New Names to the Game Surface as the 2017 Season Approaches
Donald Bradsher to compete for the 2017 Rookie of the Year Title
CONCORD, N.C. — December 7, 2016 — Joining the World of Outlaws Craftsman®Late Model Series for the 2017 season is Donald Bradsher, of Burlington, N.C. Bradsher will be competing for the 2017 Rookie of the Year title.
“I started racing go-karts, and then in 2006 I wanted a different challenge, so I moved up to running Crate Late Models. Then between 2006 and now, I progressed into running Super Late Models, and we’ve been fairly successful,” said Bradsher. “What draws me to the Late Models is that it is so competitive — the amount of cars you get to race against, versus going asphalt racing — which makes it that much more exciting.”
In the inaugural OneDirt World Short Track Championship, a three-day event held this past October at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Bradsher ran with the Pro Late Model division and grabbed a second-place finish in Friday’s Feature. Bradsher would go on to win his heat race and placed third in the All-Star Invitational Feature on Saturday.
“You show up [at the OneDirt World Short Track Championship], and you’re running with 60 cars. It’s just a privilege to make the field really. We ran pretty well there,” said Bradsher.
After his third-place finish in the All-Star Invitational Feature, Bradsher commented on the overall event: “It gives a lot of grassroots racers an opportunity to come here and run at Charlotte. Most guys never get to come here; they just dream about it.”
Bradsher is no stranger to the Outlaws, having run several World of Outlaws races in the past. His first was in 2011, but running with the series full-time for the 2017 season will allow Bradsher to face the biggest and baddest drivers in the Late Model business consistently throughout the season, also granting him the opportunity to visit new tracks across the country and into Canada.
“I’m excited for all of the different race tracks we’ll visit and getting to meet all of the local people as you go from town to town, but the main thing is the challenge of going from different tracks,” said Bradsher. “I looked at the schedule from last year and the way the schedule was will allow me to spend time on the road but also spend time with my business, so it’s pretty friendly as far as letting me look after my business and be able to go race. We work in several of the states that the races are in, so even if I have to race all week I can go check on company business while I’m there.”
Bradsher is the Owner and President of Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas, one of his primary sponsors for the 2017 season. Other sponsors of his car include Mega Electrical Services Inc., Bobby Taylor Oil Company, WP Racing Shocks, Vic Hill Race Engines, FK Rod Ends and HNO Grading and Hauling LLC.
“Having the people in place at Mega Plumbing allows me to be able to go out and race, so they are really a part of this team also because they are able to look after the work for me while am out playing,” said Bradsher.
Other vital members of his team include Crew Chiefs Keith Parrish and Heath Henry, volunteer member Al Campbell, and Racing Shock Guru Wesley Page.
A successful 2017 season for Bradsher includes being named Rookie of the Year, finishing among the top 10 in points, making all features during speedweek in GA and in FL, and landing a win.
The 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series schedule is to be released later this week. Tickets for select events are on-sale now for more information please visit dirtcar.ticketforce.com or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX (347-8849).