Statesville, NC (November 1st, 2017)
The biggest weekend in US Legend Car racing converged on the Las Vegas Motor Speedways famed 3/8 mile short-track ‘The Bullring’, familiar territory for 24 year old Australian racer Bronson Butcher.
Months of preparation proved worthwhile as Butcher wasted no time getting his #23 GMS Racing Legend Car up to speed during Thursdays practice sessions, fine tuning the cars setup and spending most of the day in the top 5 on the time sheets. However, it was Fridays qualifying day where the Aussie turned heads throughout the garage, setting a blistering lap time of 16.659 to claim the Fastest Qualifier Award for the Semi-Pro division.
Starting heat 1 from the front row, Butcher lead all 8 laps to claim the win. An inverted starting order for heat 2 saw Bronson start at the rear of the 8 car field. Not to be deterred, the #23 found its way to the lead on the last lap to round out a perfect points day and earning pole position for the 35-lap main event. “Track position is huge here at the bullring so to be going into the feature race tomorrow with the pole is a huge relief” stated Butcher.
The young Australian looked to have one hand on the trophy as he pulled away from the field and led the first 25 laps of Saturdays Asphalt Nationals main-event. A late-race caution however bunched the field back up and on the restart with 10 laps to go, Bronson was caught on the outside line, fighting for position, he dropped back to 4th. Ultimately running out of time to challenge for the lead, Bronson crossed the finishing line in 3rd.
“I hate I didn’t bring home the win after leading so many laps, its heartbreaking, but everyone knew we were here. I can’t thank the Spencer Clark Driven team enough for all their support and helping make this weekend possible, I can’t wait until we can do it again and finish the job! A special thank-you to GMS Racing, Dennis Lambert, Michael Harper, Joe Ryan Osborne, RPM Pro-Formance, RRC Performance Engines, these results wouldn’t have been possible if not for your top-quality support.”