05/11/15Pair of Runner-Up Finishes for Budzo Racing
Photo by Dan Lewis Photography – www.danlewisphoto.net
Coming off a good weekend of racing, we were ready to continue our strong start to the 2015 season at Luxemburg Speedway and Thunderhill Raceway.
On Friday at Luxemburg, I was able to squeak by in the heat race to finish in an invert position for the night’s feature. I would start 5th on the grid, running the inside line around the 1/3-mile for the opening few laps. A caution put me on the outside for a restart, and I followed Todd Wiese to jump up to the 3rd spot.
A race long battle with Hunter Parsons and Jarred VanLaanen ensued, and I was able to get by VanLaanen on the inside late in the race to overtake the 2nd spot. I began to chase down Wiese for the lead, but the checkers flew only 3 laps after securing the runner-up position.
On Saturday at Thunderhill, we kept our nose clean in the heat race, setting us up in the 7th spot in the feature. The bottom groove didn’t provide as much traction as the high line did, and I struggled to make a pass in the first half of the race. A caution flag flew midway through the feature, and I used the outside to shoot from 7th into a battle for 3rd in 1 lap.
A close encounter with a spinning Tom Stark almost ended the night for myself and Randy LeMieux, Jr., but I was able to avoid Stark and continue the challenge for 2nd. I passed LeMieux around the outside a lap later, and looked to run down the leader, Cody Rass. I closed to within 3 car lengths in the final laps, finishing the night in the runner-up spot.
Another solid weekend of racing has us off to a torrid start to the year. We already have 1 feature win and 3 2nd place finishes in only 5 nights of racing thus far. We will be back at Luxemburg on Friday and Thunderhill on Saturday this coming weekend.
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