Bradley McCaskill is returning to Concord Speedway, a track he scored a CARS Late Model Stock Tour victory at last summer. This time, he will be in a Super Late Model driving for Coulter Motorsports in the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) race on Friday night.
McCaskill, 26, from Archer Lodge, North Carolina, got the phone call from Randy Renfrow on Friday night asking him to drive the car at Concord. At first, he thought it was a joke, but now, he’s preparing for the race in hopes of scoring another win at Concord.
“Jake Crum was supposed to race but he ended up buying a car towards the end of last week,” McCaskill said. “They didn’t have a driver and my name was brought up. Got the call from Randy Renfrow on Friday. Thought it was a joke at first.”
McCaskill says Concord Speedway is his favorite track, and for good reason. He has had plenty of success at Concord, having scored a victory there in a Pro Late Model in 2009. His win at Cocord last August in the Championship Auto Racing Series (CARS) Late Model Stock Tour race was the most notable. McCaskill used the bump-and-run to get past Myatt Snider with two laps to go to score the victory.
Past success has given McCaskill confidence entering Friday night’s 125 lap PASS South Super Late Model race, but he also knows he will face some tough competition.
“I’m really excited about going back to Concord,” McCaskill remarked. “But I know there is a lot of strong competition that will be there. Coulter Motorsports has shown a lot of speed so I’m really looking forward to Friday.”
Friday night won’t be the first time a McCaskill has raced for Coulter Motorsports. Last August, Bradley’s older cousin, four-time Southern National Motorsports Park track champion Deac McCaskill, finished second in his PASS South debut at South Boston Speedway driving for Coulter Motorsports. Bradley hopes he can duplicate his older cousin’s success, or improve on it.
“If we could duplicate what he did, we would all be happy. We’re all going testing this week, so hoping to get some advice from him and Randy.”
McCaskill has predominantly raced in Limited Late Models and Late Model Stock Cars in Eastern North Carolina over the past few years, but he does have a start in the CARS Super Late Model Tour. With that knowledge, he knows what the fundamental differences will be and how he will have to approach the race differently from his win last summer.
“Obviously, the power difference will be a big deal,” McCaskill explained. “Just saving our rear tires, maybe more tire conservation. The biggest deal for me is going to be just focusing on driving. Usually, I also have to make my own setup changes.”
So, why does McCaskill have success at Concord and what makes it his favorite track?
“The speed,” McCaskill exclaimed. “Concord is a track where you just get up on the wheel and dig. Just fits my style.”
Friday night’s race will be McCaskill’s first start in PASS competition since 2012. He raced in the PASS South Super Late Model Series from 2007-2012, scoring a best career finish of third. This season, McCaskill has already scored a win in a Late Model Stock Car race at Southern National Motorsports Park.
The PASS South race at Concord Speedway will be held on Friday night, May 27th and will also feature racing for the Southern Modified Racing Series presented by PASS, the Mid-Atlantic Limited Late Model Series and the Mid-Atlantic Street Stock Championship Series.