April 14, 2018 - Buddy wheeling the family owned #22 hot rod, with backing from AXALTA, FINISHMASTERS, Advanced Distribution, Schaeffer's Racing Oil, The Wilson Motorsports Team, and The Campbell Motorsports Team, impressively made stout laps around the 5/8 high banked oval on Kern County Raceway Park for Race #2 of the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series.

Arriving at the track Thursday afternoon for practice, The Shepherd Racing Team family owned #22 hot rod proved to be a car to be reckoned with as the afternoon progressed.  Feeling good about their efforts, and returning on Friday for more laps/seat time, setting the car in P2 for the overall combined practices.  

Anticipating an exciting return for Saturday/Race Day, making more stout laps, Buddy placing the team P3 on the qualifying board in a stellar field of thirty cars!  After qualifying, cars were put into impound until pushing it out for the On Track Autographs with the fans, then back into impound until main event time.  

Buddy and the remaining top 8 qualifiers redrew for their staring positions on the front stretch, Buddy drawing P8, starting him on the outside of the fourth row for the 100 lap main event. 

With only a few yellows throughout the race, planning to save tires for a late run, one car dumped oil down the back straightaway.  Once all four tires on the #22 hot rod hit the oil slick, it was game on saving the car from destruction.  Gathering his hot rod up, Buddy made a superb  save, motoring his way to the yellow.  When the track was clean, remaining laps were run and Buddy crossed the start/finish line in his third Top 5 finish in three races for 2018!

Kudos to Buddy's crew and their families for all of their hard work and dedication.:  Mike Keen, Nick Sivesind, Loren Hill, Tony Lamas, Gabe Scheer, Rob, Gary Spangle, my dad and mom

Taking a bow to all Buddy's fans who came out to cheer him on!

Next Race:  May 5, 2018 @ The Bullring at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway - SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series, Race #3.

Race On!!!