Editor's Note: The Butterball Memorial has been postponed to September 18-19 due to rain at the track Friday night and a poor weather forecast.
Logan Roberson will head to Richmond Raceway (KY) for the ULTIMATE Super Late Models’ richest race, the Paul “Wooldridge” Butterball Memorial. With $20,059 on the line, Roberson expects stiff competition, but a season spent racing against some of the top touring stars in the nation gives him confidence entering the weekend.
“Thugg Nasty” has spent the 2020 season competing against some of the top Dirt Late Model racers in the country, competing in races with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, World of Outlaws Late Models, Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals and more.
The season has proven to be a learning experience for the Super Late Model rookie, trying to match up nightly against some of the top Dirt Late Model racers around.
“When I tell you this, it’s no joke,” Roberson told Speed51. “When you race against guys who do it for a living to feed their families, you’ve got to treat it the same way. It’s hard to treat it the same way when you have a job. We try to treat it the same way, we’ve beat those guys and run well. We never gave up, and we learned a lot. I’ve learned more this year than I had in four years before it.
“There for a while, I was lining up with [Jonathan] Davenport, [Mike] Marlar, all the touring guys. Not that the regional guys are bad. They’re just as good at their home tracks, but when you line up against the touring guys every week, it makes you a better racer and you have to have your equipment more prepared.”
This weekend, Roberson will face the best of both worlds at the Butterball Memorial. With a handful of touring stars coming for the $20,059 payday against the best of the ULTIMATE Heart of America Super Late Model Series, this weekend’s race promises a strong field.
“There will be a bunch of good cars there for $20,000. Right now, I’m preparing my equipment to the best I can get it. We’ll hope for some good luck. The driver’s got to be good. Hopefully it all clicks together.”
Richmond Raceway is also a track where Roberson has enjoyed success, namely in the FASTRAK Racing Series Pro Late Models. Roberson is a former runner-up in the Damn Yankees 50, and hopes that success will translate to Saturday’s race.
“I’ve been there, I’d say three times. I think my worst finish there is a fourth, honestly. We’ve always been decent when we show up there.”
Roberson plans to take a step back from Super Late Model racing to close out 2020, focusing on big-money Pro Late Model races. However, a win in the Butterball Memorial with its five-digit payday could change those plans.
“It would mean a lot to my team. Me and my dad, we’re the main ones who work on it. I’ve got a good bunch of sponsors who are good people and they do what they can to support me.
“I’d rebuild my super motor, get it refreshed so we can go to Charlotte and the big shows at the end of the year. After a long season, you can always use a big win to rebuild your equipment and get ready for the new year.”
Race fans can watch the Butterball Memorial this weekend on Speed51’s Summer Thunder TV. Preliminary action will take place Friday, August 21, with feature racing on Saturday, August 22.
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo