Old School DRIVERS
Dave Bradway SR.
The 100 winningest drivers MY EYES have seen - By Bobby Gerould - Last updated October 3, 2005. Rocklin, CA. …Here is a fun project that anyone can do. Try to re-trace all the races that you have been to in your lifetime, and list the winners of each feature your eyes have seen. It takes time; I've been working on my list literally for about six years. About once a month I take a few hours and dig through old programs, do Google searches, read journals, and use Kevin Eckert's website to try to find the race winners I saw. For the sake of clarity - I am including any race where I was on the grounds - even the ones I may have slept through as a three year old. My Dad was an announcer of super-modified, and sprint car events on the West Coast. From birth I went to West Capital Raceway (W. Sacramento, CA.) on Saturdays. Later, as Dad did more writing, and announcing we included Friday nights at Chico CA. and special events at Dixon CA. into the mix. As a teenager and college student I worked for NARC and hit all the major Northern California dirt tracks. Adult work for USAC, the World of Outlaws, and others has blessed us with the opportunity to see many tracks across the USA, and into Canada. The results of all this logging and work will be a historical log that I can always go back to for reflection. Over the course of the next 100 weeks, HammerDownUSA.com will list a driver in a countdown of the driver who MY EYES have seen win the most feature races. My list will obviously reflect my environment. It will not be a list of who I consider to be the greatest drivers ever. That would be subjective, and impossible. But I can scientifically list the best drivers I have seen. This list is a fun project for me and I hope you will enjoy the journey to naming number one. ...#100 Perry James Jr. - Elverta, CA. - 2 wins. #99 Mitch Sue - Live Oak, CA. - 2 wins. #98 - Peter Murphy - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia / Oakhurst, CA. 2 wins. #97 Johnny Tiner - Rio Linda, California. 2 wins. # 96 Ed Organ, Napa CA. - 2 wins. #95 Lee Brewer Jr. - Memphis, TN. - 2 wins. #94 Johnny Pearson, Stockton, CA. two wins. #93 Dave Bradway SR - Fair Oaks, CA. - Two wins.
…I am thankful to have caught the last years of the career Dave Bradway SR. I am also sure that I saw him win more than two features but alas two wins is all I can verify at this time. The reason I think I saw him win more was that he ran away with the Limited Modified championship at West Capital Raceway in 1977, and 1978. When the 'Limiteds' came to support the Super Modified class on Saturday nights - it was Bradway SR. who was the class of the field. He had the points title clinched in 1978 with about a month left in the season. I remember him as a smooth, calculating driver that knew how to bring a car home. He is in the history books as the fastest Limited Modified driver ever at West Cap - holding the track record for the class at 13.529 seconds on the quarter-mile clay oval (September 15, 1979). He also won back-to-back modified track titles at Silver Dollar Speedway (Chico, CA.) in 1977 and 1978. The two feature wins I witnessed for sure were at West Capital and Ernie Purssell Memorial Speedway in Grass Valley, CA. The April 29, 1979 win at Grass Valley was an open-competition show. The West Capital win came on June 25, 1977 in the 'limiteds'. Bradway SR. was the modified champion at Placerville Speedway in 1982, and 1983. He drove sprint cars as well, piloting the Jack Gordon #1c.
Dave Bradway SR. was impossible to out-point in the Limited Modifieds at West Capital Raceway in the late 70's. (Photo courtesy of WestCapitalRaceway.com)