In 1983, race promoter B.J. Parker hit upon the idea of having some of the local, dirt-late-model stars from some of the southern tracks compete in a series of races. Given the makeup of the races, it made sense to call the series the “Southern All Stars.” As luck would have it, the fans loved the series. Thirty five years later, the series is as strong as ever, and fostering new dirt-track stars everyday.
Our friends at AR Bodies, a major supporter of the Southern All-Stars series for the past 22-years, wanted to honor these dirt late-model heroes with a sponsored article featuring one of the SAS drivers every other month. The first driver they chose to present to the fans is the hard-charging driver from Spring Hill, Tennessee, Brad Skinner. “I got just the right driver for this deal. I mean … this guy’s the real deal,” said AR Bodies’ Roy Dies. “He’s really something special and going to do well in the series!”
Brad Skinner’s Recent History
Brad has racked up at least 65 feature wins that can be documented, and a few more that are on the books somewhere. 2009 was the first year that Brad piloted a late-model in competition, winning an amazing 8 out of 16 features! That 50-percent winning ratio came in the Limited Late-Model class at the Thunder Hill Raceway Park, where Brad took home the championship.
The following year, Brad was on another record-setting pace, winning 8 out of 12 features, before his season was cut short. Coming back in 2011, as a rookie in the Super Late-Model division, Brad returned to the winner’s circle, winning four features and taking home the season’s points championship at both Winchester Speedway and Duck River Raceway Park.
Brad finished fifth in points in the Southern All Stars in 2017, winning the May Thunder Hill event in Summertown, Tennessee, and coming in as the runner up in the AR Bodies challenge for competitors using the AR Bodies’ nose piece.
We asked Brad to send us some photos to use in this article. “Could you send the email to my wife’s email address,” he asked. “I don’t use a computer and all I have is this flip phone. I spend most of my time in the garage,” he explained. We could tell instantly this was a driver that wasn’t going to get into word battles with other drivers on Facebook!
2018 Southern All Stars Super Late-Model Series
Brad, a 38-year-old diesel mechanic for the Williamson County Highway Department, started the 2018 season with high spirits, but has been snake-bit in the first three races. A tough outing in the SAS season opener at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, South Carolina, resulted in an 18th-place finish. The first night of the Bash at the Beach event was rained out, but the second night of the event resulted in a 23rd-place finish when Skinner suffered header problems from an earlier crash – forcing the favorite to retire from the race.
Skinner’s troubles seemed to be over when he took the lead at Duck River Raceway Park on April 21. Dominating the race and putting distance between himself and the field, Skinner was playing the part of the local favorite. Tragedy struck again when the transmission locked up in his Super Late-Model, ending his night.
Next up for the driver, and the series, is the Talledega Short Track event on April 28th. Skinner will be looking to turn the season around and get the championship run back on track with a solid finish. Despite the early bad luck on the season, Skinner still resides in forth place in the points championship.
About AR Bodies
Known for their ability to design and create innovative products for the oval track racing industry, AR Bodies has focused on bringing these products to the marketplace at an economical price. With a wide-ranging product line from complete racecar bodies to their ubiquitous dirt late-model noses, the AR Bodies team is dedicated to providing quality products and service.
Suffering a devastating fire in 2011 that destroyed much of the business’ manufacturing facility, the team restructured and rebounded with a more efficient process than before. Today the AR Bodies crew is even more energetic in their effort to provide the latest performance enhancing bodies and accessories to racers at a reasonable price.