July 15, 2017 - Driving for the Nick Sivesind/Wilson Motorsports team, Buddy found himself in Victory Lane celebrating his first career win in the Spears Manufacturing Southwest Tour Division at Madera Speedway!
Buddy received a call from Nick two weeks before the race asking him to wheel their #15 hot rod, normally driven by Lance Wilson, who unfortunately couldn't make the race due to work. Kindly accepting the humbling offer, wheeling for the first time a VanDoorn built race car, working with a great team under the direction of Butch VanDoorn/builder and crew chief of VanDoorn Racing Development. Butch flew to California from Michigan, and put a super sweet set up on the #15 hot rod.
Topping the board in practice on Saturday with the fastest lap time, qualifying P2 of a stellar 20 car field, with only a .043 gap off of the pole sitter, drawing P3 for the start of the "51 FIFTY Energy Drink 125".
It was a fast pace setting, a handful of cautions, one red, super hot night rounding Madera Speedway. After dropping back to P4 on the start, Buddy would wheel the #15 hot rod back up to third. Exciting it was, Buddy making it three wide in the middle of one/two on lap 70 battling for second. Then three wide again on the following lap in three/four, on the apron making the pass for the lead, earning him the "FLUIDYNE High Performance Move of the Race!".
Buddy saw his last restart on lap 98, powering to the lead, and crossing over the finish line for his first ever Spears Manufaturing SRL Series win!
He can't thank Nick, Butch, Charlie, Rob, Andy, Joel, Dick/dad, Kellie/mom, TiJera, family, fans, friends for the amazing opportunity and support.
Next Race: July 29, 2017, Madera Speedway - Open Late Model.