Maybe the sportswriter at the Del Rio, Texas, newspaper was being
facetious long ago when he typed the identification lines under the
photograph of a father and his son.
It said: Buddy Bradshaw, 1972 Pro Stock world record holder, and Alan Bradshaw, future record-holder, 2002.
Alan Bradshaw was four years old at the time. “I had my dad’s helmet
on my head and it was sitting on my shoulders,” Bradshaw says now.
Then again, maybe the sportswriter had an unobstructed view of the future.
By 2003, Alan Bradshaw did record-setting one better. He was NHRA’s
Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Dragster world champion driving an A-Fuel
dragster. Five years later Bradshaw realized his ultimate goal – to
contend for the Top Fuel championship.