LOOKing back at Bo Butner's first Super Gas win! by Kelly Wade
March 22, 2020 • 2 Comments
In the Sportsman ranks at the 2019 NHRA Sonoma Nationals, then-Pro Stock points leader Bo Butner debuted in the Super Gas category driving a '63 Chevrolet Corvette roadster that he had recently acquired. As he did when he debuted in Super Street at the Columbus Sportsnationals in 2014, Butner won his very first attempt in the class.
I knew coming into this that the car was good. I'm very happy with it, said Butner following the event. But you ask yourself, do you keep racing it, or do you quit at one and done and have been perfect?
Butner, who joined a handful of drivers (seven, to be exact) to have claimed victory in six different categories, did not leave it at one-and-done. He raced Super Gas through the end of the season and made it to two more final rounds – one at the Bowling Green divisional and another at the Brainerd national.
Butner purchased the car from West Coast racer Aaron Kinard. It was the same equipment in which Kinard finished No. 2 in the nation in 2018. Here is a shot of Aaron's Carquest Auto Parts NHRA Nationals from Phoenix 2017
One of my friends, Ron Erks, had this car back in 2000, and I think he won the world championship with it. Aaron Kinard kept it good and maybe even made it better, said the driver who is now a 27-time NHRA national event winner.
Butner defeated Linzi Meserve in the Sonoma final round, 9.949-second at 160.50 to 9.963, 158.76.
Really, I felt like we were very lucky this weekend, he said. But the guys helping me, like Kyle Seipel, Justin Lamb, Pete Biondo and all those guys and they're some of the world's best ever, and I have a lot of faith in them.
Randi Lyn Shipp, fiancŽe and seven-time Stock Eliminator winner, is doing her own math, and she's right there with them on what to dial. I feel very confident with all that help. It's a good feeling. They had it done right.
The Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro Pro Stocker was also on par in Sonoma. Butner qualified No. 4 and went to the semifinals, where he fell to Alex Laughlin.
"It's a lot of fun driving more than one car at a race, and believe it or not it keeps my mind off the other stuff. I always race better with two cars," said Butner, who has won in Pro Stock, Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Super Street, and Super Gas.
At the beginning of the 2020 season of NHRA's Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, Butner was already doubling down on his chances to win as he entered in Top Sportsman for the first time behind the wheel of Jack Hodge's Cobra Jet Mustang.
Look for Butner to race the full SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown class in 2020 as well, once the NHRA season reignites.
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