After Super Gas win last weekend, Bo Butner looking for Pro Stock triumph in New England
EPPING, N.H. (June 4, 2022) – Pro Stock racer Bo Butner came to New England Dragway with a bit of momentum, and he intends to play off that surge on raceday in his capable Johnson’s Horsepowered Garage Chevrolet Camaro. He’ll start from the No. 10 position and begin his mission with a first-round meeting with Mason McGaha.
Butner, who has claimed national event wins in six different categories in NHRA competition, was victorious one week ago driving his JHG Corvette roadster in Super Gas at an NHRA Division 3 race at Bowling Green’s Beech Bend Raceway.
“It was a tough decision as to whether to go to that race, because it meant we wouldn’t be able to attend an event that means a lot to my heart – the Love Doesn’t Count Chromosomes Car Show supporting #TeamLevi,” said Butner, speaking of the well-attended event held at the Jim Butner Auto Group automotive dealership in Clarksville, Ind.
“We had so many cars register, and we were so happy to have raised a lot of money for this awesome cause. I was torn to miss it, but it so happens we had a successful weekend at Bowling Green in the JHG Corvette.”
The Super Gas victory set Butner, the 2017 Pro Stock champion, in a fine mood to come to New England Dragway and chase his first Pro Stock win of the season. So far in his career, Butner has 11 Pro Stock victories and 26 overall at the national event level, including 15 Sportsman wins.
“I was beginning to question, can you still win a few rounds, can you still close out the deal and win a race,” admitted Butner. “Last weekend showed me that we could. A lot of times in my career, it’s gone in spurts – maybe that was the start of something.”
In qualifying at the New England Nationals, Butner made three consistent passes to set the tone for raceday. He was out of the gate with a 6.584-second pass at 210.28 mph and followed up with a 6.598, 209.14 and an improved 6.582, 210.31 in the final session.
“We made some decent runs, and I’m happy,” he said. “It would be awesome to be able to keep the momentum going from last weekend and win with this JHG team. I leave the house every week to win, but this team needs it. We need a good showing. Our car is coming around, and we haven’t given up.”
Final eliminations for the NHRA New England Nationals will take place at New England Dragway on Sunday, June 5, 2022, beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET.
Q1: 6.584-second, 210.28 mph (No. 9)
Q2: 6.598, 209.14 (No. 9)
Q3: 6.582, 210.31 (No. 10)