HIckory, NC, September 8, 2020 (Newswire.com) – Sam Butler, 16, scored his first career NASCAR late model stock car win at the famed Hickory Motor Speedway in Hickory, North Carolina on Saturday night in the Bobby Isaac Memorial 100. In doing so, he won one of the track’s two biggest yearly races and drove away from Josh Berry and Ryan Millington, who are currently second and first in NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Racing Series points, to do it. The victory was Butler’s finest performance to-date at the track where many NASCAR legends, including Ned and Dale Jerrett, Harry Gant and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. raced as they worked their way up through the ranks.
The Indiana driver qualified third fastest and ran in the top three all night long. Throughout much of the second half of the race, Butler applied pressure to leader Millington, and the pair ran side by side for nearly 15 laps as Berry joined the battle, keeping both drivers honest. With less than 30 laps left, Butler cleared Millington to take over the lead and charged away, eventually winning by over a half-straightaway.
In victory lane, Butler was excited and perhaps a bit overwhelmed by the moment as he realized he’d finally got the win he’d been seeking as he traveled back and forth from his Indiana home to Hickory, North Carolina each week. He gave the credit to Triple R Racing, the team with which he has been turning many heads over the course of the past few months in the heart of NASCAR country with his talent and his strong runs each week.
“This car has been crazy good for the past couple of weeks,” the smiling Butler said while standing next to a trophy nearly as tall as he is. “We actually have barely touched it since yesterday’s practice. I cannot thank everyone with Triple R racing enough for all they have done for me this year. We are like family, and it means a lot for me to be able to take them to victory lane.” He went on to talk about the last 50 laps or so of the race. “Ryan and I were first and second and Josh closed in on both of us. At one point Josh passed me and got right up to Ryan’s door and slid him up the track just a little and I saw the opportunity to go three wide and that put me back in second alongside Ryan for the lead. We ran side by side for a bunch of laps before I was able to clear him. I lead the rest of the race. Josh got by Ryan, but he wasn’t able to catch me. Those two are both great drivers and that’s why they are the top two in national points right now. It feels amazing to say I beat them both to win such a big race at Hickory Motor Speedway. I really need to thank PRW Chassis, Tiger Rear Ends, FOJ Foundation, Race Face Brand Development, RWR Racing and of course my family. Without them I wouldn’t be standing here right now.”
Butler was fifth in the track’s championship standings going into the weekend. His next race will be on Saturday, September 12 at Hickory Motor Speedway. Twin 40-lap features are scheduled for the late model stock division so that means opportunities to win his second and third races in a row! For more information about Hickory Motor Speedway, visit the track’s website at www.hickorymotorspeedway.com.
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