BUTNER TOPS SONOMA SUPER STOCK QUALIFYING
Bo knows how to do No. 1 qualifier, regardless of which steering wheel he turns.
After three sessions of Super Stock qualifying, Bo Butner, the fan favorite drag racer from Floyd's Knob, Ind., added to his bulging resume with yet another superior performance.
Butner drove Bill Skillman's FSS/C Mustang to the top of the 37-car Super Stock qualifying with an 8.647 elapsed time, -1.003 under the index.
"It's always an exciting experience," said Butner, who also drove the Mustang last year at the Las Vegas Division 7 LODRS event. "It's a freaking awesome car."
Butner said he was asked to drive the car last week when it became apparent Skillman couldn't attend the event.
"I really didn't expect it to be as fast as it was," admitted Skillman, who led qualifying from the first run. "It's a cool car and definitely capable of winning."
Butner has proven versatile behind the wheel and uses a simple technique of differentiating the full-tree from a professional tree.
"I use a blinder so I can just focus on the bottom yellow bulb," Butner explained. "I know the set-ups in these Mustangs like the back of my hand. The both react the way they are supposed to. I think we should be able to go some rounds with the sportsman car."
Butner will receive a first round bye run in Saturday's Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series competition scheduled to begin Saturday morning.
Other sportsman low qualifiers included B.J. Graham, who drove his U/Stock Automatic Maverick to a 13.489, -1.361 under his 14.85 index.
Jon Bradford ran a 6.017, 230.76 to take the Top Dragster provisional No. 1 after one session, and Joe Roubicek's '68 Camaro leads Top Sportsman with a 6.594, 209.82.