Keith Butler and the K J Motorsports Team recently embarked upon a road trip with anticipation of racing in two events prior to returning home. Arriving first at Five Flag Speedway, in Pensacola, Florida, they rolled onto the track in a sprint car they refer to as "Geraldine" (meaning Spear Ruler), eager to compete against 16 other drivers in the T.B.A.R. A. event.
Keith Butler and the K J Motorsports Team value their sponsors and fans a great deal.
Keith Butler is no stranger to taking the checkered flag, and has an acute understanding of what it takes to be a strong contender on a consistent basis.
Starting at the pole in his heat race, Butler took the lead immediately upon the waving of the green flag, and never looked back. Holding a comfortable lead throughout the entire race, the driver easily took the checkered flag, and lined up fifth in the feature.
Prior to beginning the 30 lap race, Butler had confidence on his side. Speaking of his confidence level, he said, "It was very good, because my lap times were better than qualifying."
From the beginning of the feature, Keith slowly started to work himself toward the front of the pack, and by lap eight, he was in fourth place. After a caution flag, the drivers lined up for the restart and strung together until another caution flew in lap 19. With only five laps remaining, mechanical malfunctions took the driver in front of Butler out, lending to the opportunity to grab third place. Holding the position, he was the third driver to cross the finish line. Referring to his third place finish, Butler said, "It felt good, considering the car was a hand full in traffic." According to the driver, they were unaware that a couple of shocks had lost air pressure prior to the race.
From Pensacola, Keith Butler, the K J Motorsports Team, and Geraldine, headed out for Mobile, Alabama, where they would race in another T.B.A.R.A. event at the Mobile International Speedway.
Qualifying third, Butler lined up fifth in his heat and crossed the finish line in the third position. With the heat behind them, Butler and his crew did a little fine tuning here and there and rolled out on the track to compete in the feature.
Lining up eighth, Butler quickly worked his way to the third position. The second place driver experienced mechanical problems with his driveline, allowing Keith Butler and the K.J. Motorsports team to take his spot. After the third caution flag of the race, Butler finally worked his way into the lead and never looked back. In fact, by lap 20, the driver had managed to catch the tail of the field and began lapping cars. Upon crossing the finish line, Butler was clearly the victor, as he led the second place driver by in the neighborhood of one-half a lap.
As a weathered driver, Keith Butler is no stranger to taking the checkered flag, and has an acute understanding of what it takes to be a strong contender on a consistent basis. When asked the key to continued success. The driver stated, "We've got to stay on top of the race car, and do not miss little mistakes like we did at Five Flag Speedway."
According to Butler, his team plays an essential role in his success. When referring to their importance he said, "They're as important as the racecar itself. Without a good team, no racecar will be a winning car."
When asked about the importance of maintenance, he continued, "Maintenance is the key to a good, reliable car. I have used K&N products for years, and for the past three years, K&N has been one of my best sponsors. We use everything they offer for the sprint cars and the hauler. They are the best filter system I have ever used, and that's why after thirty two years of racing, I still use K&N products."
Keith Butler and the K J Motorsports Team value their sponsors and fans a great deal. With that in mind the driver said, "I would like to thank every person who has been part of making the K J Motorsports Team a driving force at any sprint car race we race in, dirt or asphalt." In conclusion he stated, "Thanks to all of my fans for watching and cheering for me."
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