On Friday night, the first mother-daughter team competed in an ARCA Menards Series West race at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
At Star Nursery 150, Bridget and Sarah Burgess left their mark. Although Taylor Gray in the No. 71 DGR Ford won the race, both drivers were able to cross the finish line. Sarah Burgess placed 17th, losing out to her daughter Bridget Burgess who placed 12th.
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But it didn’t matter what happened. It was all about enjoying ourselves while sharing the racetrack experience.
I’m overjoyed for her. After the event, Bridgett Burgess said to NBC Sports, “I hope we do it again.” “I’m hoping the next one is a road course since I adore them.” Since my mother has no prior experience with oval racing, I know it must be difficult for her, therefore I’m quite proud of her for driving an ARCA car at the Bullring. I give my mother a lot of credit for that since I believe she would’ve struggled because ARCA didn’t exist before modified.
The fact that Sarah Burgess competed alongside her daughter gave her equal joy.
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“I’m in awe.” This experience has been absolutely incredible. Amazing racing took place. I had a great time there. I once stood next to Bridget during a restart and I remember thinking, “God, I hope someone has a photo of that, because that was actually incredibly cool,” she recalled.
The Burgess family relocated to the United States from Australia in order to pursue their racing ambitions. Owner and crew chief of the racing team based in Tooele, Utah, is Sarah Burgess.
This season, Bridgett Burgess has finished in the top 10 four times.