04/16/12Opening Night Nets Mixed Results for Budzo Racing
The 2012 maiden voyage for our race team didn’t end exactly as planned, but it was a decent beginning nonetheless. A total of 41 IMCA northern sportmods signed in at 141 Speedway on Saturday night to do battle, with only 20 transferring to the feature.
On a track where passing is at a premium, the luck of the draw on opening night was the ticket to success in all the heat races. I drew a 3 out of the bucket for feature position, but unfortunately drew a high number for heat race position.
Our draw set us up with a starting spot outside of row 3 for the heat race, and it was hard to make up ground in the early going. I was pinned behind Jarred VanLaanen and on the outside of Ryan LeMieux for most of the contest, finally getting by VanLaanen at the end to finish in 7th.
I would start in the same position for the semi-feature, which got off to a rocky start. Most of the field was not ready for the start of the race, as notice on the Raceceiver was at the last minute while we were at a slow pace on the backstretch. Even though I was several car lengths back of my starting spot, I was able to run a good line around the outside to secure a 4th place finish.
That finish would not be good enough to transfer to the feature, as only the top 2 out of each semi-feature would transfer. On the plus side, the car handled very well during the semi-feature, and we left the track without any repairs to make for next weekend.
Right now our plan is to run at 141 Speedway this coming Saturday, with a possibility of heading out to Seymour Speedway for their regular season opener as well. As always, remember to check out Budzo Racing on the web at www.budzoracing.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/budzoracing, on YouTube at youtube.com/budzoracing and on Twitter at twitter.com/budzoracing.