Back behind the wheel

In recent times, racing has fallen under the radar for myself, but that’s all about to change.

As of the last 6 months I’ve been building and preparing a US Legend Car. I acquired the chassis from the Gallagher family and have built the car from the ground up with the help of fellow upcoming racer, Colt Smith and Brian Murphy, whose race shop I work out of.

For those Australian Motorsports fans, I designed the look of the car to model after V8 legend Peter Brock’s scheme from his VK commodore, my favorite race car growing up. It also resembles F1 great Ayrton Senna’s Mclaren from the early 90’s.

The remainder of the season will be spent getting seat time and developing the car whilst balancing my work schedule with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Main events I hope to compete in will be the US Legend Car Nationals at Anderson, SC, Road Course World Finals in New Hampshire and the Turkey Derby at Wall Stadium, NJ.

Plans for the 2016 season are underway and the aim is to have a more full-time approach to the Legend Car racing, with a run at the national championship. But of course, sponsorship and the help of great partners is what makes it all possible, so if interested in joining the team, feel free to contact myself in the USA or Julian Butcher in Australia.

05 Legend Car

2013 Summer Shootout

Summer Shootout rd 6

The 2013 Jack in the Box Summer Shootout series held on the infield at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina, is the toughest legend car racing in the USA and Australian driver Bronson Butcher continues to make an impact.

Having taken over the reigns of the #23 Allegiant Travel sponsored car from ARCA Series/NCWTS driver Spencer Gallagher, who had been sidelined after a violent wreck in a previous race at Michigan International Speedway, Bronson brought home a 6th place finish in his first outing in a Legend Car since 2010.

Drama and tough competition highlight the Summer Shootout series every year and this was demonstrated in round 6. Having been relegated to the rear from an early incident, Butcher drove an inspired race to be in the 3rd position with 1 lap to go and as they approached the final turn, the 2 leaders collided and opened the doors to the young Australians first victory of the Series, however, a hit from behind saw those hopes vanish as a huge pileup on the front straightaway coming to the checkered flag marred the end to a brilliant drive.

Suffering extensive damage, it took a mammoth effort by the Speedway Legends / GMS Racing team to repair the Allegiant Travel car for the next round a week later. Unfortunately it wasn’t ready till qualifying and a faulty transponder was not detected, meaning the Aussie driver had to start from the rear yet again.

Bronson drove superbly and avoided the carnage as he made up 22 positions to be running as high as 3rd.  “With about 12 laps to go, my brakes failed. I had to change my driving style which burnt the outside tyre some, but in the closing stages I was able to hold station and finish 5th, which is my best finish in the series thus far.”

The final rounds yielded Bronson’s best results of the series, finishing top 5 in the final 3 rounds. “It’s encouraging to finish the season strong like this, having not been in a racecar for such a long time, it shows what having great support can do for your results. Hopefully this is the start of something more and we can continue to be on track and fight for victories!”

While those plans develop for Bronson, the Mooresville, North Carolina based Australian is working for the Allegiant Travel race team as a mechanic and pit crew member for the #23 ARCA Racing Series car and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entry of Spencer Gallagher.

Special thanks to GMS Racing, The Gallagher family, Allegiant Travel, Speedway Legends and Back Straight Massage for their support.

Bronson Allegiant Racing Summer Shootout

Bronson Butcher lands in Charlotte, USA

July 4th was a significant day for not only the Americans celebrating Independence Day, but for Bronson Butcher Motorsport, as Bronson touched down in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, from his home town of Holbrook, Australia (population 1400).

Greeted by 39 degree weather, the recently turned 19 year old made his 6th visit to the US, this time with a 3 year visa and no return ticket. The process to get here after finishing school last November was a protracted one, but with the support of many good people on both sides of the Pacific, and the guidance of E and M Mayock Immigration Attorneys of San Francisco, it was worth the wait as the 3 year visa was a greater term than expected and enables the team to make longer term plans.There is still some red tape to get through as he gets settled in. “Being a non-citizen” Bronson explains “It can be difficult to deal with some departments as they don’t recognize overseas documentation or experience, such as a driver’s license and insurances.”

Bronson has hit the ground running, working with Gallagher Motorsport, who run Spencer Gallagher in the ARCA series and is headed up by TJ Clark, who has been a mentor for Bronson in the US since racing legend cars with his team in Las Vegas on previous visits. ARCA is a major national series which serves as a feeder to the Nascar category, and the team has had a major step up mid season with Spencer piloting the #23 to 3 top 10’s in the previous 3 outings. “I went with the team to Chicago this weekend and Spencer was looking good for a top 5 before engine problems brought about an early exit.”

“In the coming months I’ll be looking at getting some seat time in a late model stock car with the team, however sponsorship must still be secured before I am able to race” Bronson said. “We are also looking forward to establishing a few other cool ideas in the near future.”

Bronson Butcher Motorsport is proudly supported by Churchill Transport, Oga Creative Agency, Falcon Spares, Sportscamera and Back Straight Massage