04/27/15Budzo Racing Kicks Off 2015 Season with 2nd Place Finish at Thunderhill
Photo by Dan Lewis Photography – www.danlewisphoto.net
After getting in a few laps the prior week at Thunderhill Raceway, we were all set to start our 2015 campaign at the track where we captured the 2014 championship.
A total of 13 sportmods signed in for opening night. With the draw/redraw format in effect, we tried our luck at pulling a number towards the front of the field.
Our heat race draw put us in the 4th starting spot on the grid. I ran in the 4th spot for the opening set of laps, until a caution flag re-racked the field. On the restart, I fell back to 5th, and didn’t have a great handling car to put up much of a fight. I ended up finishing 5th, which was good enough to keep my feature redraw spot.
Our redraw for the feature put us 5th on the starting grid, and we set the car up to run the bottom groove. Within a few laps, I worked my way up to the 3rd position, trying to chase down Todd Wiese and Randy LeMieux Jr. At the midway point, I was closing in on LeMieux, when a caution flag flew on lap 11. LeMieux chose to take the outside lane on the restart, and I grabbed 2nd from him on the bottom groove. I slipped up a little with about 4 laps remaining, allowing LeMieux to gain momentum on the outside. We raced to the checkers, and I was able to hold him off to secure 2nd at the line.
We have a few setup adjustments already made for next weekend. We will be running at Luxemburg Speedway on Friday night for their season opener, and heading back up to Thunderhill on Saturday night.
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