August 26, 2017 - Wheeling the Jefferson Pitts Racing #27 hot rod to a sixth place finish in his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race of the 2017 season at Douglas Co. Speedway in Roseburg, Oregon in front of a record crowd.
Even though it was his first time ever racing on the 3/8 asphalt track, it was clear that when Buddy's name was announced for the start of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West CLINT NEWALL TOYOTA 150 presented by NAPA AUTO PARTS race, he was by far the fan favorite of the 21 car field, in the packed grandstands at Douglas County Speedway.
With no scheduled practice on Friday night, Saturday was a very fast paced day, only two 45 minute practice sessions, group qualifying, and the 150 lap event. Buddy took advantage of his track time, was fifth fastest at the end of practice. Unfortunately, with one bobble in qualifying he earned P9, starting him P9 in the race.
Starting P9, he drove hard in the field of stout drivers. With his respectful race style, maneuvering himself pass drivers on the one groove track, with the most exciting side-by-side, lap after lap racing besides a veteran driver. Buddy taking the sixth position away from him, going on to put a whole straightaway between him and seventh place after the pass. Clocking faster lap times than all five cars in front of him, only to run out of laps in catching and challenging the top 5.
Buddy describing this opportunity as humbling, appreciates the decision of JPR for choosing him to wheel one of their hot rods. In choosing this opportunity, Buddy gave up the points lead in the RPM Mortgage Open Late Model Series at Madera Speedway.
Next Race: September 23, 2017 - Madera Speedway - Open Late Models