PORTAGE, Wis. (May 11, 2021) – Brady Bill’s beard may have him looking like a grizzled veteran racer, but the 22-year-old racer is on his way up the ranks with an eye on the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series – and he has a past Champion in his corner.
Bill will be chasing EPYK Media Rookie of the year honors with help from Super Star Motorsports and 2011 Alive For Five (renamed to TUNDRA in 2012) Champion Frank Kreyer.
Prior to stepping into the short track racing scene, Bill raced motocross. A very physically demanding sport gave Bill an excellent grounds for the speed and adrenaline of short track racing, but that didn’t necessarily translate to the shop and setups.
“We just started racing cars about three years ago and we had no clue what we were doing. We were just at the track wrenching by ourselves,” Bill recalled of his earlier days in the sport. “I ran into Frank and he helped us one night. We gained almost half a second. So, I thought, I want to have this guy help us.”
The partnership has paid dividends already. Bill collected honors as the 2019 Dells Raceway Park Late Model Rookie of the Year in 2019. Last season he was the UMA 602 Late Model Champion at Dells Raceway Park.
“We’ve been hooked up with him and It’s just awesome,” Bill said. “He sets the car up at the shop and he’s teaching me how to set things up. We get to the track and it’s pretty good right out of the box normally.”
Kreyer echoes the same sentiments about Bill. Having worked with young racers in the past, Kreyer recognizes the talent and poise of Bill behind the wheel. He feels his background in motocross has put him in good position to find success on the short tracks. He expects to see Bill running up front at many races this season.
“My main goal is to get rookie of the year and get at least one feature win,” Bill said. “That would be awesome. That’s the main goal for sure.”
Bill opened some eyes in his first Super Late Model race of 2021 at Dells Raceway Park. He qualified into through a grueling qualifying session filled with heavy hitters. He then closed in on two past TUNDRA Champions and top runners in the Midwest.
“We got up to Third right away,” Bill recalled of the Icebreaker. “We started catching Johnson and Zehr, I honestly about went into shock. I got to his bumper, made a mistake and spun him around. That’ll happen. Rookie mistake. We’ll learn from it and try not to do it again.”
The quickness of what happens in a Super Late Model race may have bit Bill at Dells, but he certainly didn’t shy away from the speed. Participating in a practice last week at Wisconsin International Raceway, Bill got a new dose of high-speed action.
“The first couple times out I was white-knuckling the wheel. You’re moving pretty good,” he said of the half-mile. “Now we’ve got the car pretty dialed it. We’re getting comfortable out there and that’s the main part now is just to get the laps and learn the line.”
Bill makes his TUNDRA Super Late Model Series debut this Saturday, May 15 in Great Lakes Testing Round One at Wisconsin International Raceway. Qualifying is scheduled for 12:30 pm and racing is slated for 2 pm. TUNDRA will be joined by the Midwest Dash Series, WIR ¼-Mile Late Models, and Wisconsin Sport Trucks.
Wisconsin International Raceway is located past the intersection of Highways 55 and KK just outside of Kaukauna, Wis. For more information visit http://www.wirmotorsports.com