Freedom High School senior Chester “Buddy” Kniss recently won his first ever race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway dirt track in the Duel In The Desert Young Guns Race, but luck wasn’t always on his side.
Kniss started the week off by blowing a motor during a practice run just three days before the race. Thanks to his sponsor, Delta Transmission, he was able to get a new motor in time for the competition. While he didn’t have good pill draws for the races, his luck changed when he drew a one-position for the Young Guns Race and led every 10 laps in the race that featured drivers under 20 years old from across the U.S.
Kniss began racing at just 8 years of age in outlaw karts in Dixon. He moved up to a dwarf car at Antioch Speedway when he was 14, where he participated in only few races. At 15, he ran a full season and was third in points and rookie of the year in the Dwarf Car Division.
When Kniss turned 16, he progressed to a Limited Late Model and placed seventh in points. In 2018, he moved up to A-Modified, where he participated in three-heat races and finished eighth in points.
If not racing, Kniss is playing baseball. He currently is a pitcher for Freedom High varsity team.