Guest Instructor - Brad Burton
Brad Burton, a Boeing Engineer, has been racing his 1972 Pontiac Firebird since 2005. Brad grew up at the race track with his dad and knew at a very young age he wanted to race cars. Brad began racing at the local level at first with great success. Brad was the track champion in Pro ET at Bandimere Speedway in 2008 and also got his first big national event win at the Mopar Mile High Nationals in Denver, CO. Brad earned the honors of Bandimere Speedway driver of the year in 2008 at the young age of 20.
In 2009, Brad began to travel more and results soon followed. Brad was able to win another National event in Phoenix, AZ in 2009 as well as a divisional win in Billings, MT. He had strong outings at other races that year which propelled him to a 6th place finish in the Nation at the end of the 2009 season. On top of that, Brad was also the fall racing series champion at Bandimere Speedway.
With such a great year in 2009, Brad was determined to carry the momentum he gained in 2009 into 2010. Brad started off quickly with a big win at the 50th annual Winter Nationals in Pomona, CA. He added a National event win in Denver, CO as well as a runner up at the U.S Nationals in Indianapolis; IN. Brad also tallied a divisional event win in Great Bend, KS and a runner up in Denver, CO. With these big wins, Brad ended up on top of the standings at the end of the year and was crowned the 2010 National Champion in Stock Eliminator at the age of only 22. He earned the Division 5 driver of the year as well.
The 2011 Racing season was met with mixed emotions. After having a career best season, Brad made the decision to move to Seattle, WA to follow his girlfriend, Brooke Dark, for a career move. This was a big change for Brad as it was his first time living away from home as well as racing on his own in a new part of the United States. Brad did not get the results he wanted in his first year away from home and struggled to find the winners circle. Brad ended up finishing 16th in the nation that year and had no national or divisional event wins. He did however win some local bracket races which built his confidence as a driver all by himself now.
The 2012 season was met as a challenge for Brad and somewhat of a redemption year. He was out to prove that 2010 was no fluke and that he was a top tier driver in Stock Eliminator. Brad wasted no time in 2012 starting off with big wins at the Winter Nationals in Pomona, CA and the Las Vegas Nationals. Brad was able to live a dream of his when he had the privilege of racing his father, Scott Burton, in the Stock Eliminator final at the Las Vegas Nationals. Brad was able to add divisional victories in Boise, ID, Mission, BC, and Woodburn, OR as well. With strong outings at his other National and Divisional races, Brad finished the season with a whopping 721 points and out did his 2nd place opponent by 96 points. Brad scored one of the highest point totals ever recorded in Stock Eliminator and was crowned the 2012 National Champion. Brad was crowned the Division 6 Stock champion and was given the award of the 2012 NHRA sportsman driver of the year and the 2012 Division 6 driver of the year respectfully
Brad has already won 2 National championships and had 6 national event wins, all at the young age of just 25.
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