October 28, 2017 - Pairing up with the Wilson's Industrial Pump Team when owner, Nick Siversend asking Buddy to wheel his hot rod again. Buddy didnt disappoint, wheeling Nick Siversend/Wilson's Industrial Pump's #22 hot rod atop the qualifying board for the Spears Southwest Tour Series 101 presented by 51 Fifty Energy Drink-Bulwark-Timberland at Kern County Raceway Park.
Driving for Nick Siversend, Buddy's stellar qualifying run put the hardworking, bad to the bone Wilson's Industrial Pump team, Butch Vandoorn directing, Charlie Wilson crew chiefing on top the board in qualifying. Buddy's teammate, Lance Wilson earning a fourth place qualifying effort, equaling stout bragging rights for the Bakersfield based team.
Drawing a P3 starting position for the 101 lap event, Buddy settling in at the start in P4, moving into P3, a mysterious yellow, a restart, once again settling in for P4. Buddy held his position at the end of lap 51/half way break, setting himself up to start second row outside, the preferred line.
A short intermission with fireworks, a few adjustments, however, restarting in the P2 position after P2 & P3 either retired from the race or mandated to go to the rear of the field for the restart for changing blistered tires, placing Buddy on the pole for the restart.
Buddy driving the Wilson's Industrial Pump #22 hot rod, challenging for the lead before settling into P2. Hard charging the first ten laps on the restart, staying on the bumper of the leader, looking forward to challenging once again, Buddy's hot rod tightening up, falling back, and settling for a second place finish when the checkered flag flew. A shout out to Lance Wilson and team for their valiant effort, until retiring early due to engine woes.
A humbling honor to drive for Nick and the Wilson's Industrial Pump Team, first class, stellar equipment and bad to the bone team.
And to my newest,, greatest, bravest fan, and to my favorite Transformer... "Logan's Transformer".
Next Race: November 4, 2017 @ Kern Co. Raceway Park - NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, driving #55 for Jefferson Pitts Racing.