October 8, 2016 - Buddy drove his brand new, sporty fast, never hit the track until Friday nights practice, almost breaking his own track record H&M MOTORSPORTS hot rod to the top of the qualifying board, with a 14.92 on a super hot, slick race track!
Buddy's new RaceCar Factory hot rod arrived on Tuesday afternoon to the race shop. And after his stellar team spent countless volunteer hours putting the remaining work into it, it was loaded into the race hauler Thursday night for the haul up to Madera Speedway the next morning.
Friday nights practice was amazing, bettering his time each time he hit the track, putting him P3 in all practices combined. During practice he laid down a record breaking lap when the track cooled off, a 14.89! The track record being a 14.90, set by Buddy in September of 2015 with his 12 year old 2015 championship hot rod!
With only one practice on Saturday morning, Buddy and his stellar team showed they were ready to go out and flirt with his own track record. Pulling a high number for his qualifying line up, putting him out 39th of 44 cars, Buddy had to deal with hotter, slicker track conditions than most. However, the 16 year old kid went back to his dirt roots and wheeled his new hot rod on the slick race track to top the qualifying board!
He drew P8 starting position, putting him on the outside of the fourth row for the first 75 lap session of the 125 lap, 10K to win main event. He drove through the field into the P2 position and began battling for the lead, proving his new, stout hot rod was going to be the one to beat! A yellow, and a restart later, Buddy found himself in the lead for a few laps. Another yellow, Buddy radioed in that he was coming to the hot pit as he lost power.
Unfortunately, on lap forty, Buddy did not make it back out to finish the race due to a malfunctioning distributor. Once arriving to the hot pit his stellar crew began diagnosing the problem, they found that there was power going into the distributor but no power coming out. It then began to melt and caught fire, no worries though, as soon as it caught fire, it was extinguished.
Buddy was bummed not only for himself, but for his stellar crew that spent all those countless hours getting him there to race, and all the fans that were overjoyed to have Buddy back racing at Madera Speedway. And I do mean overjoyed, they gave him the loudest cheer when he was announced, fans relayed many personal messages that were ecstatic to see him back.
Next Race: October 15, 2016 @ Kern County Park Raceway - Late Models