Bo Butner claims a valuable round win in the JHG Chevy at the Mile-High Nationals
MORRISON, Colo. (July 17, 2022) – Bo Butner and the Johnson’s Horsepowered Garage Pro Stock team have been pouring their time and resources into making the #JHGDriven hot rod happy, and this weekend at the Dodge Power Brokers NHRA Mile-High Nationals, they saw their hard work translate into a strong qualifying effort and a round win.
“This team,” said Butner, “They all want to win so bad, and it’s a big effort – these guys want to win with every car in this group, and we’re getting there with the JHG Chevy.”
After qualifying in the No. 5 position, one of his best starts of the season, Butner drew defending world champion Greg Anderson. Butner outpaced Anderson, the No. 12 qualifier, by a good margin in qualifying, and going into their match – NHRA’s selected Pro Stock Marquee Matchup – Butner was appropriately confident that he held the upper hand.
“After qualifying, I figured that if we would leave together, we would have a very good chance of winning with the JHG Chevy,” said Butner, who was off the starting line first with a .027-second reaction time to a .034 and clocked a winning 7.015, 195.87 to his opponent’s troubled 7.847, 133.59.
“We were close, but Greg had issues, too,” said Butner. “It was good to get a round win, I just wish we could have gotten more today. But they’re coming. This was a good weekend, and we see a lot of promise.”
In the second round, Butner had lane choice over Elite Motorsports teammate Aaron Stanfield, the No. 1 qualifier in Denver and a driver who is charging towards the top spot in the Pro Stock points. Stanfield rattled the tires, though, in his first-round bye run, and that handed Butner lane choice for their meeting.
Lane choice did not turn out to be a decider, however, and Stanfield was better at both ends of the racetrack by just a smidge, leaving the starting line first by .013 and clocking a 6.995 to Butner’s 7.011.
“We’ve made progress,” said Butner. “Now we’re really looking forward to getting to sea level and seeing how we stack up.”
The next Pro Stock race on the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series tour will be the NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway, July 22-24.
Q1: 7.028-second, 195.11 mph (No. 13)
Q2: 6.960, 195.34 (No. 5)
Q3: 7.008, 195.36 (No. 5)
Q4: 6.963, 196.10 (No. 8)
R1: Bo Butner defeated Greg Anderson, (.027-second reaction time) 7.015-second at 195.87 mph to (.034) 7.847, 133.59
R2: Aaron Stanfield def. Butner, (.046) 6.995, 195.93 to (.059) 7.011, 195.11