April 11 & 12, 2014 - After a disappointing practice night for his Late Model debut at Kern County Raceway which spilled over into the first practice session on race day, the exhausted, stellar Buddy Shepherd Racing Crew discovered the problem with the car, eliminated it, and the 14 year old was wheeling the D'ANGELOS' AUTOMOTIVE & INDUSTRIAL COATINGS, AXALTA, Cow-Boy Bail Bonds, Advanced Distribution, H&S Body Works and Towing, DC's RV Center, RTS, RaceHard, Crystal Pools and friends, HONDO, Inc. Schaeffer's Racing Oil hot rod to his personal best lap times on the track!
In "welcoming" D'ANGELOS' AUTOMOTIVE & INDUSTRIAL COATINGS, AXALTA, DC's RV Center, HONDO, Inc. and our "continued" sponsors for their support in the 2014 season, Cow-Boy Bail Bonds, Advanced Distribution, H&S Body Works and Towing, DC's RV Center, RTS, RaceHard, Crystal Pools and friends, HONDO, Inc., and Schaeffer's Racing Oil the kid made us all proud as he drove his hot rod home by qualifying 5th fastest (missing the dash only by one position) and earning 2 impressive fourth place finishes for the night! Once again his performance exceed the expectations of all, and gained respect from his newly expanded family in the Late Model Division class.
The team's goal now is to focus on turning wrenches to get Buddy's hot rod blistering fast! They only had a short time to make chassis changes after they chased and discovered the mechanical issue, but it was enough for Buddy to get some AWESOME, FAST seat time for the race. "It's SO fun, I'm hungry for more speed and racing with these great drivers out here!", said Buddy. "My crew is AMAZING, they never gave up, kept digging, and worked their butts off to give me a great car to race, thanks Joel Askew, Tom Barton, Gary Spangle, Kenny Cleveland, Jeff Schrader, Derek Thorn and dad for all your hard work and giving it your ALL this weekend and all the hours away from the track. And, thanks to their families for sharing them with me, couldn't have done it without ALL of your dedication and commitment!", he added.
Come out and watch Buddy in his next Late Model race at KCRP on April 26th.