COUNT DOWN TO THE CAROLINAS – 2017
When the Must See Racing Sprint Series presented by Engine Pro (MSRSS) announced expanding their 2017 schedule to include a Southern Division with stops in North and South Carolina, few drivers were more excited than Cherryville, N.C. veteran sprint car driver Johnny Bridges.
After finishing third to National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Jeff Bloom and series Champion Jimmy McCune in last year’s American Sprint Cup Mini-Series and setting a new track record at Ohio’s Shady Bowl Speedway, the long time 360 sprint car racer is ready and anxious for the upcoming Friday April 21st Anderson Motor Speedway (SC) and Saturday April 22nd Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) season opening events.
"I love racing at both Anderson and Hickory, and I've got a lot of experience at both tracks that I feel like will really help me out against some of the northern guys that come down to contend for those races," Bridges said. "I’m getting more comfortable at Hickory after the last couple years, and I've always been real fast at Anderson; I've worked up a good rhythm there over the years and it's just always been a good track to me," Bridges smiled. “I'm we have a top-notch car to go out and run strong during the race weekend."
Bridges is the all-time track record holder at Anderson, setting the mark on July 26, 2014 with a lap of 13.040 seconds (103.528 mph) at the wheel of his No. 07 Ford-powered 360 sprint car, and won at the fast three-eighths mile track in April of that year.
Jim Hanks, series founder commented, “Johnny Bridges is a serious competitor with an unparalleled ability to control his car with the throttle and brake timing. He is a hard charger, fast and to be honest, one of the most entertaining sprint car drivers out there. The fans love watching him get after it.”
Bridges points out the Must See Racing rules -- designed to keep 360 c.i. sprint cars like his competitive against the 410 c.i. cars of the Midwest regulars like defending MSRSS champion Jimmy McCune, twotime series titlist Brian Gerster and other challengers -- as a major benefit to the Southern teams looking for success and to build their programs.
"The (100 pound) weight break that's written into the rules for 360 cars really helped us and kept things
more even and I like that (Must See Racing) has put up bonus money for the top-finishing 360s in the
main event. That's a huge help for guys like me and I hope it helps to grow the interest in the new Must
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