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Brad Urquhart makes racing debut

Brad Urquhart made his auto racing debut April 24 at Barona Speedway.

Urquhart competed in the Factory Stocks class at Barona and was in fifth place before his 1970 Chevy Monte Carlo lost an axle with approximately four laps remaining in the 20-lap main event.

“I was running so good. I was very excited,” Urquhart said.

Urquhart’s brother Scott drove in the Cruiser division at Perris Auto Speedway. Jim Ramsey had driven the Monte Carlo during Barona’s 2009 Factory Stocks season before selling it to Scott Urquhart after the season.

The Urquhart brothers had the car ready for racing on April 24. “We were going to share the racing duties,” Brad Urquhart said.

Brad Urquhart ran approximately 10 practice laps before his brother gave him the car for the rest of the night. “He said ‘Why don’t you go for it’,” Brad Urquhart said.

Barona Speedway requires rookies to begin heat races in the back, so Urquhart began the heat race in the last-place position but moved to fifth by the checkered flag. “I wasn’t happy with the car’s performance in the corners,” he said.

Scott Urquhart and Ramsey served as Brad Urquhart’s crew and made adjustments to the Monte Carlo prior to the main event. “They made some adjustments to the car and it was running beautifully in the finals until that rear axle broke,” Brad Urquhart said.

Urquhart started the main event on the outside of the eighth row and steadily gained positions.

Urquhart decided to race after seeing the movie “The Bucket List,” which stars Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman as two terminal cancer patients who undertake activities they desire to do before they ‘kick the bucket.’ “I just thought it should be on my bucket list,” Urquhart said of racing. “I just thought it would be something that would be fun to try.”

The Urquhart brothers will return to racing after the axle is replaced and will alternate driving for the remainder of the season.

“I think it’s got potential,” Brad Urquhart said of the Monte Carlo. “I think it’s definitely a top five car once we get things tweaked the way they’re supposed to be.”

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