Aaron's 250 Ends On a Cold Note After On-Track Incident MOORESVILLE, N.C.- The Aaron's 250 weekend at Peach State Speedway started out a little differently than most Pro Cup races. Practice was delayed because of persistent rain showers and the...
Aaron's 250 Ends On a Cold Note After On-Track Incident
MOORESVILLE, N.C.- The Aaron's 250 weekend at Peach State Speedway started out a little differently than most Pro Cup races. Practice was delayed because of persistent rain showers and the normally hot and humid Georgia weather was replaced by a cool and overcast day that turned into an even cooler night.
The change in weather meant that the set-ups that most of the USAR Hooter Pro Cup teams had brought to the track would soon prove useless and teams had to scramble to adjust to the changing track conditions in order to get ready for the shortened practice and qualifying.
Brett Butler and the Aaron's team were able to make the right adjustments and with the Aaron's Dream Machine being fast in practice they were able to secure a top-20 starting spot in a competitive field that sent many cars home.
"The car was pretty decent in qualifying," said Butler. "We didn't really know what to expect because the weather was so unusual for August, so we were conservative on our one lap qualifying effort but we were able to start 18th."
Once the race started Butler was able to wheel his Aaron's Dream Machine forward from his top-20 starting position. Butler worked on saving his tires, and trying to get on the right pit strategy for the end of the race when trouble ran into him.
"The car was really starting to come in there around lap 30," said Butler. "It was starting to feel really good and I was working my way up through the field just trying to save our tires as much as I could, when another competitor ran into us. He just completely took us out."
The Aaron's Dream Machine was sent into the wall and took a hard hit. Fortunately Butler was able to walk away from the accident although the same could not be said for the racecar as the team had to settle for a 32nd place finish as the damage was too much for the car to continue.
"You can't win a 250-lap race on lap 65 and I guess some of the drivers out there just need to learn patience," said Butler. "I knew there would be some beating and banging, but I didn't expect to get taken out of the race at lap 65."
Next up for Butler is going to be Bristol Motor Speedway. The incident from the Peach State race has put some pressure on the Aaron's team in order to be able to be ready for Bristol but it is nothing that the team can't handle.
"We just have to get ready and head to Bristol," added Butler. "We are trying to do what we can with this Aaron's Dream Machine now to get it ready, it'll be tight but we can do it. Bristol should be a pretty good race, and I really think we have a chance to be able to come out on top there."
The USAR Hooters Pro Cup Southern Division race at Peach State Speedway can be seen on SPEED Channel on Wednesday, August 16 at 4 p.m. and on Friday, August 18 at noon.