In 2019, Bradley McCaskill won the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series North Carolina state championship, along with the track championship at Southern National Motorsports Park (NC). While McCaskill's home track is still awaiting a return to racing, McCaskill will travel south to Myrtle Beach Speedway (SC) Saturday for his first race since the COVID-19 shutdown.
For McCaskill, it will be a chance to not just return to racing, but to take the first step towards returning to normalcy as a veteran racer.
"I'm happy to have a little bit of normalcy in our lives, going back to the race track," McCaskill told Speed51. "That's the biggest deal for us.
"I feel like once everyone gets to the race track, everything else shuts down and your focus on your cars. You get in your own world, and the problems in the rest of the world go away for a little while."
While McCaskill has not been at the track in several months, he has stayed busy during the COVID-19 pandemic. His business, Grafix Unlimited, has remained fully operational, assisting local businesses during the shutdown.
"We've been more busy since this mess started. We service some restaurants, so we had some takeout banners to make, stuff like that. Most companies that I work with, they've all been really steady. The ones that have slowed down, we've been able to freshen up the decals on their service vehicles. We've been extra busy during this mess."
The McCaskill racing family is deeply rooted in North Carolina. With last year's titles, Bradley joins cousin Deac McCaskill as both a Southern National track champion and a North Carolina state champion.
However, McCaskill has also enjoyed some success over the years at Myrtle Beach Speedway. McCaskill scored a top-10 finish in the 2018 Myrtle Beach 400, and also finished third in the first CARS Late Model Stock Tour event at the historic facility back in 2015.
With the venue planning to close after its 2020 season, currently scheduled to end on August 15, McCaskill wants nothing more than to bring a winner's trophy back to North Carolina from Myrtle Beach while he still has the chance.
"We've had some speed down there," said McCaskill. "We've had a couple of good runs, and we've had some runs that weren't so great. We're going down to race and have fun. We're hoping we can come back with a checkered flag. It would be really special to try to get a win there before the track closes down.
"It'd be special, just to have that on the resume or that trophy on the wall. It's such a historic track. It's a tall order, but I think we're up to the task."
Speed51 will broadcast Saturday's event at Myrtle Beach Speedway, the track's first since March 14. Click here to order your pay-per-view ticket to watch the event, which will include twin features for the Late Model Stock Cars as well as Chargers, Super Trucks and Vintage Racers.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor - Twitter: @ztevans
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