May 26, 2017 - Buddy received a call from Teddy & Jennifer Brown/On Point Performance/NEXTGEN MOTORSPORTS for the opportunity of a lifetime to practice one of their K&N East hot rods at Motor Mile Speedway in Fairlawn, Virginia.
Everything was set in motion, flying out Wednesday from the west coast, practice at Motor Mile on Thursday, and returning on Friday. However, due to the weather only a few days before flying out practice was postponed to Friday.
Thursday was no loss, with an invite to drive to Lake Norman, NC to the Brown's racing facility to get fitted to the car. With their down to earth southern hospitality, they planned an amazing heart of the country racing tour of Monster Energy Cup shops, speed shops, met with vendors we do business with, and of course Lake Norman. And it didn't stop there...
Dinner at Lancaster's, with the Brown Family and crew, a delicious barbeque/race fan eatery, displaying hoods, pictures, memorabilia of past and present cup drivers and a bus! Yes, a bus that you can actually eat inside, located inside of the eatery! It was awesome..
Following dinner was a delightful evening, meeting with Jose and Art Sabates and their family at Art's home on Lake Norman. They were so welcoming, great conversation, with encouraging words for Buddy. Then it was back to the hotel for a little shut eye, and to practice on Friday.
Buddy didn't disappoint during the six hour practice session with the team. He showed his west coast driving talent with impressive lap times and feedback on the car. They were ecstatic with his driving and communication skills. He is so appreciative to the Brown's for their hospitality and giving him this opportunity. It was definitely a great experience, and hopes to drive for them in the future.
After practice it was off to the airport to catch the flight home, arriving at LAX on Saturday morning at 12:30am!