Mike Buckley Michigan race report

Mike Buckley races to 25th position at MIS for Ann Arbor Academy. The Buckley Racing team struggled this weekend at MIS. During the weekend events, the ...

Mike Buckley races to 25th position at MIS for Ann Arbor Academy.

The Buckley Racing team struggled this weekend at MIS. During the weekend events, the #28 Chevrolet driven by Mike Buckley qualified 36th and had to take a provisional to make the event starting in the 35th position.

"We knew going in that we did not have a engine that we could lean on", said Mike. "We worked hard to get the car to handle through the corner since we needed to keep the momentum up for the engine. We wanted a good showing at our local track in front of friends and family. If we could have made it to the checkered flag, we would have been very happy with our day".

That goal would not be accomplished as a broken rocker arm left Mike on seven cylinders just past lap 65. "The car was doing OK until that point. Once on seven cylinders, we tried to make repairs and gain positions from those who fell out from the big wreck in turn 2. We gained all we could, then it was time to park it."

The 25th place position earned at Michigan unofficially places Mike in the 11th spot in championship driver points.

The Buckley Racing team, based in Ann Arbor, considers Michigan it's home track since the shop is just 35 miles from the speedway.

"I wish we could have done better for our Ann Arbor fan base and the Ann Arbor Academy Scholarship fund. It is just a great organization, and the work they do with the kids is incredible." said Buckley. "Our team will take the next couple of weeks to get our program together and then come out strong with the two short tracks that are next on the schedule."

Ann Arbor Academy is a private, non-profit, school that educates students with different learning styles to achieve their full potential. The school caters to students with attention deficit disorders and other learning differences. Based in downtown Ann Arbor, students from all over Southeastern Michigan and Northern Ohio attend classes in 6th through the 12th grade.

Ann Arbor Academy formally began in the spring of 1997 as Knowledge Builders, Inc. There was no building; there were no books, no students. There were, however, two determined women; one, Nancy Brockbank, a frustrated parent of a LD/ADD student and the other, Devon Beidler, a gifted special education teacher.

Nancy, frustrated with her daughter's educational progress to that point, chose to home school her. Devon had moved from Connecticut where she had taught in a private school for students with learning disabilities. Inspired by Devon's approach to education and her success in teaching Nancy's daughter and other LD students, Nancy knew she had found a partner. Together they launched a three-year journey of researching and implementing the steps and procedures that culminated with the opening of Ann Arbor Academy in the fall of 1998. The Academy reflects the dual interests and skills of each of its directors.

Ann Arbor Academy is an independent school and receives no State or Federal funding. Other than tuition fees the revenue base relies on donations. Financial support from individuals, foundations and corporate gifting is very necessary to support the mission of the school. Funding to support financial aid for learning-disabled students is always a top priority.

Information about the school can be found at their website: www.annarboracademy.org. Information about programs or contributions to the student scholarship fund can be directed to Alice Roelofs, Ph. D., CSW, at 734-747-6641.

-Mike Buckley Owner/Driver ARCA #28

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