By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Jim Butner’s Auto Chevy Camaro driver Bo Butner is the Pro Stock No. 1 qualifier at the 37th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway. This is Butner’s first No. 1 qualifier of the season.
Two years ago, Butner made his Pro Stock debut at this race. On Saturday, he went 6.572 at 210.70 mph pass for the top spot.
“It’s great qualifying No. 1,” Butner said. “I’ve been fortunate to have a good career since I started because I joined the right team which helps a lot. All I have to do is do my job and win rounds.”
He’ll face Wally Stroupe in the first round of eliminations on Sunday. Stroupe, who is also driving a Chevy Camaro, who went 7.204 at 193.07 mph.
Butner won his first career Pro Stock Wally two weeks ago at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas.
“Two years ago, I fell and bumped my head and decided to run this class,” joked Butner. “But seriously, it’s been great, and it’s been a fun, fun journey. I’ve been fortunate to have had a good career since I started racing Pro Stock, and I’m with the best people out there. It’s great, and we’re lucky to have hit it the first session. It’s tough when you only have two sessions, but we’re very happy. The team has the car handled, now I just have to do my job and win rounds. We’re going to try to hang around near the top of the points, and then try to stick ’em in the side at the end. I just have to go up there, do my job, and try not to overthink.”
Drew Skillman is the No. 2 qualifier in his Ray Skillman Chevrolet Camaro following a 6.583 at 209.83 mph pass. He’ll face Mark Hogan, who went 6.868 at 201.43 in his Pontiac GXP.
Jason Line, Butner’s teammate, is the No. 3 qualifier with a 6.585 at 210.24 mph in his Summit Racing Equipment Chevy Camaro. He’ll face John Gaydosh Jr., who went 6.773 at 205.72 in his Chevy Camaro.
Jeg Coughlin Jr. is the No. 4 qualifier in his Elite Performance Chevy Camaro. He went 6.590 at 210.41 mph and will face Shane Tucker, who went 6.752 at 204.26 mph.
Harlow Sammons driver Chris McGaha — who won last weekend’s NHRA Four-Wide Nationals — is the No. 5 qualifier with a 6.592 at 210.31 mph in his Chevy Camaro. He’ll face Greg Anderson, who went 6.671 at 210.11 mph in his Summit Racing Equipment Chevy Camaro.
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