April 16, 2016 - Buddy and his stellar team celebrated in VICTORY LANE after winning their first victory of the 2016 season at Kern County Raceway Park!
The young sixteen year old and his team had their work cut out for them as there was only one practice session scheduled on race day. They made numerous changes during and after practice and sent Buddy out to qualify in a whole different hot rod.
Buddy put his HALL AMBULANCE, H&M MOTORSPORTS, D'ANGELOS, AXALTA hot rod on top the board, with a valiant qualifying run. His hot rod had to go to impound until the scheduled 40 lap main event was to line up. No changes could be made to the car, unless the driver wanted to start at the rear of the field and one lap down. Yes, one lap down!
Not knowing how racie his hot rod was going to be for the 40 lap feature, he held onto his weekly goal of completing all 40 laps. With his last handful of races plaguing him of mechanical issues, flat tires, all he wanted was to finish on the lead lap.
He earned the roll of the dice as being the fastest qualifier, rolled a "1" to start the field straight up from the qualifying order. Buddy chose to start front row outside, battled side-by-side for seven laps, edged out in front only for a yellow to come out. On the restart, he again chose the front row outside and raced side-by-side for a few laps until he inched his way into the lead. Competition was stout, he never looked back and earned his first victory of 2016!
Next Race: April 23, 2016 @ Kern Co. Raceway Park