Holbrook, NSW, Australia (December 19th, 2017)
Hot off the heels of a successful streak of Legend Car races, Australian racer, Bronson Butcher, made his debut in the hugely competitive Super Late Model ranks at Southern National Motorsport Parks marquee event, The Thanksgiving Classic.
The newly assembled GMS Racing Driver Development team had a successful test earlier in the week and were confident heading into the weekends event, ending final practice 3rd on the time sheets. Butcher qualified his #16 Butch Lindley inspired Chevrolet in 3rd, missing the top spot by only half a tenth of a second; Butchers first attempt at single lap qualifying.
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.