February 11, 2017 - Buddy out-qualifies one of the best of the best NASCAR drivers, Kyle Busch, at the Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway Park for a TOP 5 starting position!
Buddy's low budget race team rewarded theirselves with a P5 qualifying position out of 45+ professional drivers from all over the country, starting him on the inside third row for the most prestigious race on the West Coast, $30K payday! Seventeen year old Buddy sized himself up quite well against them and was happy with his well handling hot rod, crew chiefed by David Ray out of Alabama and his stellar local crew.
Holding his own and dicing it up with the drivers at the start of the 250 lap race, only for the engine to start laying down around lap 40. Buddy's night came to an end having pulling into the garage. He was disappointed for his crew and sponsors for not being able to complete the race and himself for having to pull in early with the best handling Retro Rocket to date. "SO many people helped me to get to this race tonight and it's disappointing that I couldn't diced it up with the drivers and race them to the end", said Buddy.
The engine will come out and be sent to diagnose and repairs be made in order to race it in the Spears Southwest Tour Series a few times this season. Buddy and his team would race the entire season if the funding was available to do so.
Next Race: March 11, 2017 @ Madera Speedway.