Pro Buggy Unlimited

Pro Buggy Unlimited After narrowly missing out on a win on Saturday, Mike Dondel was out for redemption in the #998 Racer Engineering/BFGoodrich Tires buggy. Dondel made a great start to take the lead early on, followed by Jerry Whelchel in the #901 BFGoodrich Tires/Toyota Foddrill, Doug Fortin in the #996 Fortin Racing, Inc./Custom Decals Racer Engineering buggy, Cody Freeman in the #994 FCS Flooring/Wik’s Racing Engines Racer Engineering buggy, and Mike Porter in the #900 Team Porter/Goodyear AlumiCraft. Porter pulled off to the side and out of the race on lap two, handing fifth to Mike Halliday in the #904 Green Army/Delmar Commercial Real Estate Services AlumiCraft, but Halliday then went over the outside burm in turn four and dropped back to eighth. Up front, Dondel had opened a good lead by the time the competition yellow came out, at which point he was followed by Fortin, Whelchel, Freeman, and Cameron Steele in the #916 Menzies Motorsports/Metal Mulisha AlumiCraft. Steele jumped up to fourth on the restart lap, and further forward, Fortin was the only driver who could hang with the pace of the leader Dondel. Whelchel slowed to a stop, and though he re-joined later, it was Steele who was now third, with Freeman fourth and Bobby PeCoy fifth in the #973 Makita/Kartek Off Road AlumiCraft. Just before the finish, a red flag was brought out following a rollover by Halliday. Halliday was fine, and with a green-white-checkered finish being called for, the top five drivers all seemed to find another gear as they pushed their cars to the limits as green flag racing resumed. Steele missed a shift on the restart lap and dropped to fifth, and just ahead, there were two great battles for first and third places. Dondel’s pace was just a little more than Fortin could match, and Dondel held on to take a great win. Fortin finished second, and making it an all Racer Engineering buggy podium, Freeman held off a strong late charge from PeCoy, who had to settle for fourth. Steele rounded out the top five. PeCoy set the fast lap of the race at a 57.875, the only driver to run below 58 seconds.