March 11, 2017 - Buddy and his team "came in hot" to the track with the fastest hot rod the entire weekend. They topped the board in practice Friday night, qualified P1, pulled number eight staring position, and a shortened race by three minutes before curfew, with five laps to go, Buddy and team claimed second place honors in the 125 lap short track race.
Buddy started fourth row outside, careful maneuvering through the field, he found himself leading on lap 20! A red flag halted the field on lap 20, Buddy's motor was getting warmer than he would like so he relinquished his lead to come into the hot pit. His stellar crew figured out the issue, and got him back out without being down any laps before the field went green.
Restarting from the rear of the 24 car field, he once again, carefully maneuvered his hot rod through the field, claiming his lead once again by the end of the first seventy-five lap segment. When he pulled into the pits for the break, his hot rod didn't have a scratch on it proving his patience and young gentleman like racing talents.
When the race resumed for the remaining fifty laps, Buddy's hot rod proved again to be lightening fast. He managed to get amazing restarts and again driving with patience. There were yellows and restarts, from overaggressive driving in the field behind him. On the very last restart of the race, the green was jumped by the second place driver, it wasn't called back, and the checkered flag flew with three minutes remaining and 5 laps to go.
He thanked his crew and sponsors for all their hard work and support. And dedicated the night to a great man and sponsor who passed earlier in the week, Ron Zajicek/Ron's Rear Ends.
Next Race: April 22, 2017 @ Kern County Raceway Park - Spears Southwest Tour