Cole Butcher’s bid for a second straight Parts for Trucks Maritime Pro Stock Tour championship received a significant boost Sunday afternoon after he collected his first win of the season in one of the tour’s biggest events. For the second straight year, the Nova Scotia native won the Atlantic CAT 250 at Scotia Speedworld (NS), the second race of the Maritime Triple Crown.
“Back to back wins is pretty cool at that track for that event. We started on the pole for the feature, led the first 30 laps and then got into an incident with a lapped car. He was sideways and by the time I caught him I lost it,” Butcher told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “After that I worked my way back to the front, back in the lead by lap 101 before halfway. We were racing to halfway because we thought the rain was going to come. After our mandatory stop at 125 we led 110 of the last 125.”
“My foot was falling asleep,” Butcher explained. “I had let Cassius Clark go and I found it hard to follow him, so I passed him, led the rest of the way and ended up in victory lane. I also had Tom Roberts from KDDP up here this weekend, I think he might be a good luck charm.”
Although he has won the race before, the repeat performance still has a lot of meaning for Butcher.
“Scott Fraser was probably the best driver in our area until he passed away a number of years ago, so to have my name on his trophy twice is pretty cool,” he stated.
Now Butcher faces a tough career test coming up in less than two weeks, staying in the Maritime title hunt one day, and the very next day going up against the best Super Late Model drivers in North America.
“We’re heading down to Oxford to test this Sunday for the Oxford 250, hopefully that momentum carries over and we’ll have a good test,” Butcher said. “But then we got to come back home, prepare for Petty International the Saturday night before Oxford in New Brunswick and head to Oxford that Sunday. Love to capture another 250 win and maybe do a weekend sweep.”
While Butcher has been strong at Oxford outside of the 250, he feels the team needs to still acclimate to the summer weather in Maine.
“We got second there at the start of the season last year, went back there and finished 19th. But I’ve learned what we need to do for the hotter weather and I feel going into the test coming up that we’ll have a better car.”
He is also looking forward to his fellow Maritime Canadians to have the chance to cheer him on from the comfort of their own homes with the recently announced Speed51.com pay-per-view broadcast, and later in the year on the MAVTV nationally-televised broadcast.
“That’ll be good so everyone up here can watch it and then at a later date they can watch on MAVTV. I’ve been on Speed51 broadcasts a couple of times, hopefully we can get some good air time and make the Canadians proud.”
More details about the Speed51.com pay-per-view broadcast is expected to be announced later this week.
-By: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com CT, MA, RI & Long Island Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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