MR. EXCITEMENT KENNY BRIGHTBILL TO RUN DIAMOND STATE 50

Kenny”MR EXCITEMENT”, will pilot the Keith Coulbourne No. 55 as a teammate to Kevin Sockriter in the May 25 event. Brightbill won the 2010 DIS track title driving for Coulbourne. Kenny Brightbill has 24 career feature wins here at Delaware International Speedway. Brightbill accomplishments here at DIS include, picking up 7 Modified feature wins during the Delaware State Dirt Track Championships. He also has 2 wins in the small block modified division and 1 win in a late model while competing in the DSDTC. This will be Brightbill’s 50th year of racing, we are honored to have him come back and compete at DIS!

Brightbill was born inReading Pennsylvania, the son of Helen Irene (Long) and Elmer Samuel Brightbill. He began his racing career in 1967 at the age of 19, at that time the local speedway had the minimum racing age of 21 years old. Kenny could not wait 2 more years to get on the track so he told the race officials he was in fact 21. In honor of his stretch of the truth he choose to make his race number (#19) to honor his real age at the time of 19.

Although Kenny scored over 441 wins at 41 different tracks all over the world, Kenny Brightbill’s major notoriety stems from his popularity and dominance at Reading Fairgrounds Speedway. From his first Reading victory April 17, 1970 through June 24, 1979, 2nd to last race at the Fairgrounds, Brightbill won 135 times. In that nine year period, there were 480 feature races. Brightbill’s Reading record: 135 wins, 303 top-five finishes, 352 top-tens, and four championships earned Brightbill a large amount of fans in and around Berks County. Additionally he won the Eastern States 200 in 1980, Super DIRT Week Syracuse 200 in 1988, 4 track championships and 43 wins at East Windsor Race Track, 37 wins at Susquehanna Speedway, 30 victories and 2 titles at Bridgeport Speedway, 29 wins at New Egypt Speedway, 8 wins at Grandview Speedway and the 1978 championship at Flemington. Kenny also gave dirt late model racing a try, registering 13 victories

Brightbill raced in 6 Sprint Cup Series features in his career, finishing with three top-tens. Kenny’s first race came in 1974, at Pocono Raceway. It was a great achievement for the rookie nascar driver, who almost finished the race but ended up falling 5 laps short to record a 10th place finish. He then raced at Dover International Speedway later that season and finishing 8th. He only had one nascar start in 1975, once again at Dover, racing for Donlavey Racing. It was the best day of Brightbill’s Nascar career, as he started 13th, finished all but 20 laps, and recorded his nascar best 7th place finish. Kenny did not race another nascar race until 1977, making 2 starts for car owner Jimmy Makar. He proved his racing skills were still superior, finishing every lap but the final six to end with a 12th place finish. Kenny then raced in Dover, not fairing as well with a 40th place finish. His last career nascar race was in 1978 at Pocono Raceway. Kenny started 26th in the field of 40, an ended the race finishing 23rd.[10]