USAR: Myrtle Beach: Butler brothers preview

BUTLER BROTHERS ARE SET FOR AARON'S 250 AT MYRTLE BEACH SPEEDWAY MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (June 20, 2006) -- Aaron's prepares for a big weekend as title sponsor of the USAR Hooter's Pro Cup Series (Southern Division) 250-lap event at...

BUTLER BROTHERS ARE SET FOR AARON'S 250 AT MYRTLE BEACH SPEEDWAY

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (June 20, 2006) -- Aaron's prepares for a big weekend as title sponsor of the USAR Hooter's Pro Cup Series (Southern Division) 250-lap event at Myrtle Beach Speedway this weekend. The Atlanta-based company is an integral part of Michael Waltrip Racing's driver development program with Brett and Ken Butler III. Both Butler's are slated to compete in the Aaron's 250 this Saturday marking the fourth time this year the brothers have competed in the same USAR event.

"This weekend is a big weekend for us because Aaron's is the sponsor of the race," Ken Butler III said. "It would be huge for either one of us to win or finish in the top-five or even the top-10. We've been running good most of the year, but things haven't went our way. Our best finish of the season is sixth-place at Lonesome Pine. We'd like to turn our luck around and post a top-five finish this weekend at Myrtle Beach Speedway. The first time I was there I wasn't sure if I liked the track or not, but when I went back a second time I did."

"In the most recent race, we qualified fifth and was running in the top-10 when we were caught up with another car and spun around," continued Butler. "We flat spotted our tires and had a vibration. We had to come in and change our tires. When we pitted, an extra guy went over the wall and he didn't have on his helmet and we were penalized. I'd like to top my best finish this season of sixth this weekend. A top-five finish at Myrtle Beach would be awesome."

The elder brother may have experience at the South Carolina track, but this will be Brett Butler's first time at the .538-mile tri-oval.

"I've never raced at the track, but I've talked to a lot of drivers and they say that the track is really hard on tires," the 21-year-old stated. "It's neat that my brother and I are both running the race. We'll have a new paint scheme similar to the one DW (Darrell Waltrip) will run during the NASCAR Busch Series race at Martinsville Speedway in July. We've just got to turn our luck around. We've been showing up and running in the top-10, but we need to work on finishing in the top-10. Our best finish this season so far is 13th in the six or seven races I've competed in."

Before racing at Myrtle Beach this Saturday, tonight Brett will enter the first of eight Summer Shootout Legends features at Lowe's Motor Speedway as a part of the Michael Waltrip Racing driver development program. Both Butler's plan to share the ride each Tuesday night during an eight-week span as well as a special Monday night (7/3/06) holiday doubleheader on the frontstretch quarter-mile oval.

"We are racing Legends cars to get more seat time because you can never have enough," Brett Butler stated. "I'll be racing one week and Ken will be racing the next week in the car. Last night was the first time we got into a Legends car. We were able to practice some, but it had rained so the track was slick. We learned a lot and it will be fun racing in the Semi-Pro category."

Legends Car racing is divided into three categories based on a driver's experience. The Pro division features veteran drivers while the Semi-Pro category is for those new to Legends Car competition. Masters division is for drivers 40 years of age and older. The 13th annual Summer Shootout Series kicked off June 13th and runs through August 8th at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Qualifying for the Hooter's Pro Cup race at Myrtle Beach Speedway on Saturday, June 24th begins at 4:30 p.m. with the Aaron's 250 event following at 7:30 p.m. Eastern.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , Michael Waltrip , Ken Butler III , Brett Butler
Teams Michael Waltrip Racing