Budzo Racing

07/08/15Late Caution Spoils Chance at $1,000 Payday for Budzo Racing

John Soukup Memorial Thunderhill

Photo by Dan Lewis Photography – www.danlewisphoto.net

With Luxemburg Speedway not running the sportmod division this past Friday night, we made the trip south to Manitowoc Speedway for the first time this season. SixFour Promotions put us on the card with the IRA sprint car special, offering us a $750-to-win/$75-to-start show.

The heat lineups were determined by a pill draw, with a passing points system in play for transferring to the night’s feature. We drew a 48 out of 50, putting us alone in the final row of our heat. Starting 7th, I was able to pass two cars and ended up finishing in 5th.

The points we accumulated were not enough to transfer directly to the feature, so we lined up on the outside of the front row for a semi-feature. The bottom lane proved to be dominant for most of the night, and after several attempts to pass for the lead, I settled back down to the bottom groove to finish in 3rd, which transferred us to the feature.

Unfortunately the feature did not go as planned, as we only made a handful of laps before suffering damage to the LR wheel. The damage was severe enough to upset the car, and I decided it was best to pull off the track to avoid any more potential damage.

On Sunday night, we headed up to Thunderhill Raceway for the $1,000-to-win John Soukup Memorial special event. The event was a draw/re-draw event, and my heat race draw put us 3rd on the starting grid. After a battle with Kyle Raddant in the race for the 2nd spot, I was able to make the pass and settled for the runner-up finish.

I was fortunate enough to pick the best re-draw number out of the bucket for the feature, setting us up on the pole for the 40 lap main event. I took the early lead and lead all 20 laps of the first session.

We took a 10 minute break to adjust our cars for the second 20 lap session, and it was more of the same as I led the field around in the late stages of the race. I had a small cushion on the field when a caution flag flew with 9 laps remaining. That would prove to be the difference, as Josh Lambert shot to the outside on the restart and found enough bite to pull away for the win.

With that, we finished in 2nd place in the John Soukup Memorial for the 2nd year in a row, taking home a nice payday that definitely helps our cause for the remainder of the 2015 season.

This weekend, we’ll be racing at Luxemburg Speedway on Friday night, and back up to Thunderhill Raceway on Sunday night. Remember to check out Budzo Racing on the web at budzoracing.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/budzoracing, on Twitter at twitter.com/budzoracing, on YouTube at youtube.com/budzoracing and on Instagram at instagram.com/budzoracing.