Staples Finds Good Fit in Limited Late Models
Brad Staples was looking to get into racing a few years ago. One night, a talk with late model driver Dustin Bluhm provided some direction.
“Dustin Bluhm moved to Herman; me and him were in the bar one night talking about race cars,” Staples said. “I told him I was going to look at a streeter, and he said what the hell would you do that for, get a limited late model.”
So that’s what the now 25-year-old from Herman did, buying a Limited Late Model. Now in his fourth season, he has 12 career wins, including two this season — one at Madison on June 12 and another at I-94 Sure Step Speedway on June 18. Wins aren’t easy in the Limited Late Models as the competition has gotten better.
“It’s getting a lot tougher,” Staples said. “The first couple of years, you had a chance very night. Now there’s a lot of tough guys. Everybody’s getting fast, everybody’s pretty competitive, wherever you go.
Staples grew up helping some local drivers, and there was a successful driver right from his hometown he followed — modified driver Scot Danzeisen, who is a 10-time modified champion at Viking and four-time super stock champion. He is slated to go into the Viking Hall of Fame this summer.
“Scot Danzeisen is from Herman, I always grew up watching him,” Staples said.
It didn’t take Staples long to get a win — he won at Viking Speedway on July 14, 2018 during his first season behind the wheel.
“I didn’t think it was real,” Staples said. “When I crossed the finish line I could have sworn there were people in front of me.”
The Limited Late Model class was new to the area a few years ago. For many, there was a learning curve for everyone.
“Setup on the car — not being around a late model before, learning how to set it up is the biggest thing . Dustin was a huge help with that,” Staples said. “And learning how to drive it.”
He’s having a good year in 2021, with two feature wins and six top five finishes in 11 starts. He missed the first few nights at I-94 Sure Step Speedway so the point title is out of reach there; however he is in a three-way tie at Madison with Brady Mellendorf and Tony Croninger.
“I’d like to be track champion somewhere, either I-94 or Madison. We missed first two nights at I-94, so we’re hoping for Madison still,” Staples said. “We’re hoping to get a big win somewhere, something that’s a big accomplishment.”
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