April 2, 2016 - Finishing P19 in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West NAPA Auto Parts 150 event at Kern County Raceway Park, was not the outcome Buddy had hoped for in his third K&N West career start, first for the 2016 racing season.
Without any previous days' practice in the HALL AMBULANCE, H&M MOTORSPORTS, H&S BODY WORKS and TOWING, JPR hot rod, Buddy brought his A+ wheeling game in the two short practices on race day. Him and his team, crew chiefed by Jason Jefferson, found the key in the last few minutes of the second/last practice session. A few minor adjustments were made before he qualified, unfortunately not for the better, put him P12 on the board when qualifying was in the books. The #55 hot rod went to impound until the main event.
After an amazing group of Buddy's fans joining him on the track for the autograph session, racing began with the K&N West main starting at 9pm. Buddy has the BEST fans in the racing world, they cheered and chanted him, the loudest of ALL drivers there! It was SO loud that the flags on the flag poles blew straight out from their pleasure.
Buddy's night was cut short though, ending his goal of bettering his best finish of third at Meridian Speedway in Idaho as an oil line detached itself from the frame, dropping onto the header and melting a hole right through it on lap 4. Buddy thought the motor blew, the smoke entered the cockpit, his spotter told him to back it down and come into the pits.
Thinking his night was completely over in just 4 laps, the JPR team went to work, making repairs and getting him back in the race, only to be 28 laps down. Buddy with the speed, skill and determination, passed several cars throughout the remaining laps of the race. The down side to it all was that NASCAR would line him up at the rear of the field at the beginning of each restart because of the number of laps lost. Buddy never gave up, he kept digging!
Buddy wants to Thank everyone who supports him through the good and bad races, never give up on your dreams, always dig!
Next Race: April 16, 2016 - Kern County Raceway Park - Late Model