And the reasons are obvious.
Shaun will be racing the event that honours his late father, Ian, who passed away at just 33 years of age in 1992 from cancer.
Shaun is part of a dynasty in sprintcar racing that started with his grandfather Noel who became the first WA driver to win an Australian Sprintcar Championship – and will no doubt be part of the crowd at the memorial race this weekend.
Shaun started the season with a second to Callum Williamson in the opening round of the Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series at the Perth Motorplex last Saturday night.
He started up the front and said the plan was to get to the lead early in the feature race but said “Prydey (Jason Pryde) got the better of me on the start and I sort of got a bit angry and wasn’t driving well for the next couple of laps”.
Shaun said he “then got it together” and started chasing down both Williamson and Pryde.
“I started starting chasing Callum and he was real fast and I thought I would see what happens for a while and then he got to lapped cars and baulked a bit and I just saw an opportunity.”
Unfortunately a lack of racing fitness and not racing much last season took it’s toll on Shaun in the latter stages, saying “I fell out of the seat pretty hard and had my head leaning on the seat”.
On the second last lap, after he was under serious attack by Williamson, Shaun knew he could not hold on, conceding driver effort cost him the race.
“We could have won but that I just couldn’t hang on long enough to make the checkers,” he said.
“But we have got a meeting under our belt now and hopefully we will be better for next weekend.”
One thing for sure – if the 57 is in a similar situation this Saturday night – Shaun will be drawing on all his experience to claim the win that honours his dad and means so much to the extended Bradford clan.
“Yeah it’s one I would really like to win.”