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Brad Urquhart
Brad Urquhart

Urquhart wins Street Stocks main in Barona Speedway season finale


Saturday, January 5th, 2013
Issue 01, Volume 17.
Joe Naiman
Valley News Correspondent


The Barona Speedway season came to an end Nov. 10, 2012, and on that night Brad Urquhart won the Street Stocks main event.

"That was pretty cool," Urquhart said.

The race was Urquhart’s second at Barona Speedway in the 1978 Nova he purchased from Gary Hartsuyker in August 2012 and his third overall in the Nova. Urquhart made his Street Stocks debut Oct. 13, 2012, at Barona Speedway and finished second in the main event. Urquhart drove the car at Perris Auto Speedway on Oct. 27, 2012, but did not finish after contact in the first lap.

"Another car went dead sideways and planted me into the wall," Urquhart said.

The Nova had a flat right rear tire, and the car was also overheating after the contact.

"The car went around for a few more laps," Urquhart said. "Kind of limped in."

Urquhart and his crew were able to repair the car in time for the Nov. 10, 2012, Barona race. There was no practice the night before due to rain. "It rained pretty good," Urquhart said. "They had to cancel the inside track activity because of the moisture."

Other than those inside track races during intermission, the races went on as scheduled Nov. 10, 2012.

"The main track actually turned out to be in great condition," Urquhart said.

The track crew graded the quarter-mile oval that day.

"It actually graded out really nice," Urquhart said. "It made the conditions really consistent all the way around the track, which I like."

Urquhart ran practice laps prior to the heat race.

"During hot lapping the car felt really good," he said.

Hartsuyker witnessed the hot laps and Advertisement
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subsequently informed Urquhart that the driver was hitting his driving lines and looked comfortable on the track.

"I liked the way the car was driving," Urquhart said. "Everything seemed fine during the hot laps."

That kept Urquhart from detecting a problem which would occur during the heat race. "There was no hint of any loose wires or anything during the hot laps or during the first part of the heat race," he said.

Urquhart began the eight-lap heat race on the pole position and took an early lead. "I tried to focus on hitting my lanes and not overdriving the car into the corners," he said.

"The car felt smooth and was handling beautifully," Urquhart said.

Urquhart’s pit crew consisted of two father-and-son combinations: Rod and James Robison and Gary and Everett Hartsuyker. Rod Robison and Everett Hartsuyker were able to secure the distributor wire so that Urquhart could race in the main event.

Urquhart stayed in the lead through the checkered flag. David Dvorak finished second. "The fact that I won the season finale here feels pretty good, but most of all it feels great to win the race in front of my wife."

Carol Urquhart is battling lobular breast cancer. The Nov. 10, 2012, race was the only one during the season she was able to attend.

Not only did Urquhart win on the final night of the 2012 season, but he also won the year’s first two Pure Stocks races in the Monte Carlo which hit the track wall head-on Aug. 18, 2012.

This year Urquhart was sponsored by Eagle Eye Fabrication, Fallbrook Auto Works, and Fallbrook Fertilizer Feed and Farm Supply.


 

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