Bert Young Culpepper Jr.1
|Father*||Bert Young Culpepper (27 Mar 1916 - 12 Jan 1972)|
|Mother*||Mildred Roxie Parsons (12 Apr 1919 - )|
|Charts||Henry Culpepper Jr. of Norfolk Co., VA: Descendant Chart|
|Last Edited||28 Oct 2012|
- Dirt-Track Veteran Listens to His Heart:
Bert Culpepper is Retiring, Heeding His Bodies Warning Signs
By Frank Vehorn, Staff Writer, 23 May 1995, The Virginian-Pilot, Page: C6
Race-car driver Bert Culpepper is going out a champion, but it isn't his idea.
The veteran dirt-track driver from Chesapeake confirmed Monday that he is ending a 19-year career on area tracks because of a heart problem that forced him to cut short his last two starts at Southampton Speedway, near Capron.
Culpepper is the defending Late Model Sportsman champion at the track, where he won the last race he completed.
"I push a lot of things to a certain limit, but I ain't crazy," Culpepper said. "I hate to quit, because I still enjoy racing and I haven't lost the edge. But I got to do it."
Culpepper, 53, missed most of the 1993 season after suffering a heart attack during a preseason test at Southampton.
He resisted the wishes of his wife, Carol, and returned to racing last year to win the Late Model Sportsman title by 12 points over Mike Shearin. He was looking forward to making another run at the championship until the heart problem arose.
Culpepper said his heart rate accelerated from 70 to 170 beats per minute when his adrenalin began pumping just before restarts during caution periods, and he felt some pain for a few seconds.
"It really started in the first race of the season," Culpepper said, "but we didn't have many cautions during the first few races. Then, in the next race, we had a couple of real quick cautions and it just seemed I was a little more intense than I had been. I decided I had better get off the track before I had the `big one.' "
- Find a Grave (online database)
Culpepper Family Cemetery, Off Old Mill Road, Chesapeake (city), VA
+ Culpepper, Elizabeth Ann 32541914, died (at birth) Apr. 10, 1965, "Daughter of Bert and Carol."