Sportsman Note: Butner to race Super Comp in Chicago, looking for win in sixth different class


FLOYD’S KNOBS, Ind. (May 24, 2019) – Bo Butner is in the midst of a powerful season as a full-time competitor on NHRA’s 2019 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour. Floyd’s Knobs, Indiana-based Butner has led the Pro Stock points since the season-opener in Pomona, and he’s doing double-duty this year running his Summit Racing-backed Cobra Jet in the NHRA SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown, where he is currently No. 3 in the standings. But wait, there’s more.

It appears that finding success in two categories just isn’t enough for the avid Sportsman racer and 26-time national event winner, because his name has turned up on an unexpected entry list. Butner’s efforts will expand in Chicago at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals as he settles in behind the wheel of Tyler Bohannon’s Super Comp dragster for the first time.

So far this season, Butner has claimed four wins in the first five Pro Stock races and reached the final round in the Factory Stock Showdown at back-to-back events. Over the course of his ultra-productive racing career, the Jim Butner Auto Group CEO’s achievements have stretched across five categories. Butner has national event wins in Pro Stock, Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock, and Super Street.

Although he has four previous wins in the Factory Stock Showdown – including the first ever, held at the U.S. Nationals in 2012 – all of that hardware was earned before a shootout victory was considered a national event win. This year, Butner is aimed at adding an official Factory Stock Showdown national event trophy to the pile, and in Chicago, he’ll be looking for the same in Super Comp.

The diverse competitor is well on his way to catching Jeg Coughlin Jr., the only driver in NHRA history to own national event wins in seven different categories. Coughlin has claimed trophies in Pro Stock, Top Dragster, Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, and Super Gas.

The Route 66 NHRA Nationals will take place May 30-June 2, 2019 at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., just outside of Chicago. Follow along at, on, and, of course, on FS1 (schedule here).

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