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Bujdoso Brings Home Best Career ARCA Finish At Kansas
Posted by: newsla on Oct 20, 2012 - 03:50 PM
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Bujdoso Brings Home Best Career ARCA Finish At Kansas


In just his third career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards start, Robert Bujdoso delivered another remarkable performance to move up and score 14th in the Kansas Lottery 98.9 on Friday night.

 

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Driving the No. 91 Checkered Express Ford prepared by Bowsher Motorsports, the five-time national karting champion scored his third consecutive top-15 finish as he contested the season finale event at Kansas Speedway in a field of 40 cars.

With the field greeted by cold and windy conditions, Bujdoso adapted to the quick one-day schedule that featured practice, qualifying and the season-ending race as ARCA staged a championship-deciding finale.

The team, which has a deep reservoir of experience in ARCA competition, worked to keep up with the changing conditions as the recently reconfigured track made for a moving target after each session saw the Hoosier Tires adding rubber to the newly-formed surface, making for a dynamic target when it came to dialing in an ultimate race set-up.

Bujdoso opened the 150-mile race from 23rd on the grid after posting a quick time of 31.386-seconds during the two-lap qualifying run. Bujdoso ran among the top-20 throughout the beginning stages of the race as he continued to gain experience around the 1.5-mile Kansas tri-oval.

While running 18th, the Bowsher Motorsports team called Bujdoso to pit road during the second full course caution for a routine pit stop of tires and fuel and his brother Andrew was part of the effort, guiding him into the pit box to hit the extended “lollypop” right on the marks.

The No. 91 returned to the order 20th in line with Bujdoso continuing to improve his lap times through a long green flag run. The quick race pace was slowed for another full course caution on Lap 58 and the Bowsher crew once again took advantage of the caution and pitted the No. 91 for fuel and tires.

Bujdoso restarted 18th and gave another strong performance as he went three wide at the green flag and moved up to 16th by the next full course caution. Staying out during the yellow, Bujdoso would restart from the 16th position and showed some very smart driving behind the wheel of the No. 91 Checkered Express Ford when the two cars directly ahead of him made contact. Bujdoso masterfully maneuvered through to escape any significant contact in what was perhaps the most exciting moment of the race for the 19-year-old Ohio racer.

“That was an exciting moment for sure!” exclaimed Bujdoso. “I saw it happening so I got on the brakes. My first reaction was to turn left because it happened on the outside so luckily I reacted soon enough and I was able to get by.”

Following the caution, the race returned to green flag running with just six laps to go and Bujdoso drove to 14th at the checkered flag.

“What a great way to end the year!” said Bujdoso following the race. “We started off 23rd and I had a really good start. I moved up a few positions and avoided all the wrecks. A lot of hard work came with this. Thanks to Bowsher and all these guys. We were able to communicate well about the car and I can’t thank them enough. It’s great. A top-15 in each of the three races I’ve done. We might not have had the best equipment out there tonight but we did everything we could to get the best out of it. Tonight was fun - the most fun I’ve had yet!”

The race saw Bujdoso continuing to learn from one of the best teams in the business as he joined Bowsher Motorsports for the second time this season.

“It was another weekend where Roby improved all weekend long,” said Team Owner Todd Bowsher. “In some ways I think he was better than the race car but that’s racing sometimes. I’m impressed with Roby. He listens, he makes good decisions on the racetrack. We witnessed that tonight with his quick reaction time in avoiding that wreck ahead of him. It’s easy to be out there racing with a guy like Roby. I’m looking forward to even bigger and better things for him. He’s got that type of potential. He’ll take these 97 laps that he ran tonight and improve on them. It’s been a pleasure to work with him and I’m a little upset it’s the last one of the year and we can’t go do another one before the year’s over, but it’ll give us something to look forward to all winter.”

The result marked Bujdoso’s third consecutive top-15 result having finished 15th at both Toledo Speedway last year and at Chicagoland Speedway earlier this year. He made his ARCA debut in last year’s season-finale at Toledo Speedway in which he won the Hard Charger Award given to the driver who improved the most positions.


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