HAGERSVILLE, Ontario — Doug Butler had a fast car throughout the day, but the way everything came together during the 35 lap feature, it just felt meant to be. Maybe that was the case, as the young man feels he had his father Richard Butler looking over him all day long.
“I don’t know if I have any, other than complete utter amazement,” he told SHORT TRACK MUSINGS of the win. “I was basically just trying to play it safe, and it just hooked up and worked. Basically, my dad was looking over me; I’m pretty sure that’s what it was. As the laps went on and how everything played out, it’s a God’s grace. It was Dylan Sharpe’s race and hey, he pulled off so what can I say? It’s the best way that it could work out.”
Starting outside pole, Butler broke out to the early lead and led the fast cars around the half-mile oval. However, he would fall back to the runner-up spot on Lap 20 with Dylan Sharpe making his way by. Butler stayed close, and it paid off when Sharpe ran into issues with nine laps to go. Butler got the lead back, and never looked back from there on out.
“Everybody kept a cool head, actually, as we were going through lap traffic,” he commented. “Nobody was trying to pass anybody. I thought (Eric) Yorke was going to try and pass me, and he just ended up tucking behind me and we followed the fright train around.”
Prior to the event at Jukasa Motor Speedway, Butler had been putting together a very quiet season, with a couple appearances at Full Throttle Motor Speedway. Though despite being a multi-time division champion, he was not discussed as one of the initial threats for the win.
Now with his name back in the spotlight, everybody wants to know where to see the No. 10 next – which is something he could not answer right on the money.
“This was going to be my last race of the season, but if it’s an upside, I might keep going,” he commented. “I might actually end up at Sunset with the money I bring in, because it’s a bit of a cash issue with racing this year.”