Thought’s And Prayers Go Out To Local Racing Legend

Thought’s And Prayers Go Out To Local Racing Legend

by January 4, 2013 2 comments

rudyI ran into a local racing legend today and he really needs our thoughts and prayers right now.  I was at MUSC in Charleston to visit my stepfather, as I went to step into the elevator there was Rudy Branham laying on a hospital bed being moved from one floor to the other.  It was so unexpected that it took me a second to realize that it wasn’t my imagination, I really did recognize this guy.

Rudy won a lot of races and wrecked a lot of cars at the Florence Motor Speedway a decade or so ago when I first started hanging around the track.  In the past few years Rudy has had some health problems and he lost his wife in July but it always makes me smile when I see that #28 Late Model or Super Truck roll out and get ready to race.

I only spoke with Rudy for a few seconds today, he was headed for a room and I was headed up to see my stepfather but it seems he’s sick and they aren’t really sure what is wrong with him.  He seem in good spirits and smiled and laughed.  I told Rudy we would be thinking about him this weekend as we run the New Year’s 3oo at the Dillon Motor Speedway.  That got a laugh.

As we start the new year let’s take a moment to say a prayer for Rudy and for everyone who’s health may keep them away from the track.  The racing community is a very small, very close one and when one of our own is sick it affects us all.

Christopher Neal
Christopher is a happily married father of 3 very active boys. He is a full time law enforcement officer and part time web designer. Chris is currently the chief editor of as well as has personal blog

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  1. Paul Jefferson Miller III
    #1 Paul Jefferson Miller III 6 January, 2013, 05:18

    Let’s accept the life God has given us with all our emotions and let him deal with the rest. My prayer is for a speedy diagnosis and a vital restoration of health. Stay strong Rudy!

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    • Jimmy Cameron
      Jimmy Cameron 8 January, 2013, 12:03

      Sorry to hear of your sickness. We really hope you get well & get well soon. All of our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God give those doctors the knowledge to find a diagnosis along with a cure soon. You are truly a great man. With all the comfort God can allow you & your family in this time of sickness & need, Jimmy (Jimbo) Cameron (im just a phone call away 843-616-7288 cellphone#) dont hesitate to call.

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