he did what he did. That’s why I was so mad, I wanted to win the first year, too.”
Hudson once competed in the Late Models fans will see as part of the U.S. Short Track Nationals, as well as the ARCA Menards Series. However, he is at home in the Street Stocks, which he considers a far more enjoyable way to go racing filled with beautiful race cars.
“They’re definitely nice pieces, for sure. Even guys way through the field have really nice cars, some of them look better than ours. I’ve been through the ARCA days, the Late Model days, when I was younger. It’s fun, but it’s so serious and takes so much engineering and development stuff these days. That’s why we’re back in Street Stocks now, it’s a lot more fun.”
Fans who missed Hudson's interview on "The Bullring" can click here to watch an on-demand replay of Monday's episode of the short track racing talk show.
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor - Twitter: @ztevans
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