Last week we reported on AMA Superbike rider Larry Pegram making his off-road buggy racing debut with the TORC series at RedBud MX in Buchanan, MI. Well, the weekend has come and gone, and Larry had quite an eventful ride!
Competing in the PRO Buggy class, Larry got up to speed quickly in his #5 Popcorn Sutton’s Tennessee White Whiskey/RealTree Energy Drink entry during Saturday’s Round 11 action, and he was in contention for a potential podium finish until the shift linkage broke on his Buggy, causing Larry to have to settle for 10th place.
“I got a real good feel for the Buggy,” Larry said. “And I had a lot of fun with it on Saturday. Unfortunately, we suffered a mechanical, but it made me even more determined to come out swinging on Sunday.”
True to his word, Pegram approached Sunday’s race full with aggression. During Sunday’s Round 12 PRO Buggy race, the open-wheel design of the race vehicles came into play as Larry and another driver got tangled up on the challenging RedBud race course, with both vehicles intertwined and Pegram’s Buggy on top of the other!
“Now, that’s something I’ve never done before with my superbike,” Larry commented. “But, it’s almost football season, so I thought I’d practice my tackling technique while I was out there.” Thankfully, neither driver was hurt in the accident, but it did cause a red flag stoppage of the action.
In the restart, Larry was on the gas again, and he finished in a very respectable 4th place, despite the unplanned dog pile in the middle of the course.