Meet Bo Butner's JHG Team: Travis Dieterle
A life-long motorsports enthusiast, Travis Dieterle joined the Elite Motorsports team at the beginning of last season under the encouragement of Elite crew member Logan Gomme. Last season, Travis was on the back-half of the Pro Stocker driven by Fernando Cuadra Sr., and this season, he's fulfilling those same duties – just on the #JHGDriven Chevy driven by Bo Butner.
Growing up in Owasso, Okla., Travis and his brother, Kyle, raced go-karts competitively. Eventually, Travis dipped into drag racing by way of a 1985 C/K-10 Chevy pickup that he built out of his parents' garage from the time he was 18 until he was 22.
"Just playing with that truck, building it, rebuilding it, that really sparked my interest for drag racing," he said. "I kept messing with it, and it snowballed. [The truck] just got faster and faster.
"I learned so much just by doing that on my own. Of course, I helped my dad and my friends and all that, but getting in there and doing it myself with that blue truck is how I really learned. Obviously, it's different than a Pro Stock car, but at the end of the day, it's a racecar, and a lot of what I learned there applies here. I'm one of those people, if I think I can figure something out, I'm going to do it."
Travis has found his home in Pro Stock, and he said that while the average fan is drawn to the nitro cars, being part of the category of naturally aspirated factory hot rods opened his eyes.
"I like the fuel cars, too – they've got big, loud horsepower – but after learning about this class and how technical it is, I'm all in. This is *the* class, in my opinion," said 25-year-old Travis.
"When Logan called me and said he thought I'd be a good fit to work here, I almost didn't do it. It's a big commitment, and it meant I had to move away from home for the first time, leave everybody I knew, and start over. It wasn't easy, but I knew I had to do it – and I'm so glad I did. Now that I'm here, I know this is where I want to be."