They say that consistency is the key to winning the championship. So far this season, Doug Butler has held true to the word consistent, not finishing outside of the top-six in any of the 10 features thus far this season. As a result, he currently leads the Graham Landscape Limited points standings, three points ahead of Jordan Howse.
“It’s gone pretty good,” Butler says of his season to date. “Just trying to keep consistent, mainly have fun. I came in here expecting competition and have gotten it.”
Butler knows the key to success at Sunset Speedway – he is a previous division champion, having won the championship in 2010. Though he left the 3/8 mile for a couple of seasons, running Barrie Speedway with championship success there as well. As he makes the transition back to the Innisfil, Ontario oval this year, the driver of the No. 10 RSA Auto Parts, Highway 90 Signs, Century 21 (Cheryl Ferguson), Northern Auto Body, RBC Mortgages (Grace Doiron) TSS Top Shop, 400 Transmission, Linde Group, Mario’s Pizza (Angus) Nissan 240SX admits that it’s been pretty difficult.
“I’ve just started to feel comfortable with it now, just starting to get in the groove,” he commented. “Obviously the results have shown that. Hopefully we can just keep the swing of things and keep going.”
As Butler mentioned, the result showcase the comfort as he picked up the victory on August 1, and then finished fourth on August 8 despite having to start 16th due to being the previous week’s winner. He says the biggest difference now on-track versus five years ago is the amount of competition.
“People are spending money and I’ve tried to keep up and it’s probably five times harder than when I did win the championship,” he stated. “But hey, just bring on the competition – I’m always welcome to it.”
Butler got his start in racing after he “got given a shitty road car” and saw a racing seat. He then got to work learning how to weld so he could build a roll cage and go racing. Since then, he has been finding success in the years that followed, winning championships and some of the province’s most prestigious races. His biggest racing memory doesn’t come from one of those wins, but a season where he came up short. In 2013, he lost the track championship by one point to Mike Gettliffe.
“It was pretty devasting. I’ve got a lot of wins and I enjoy them, but that was one thing I won’t forget,” he admitted.