Track championship, NASCAR rookie title among hometown racer’s goals
PLATTSBURGH, NY – Bucko Branham, one of the North Country’s all-time winningest stock car drivers, is returning to top-tier competition at Airborne Park Speedway in 2015. The Plattsburgh, NY favorite and 2014 Late Model track champion is moving up for a full season in the J&S Steel Modified division of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) and joins a growing list of racers headed to the premier class.
Among Branham’s 57 career victories at Airborne are six wins in open-wheel Modifieds. He’ll return to the class this year hoping to make a run at not only the track championship but also NWAAS Rookie of the Year honors. As a first-time NWAAS Division I license holder, Branham will be considered a rookie in the NASCAR program and hopes to follow the lead of reigning track champion Nick Heywood, who took both the National and New York State Rookie of the Year crowns in 2014.
Branham has acquired proven equipment for his Modified return, and will campaign a chassis driven to multiple victories by Jessey Mueller. Branham pulled double-duty in 2014, driving his own car in the Late Model division while serving as Mueller’s crew chief, and has an intimate knowledge of the chassis.