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Brad Burton Caps 2011 with Two Wins at Las Vegas Bracket Nationals at LVMS

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K&N's Brad Burton capped off his 2011 season by winning two of the four days at the Las Vegas Bracket Nationals run at LVMS.
K&N's Brad Burton capped off his 2011 season by winning two of the four days at the Las Vegas Bracket Nationals run at LVMS.
West Coast drag racers were once again treated to one of the most important bracket races in the western United States when Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosted the 10th Annual Bracket Nationals at The Strip.

"Dad and I went to Las Vegas for Thanksgiving for their high dollar bracket race and I won two of the four days in Pro, and ended up winning the points for the four day race. Dad didn't do too bad either, with a quarter final finish Thursday and third round losses Friday, Saturday, and Sunday," reported Golden, Colorado's Brad Burton. "After what was a pretty rough year for me, it was great to end the year with some wins, which were hard to come by in 2011."
Burton Racing had their best year to date in 2010, with Brad winning two national events, a divisional, along with reaching the runner-up spot at another divisional.
Burton Racing had their best year to date in 2010, with Brad winning two national events, a divisional, along with reaching the runner-up spot at another divisional.


Brad and his father, Scott, are entering their seventh year racing together as a team and both race Stock Eliminator. Scott started racing in 1998, competing in his 1971 Pontiac Formula Firebird, and back in 2004, Brad and Scott began building the 1972 Firebird that Scott runs. Although they receive a tremendous amount of support from family and friends, the two do most of the maintenance, crewing and research and development by themselves.

"I had done well at this race in previous years and I was feeling very comfortable with my car and driving this year," Brad told K&N. "As a competitive driver, I expect to do well at every race and I want to win every race. We all know that can't happen, but you have to go into these races with the right state of mind and attitude. Winning the points total in Las Vegas was unexpected as there were many good drivers there. You never go into something thinking you are going to win points totals. You take it race by race, and day by day, and set up small goals to reach a big one. First you have to win a round, then you have to win a race, and maybe then that leads to winning multiple races. After you do that, then you can think about winning championships and points totals."
Scott Burton started racing Stock Eliminator back in 1998 in his '71 Firebird.
Scott Burton started racing Stock Eliminator back in 1998 in his '71 Firebird.


The K&N sponsored driver said he definitely feels that ending the 2011 season with a couple of wins boosts his confidence and momentum heading into 2012. "You always want to end the year strong because you have three months of downtime. I hope to carry the momentum I had in Las Vegas into this coming season and come out strong in February."

Brad and Scott kick off their 2012 season racing in Pomona, California at the NHRA Winternationals at Pomona Raceway. "I plan on hitting a lot of races and hopefully getting back to my 2010 form and run for another national championship," remarked Brad. In 2010 Burton Racing had their best season to date, with Brad winning two national events and a divisional, along with reaching the runner-up spot at another divisional.

"As I said earlier though, you can never think about championships until you complete your smaller goals. My first goal this year is to go to Pomona and win a round, and then win the race."

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