June 1, 2017 - Buddy wins Round #3 of the 51FIFTY ENERGY DRINK, MAVTV televised, RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series at Madera Speedway on Military Tribute Night! And meets his newest fan, Sabrina!
After an amazing coast to coast racing adventure, leaving Bakersfield on Wednesday, May 24thfor K&N East practice at the Motor Mile Speedway in Virginia, returning home in the very early morning hours on Saturday, May 27th at 3am, a few hours of Zzzzz, it was time to leave Bakersfield at 8:30am for Madera Speedway.
Starting the night off with fast qualifying honors, and flirting with beating his own track record, Buddy drew P8 for the start of the 100 lap main event. Meticulously passing his fellow racers, Buddy found himself in the lead on lap 37/100. Maintaining his lead at the ten minute halfway break 50/100, Buddy's stellar crew made a few adjustments per the direction of Mike Keen, on his AXALTA, FINISHMASTERS, H&M MOTORSPORTS hot rod.
The remaining half of the race only saw a few yellows. He was challenged on the restarts, but he remained focused, maintained his lead, and crossed the finish line in P1.
Who knew that he would meet his newest, biggest fan, Sabrina, that night in the Winner's Circle. Buddy saw her at the fence on the front straightaway, cheering him on the entire race! He was so excited to share his victory with her in Victory Lane, and presented her with his winner's trophy!
Concluding the celebration, he drove to tech, but there was a discrepancy. Five days after crossing the finish line in P1, with much consulting with Kenny Shepherd, Dave, and the Race Committee, it was determined that what was initially believed to be a DQ in tech inspection, was reversed. Buddy and his team have the utmost respect for their professionalism and owe them a big thank you in getting the call right. There isn't any other track in the country that would be so thorough in verifying all the details to make the decision.
Also a big thank you to the guys who got us there in Victory Lane, and to all the sponsors who got us to the track.
Next Race: June 17, 2017 @ Madera Speedway, Pro Late Model Series.