Kansas: Ken Butler III race report

First Pole and Another Top-10 for Butler, III at Kansas Speedway KANSAS CITY, Kan. (April 26, 2008) -- Ken Butler, III and his Aaron's Lucky Dog Dream Machine team started right where they wanted to in the Kansas Lottery $150 Grand, up front and...

First Pole and Another Top-10 for Butler, III at Kansas Speedway

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (April 26, 2008) -- Ken Butler, III and his Aaron's Lucky Dog Dream Machine team started right where they wanted to in the Kansas Lottery $150 Grand, up front and on the pole. With a track-record shattering 175.330 mph lap, KBIII claimed his first career pole position. The No. 22 Toyota remained strong all day, never falling out of the top-15 and finished seventh at Kansas Speedway.

"It was really exciting to get my first pole today," stated Butler. "I wish we could have finished in the same position, but I'm really happy for Scott and the No. 2 team. Our No. 22 Aaron's Lucky Dog Dream Machine was really fast. We sat at the top of the speed charts during practice. And qualifying, I just drove it as hard as I could. Speed laid down a fast lap and I knew it would take something else to knock him off the top. I also knew we had it. It's odd that a top-10 feels so disappointing, but I know the cars we've had are worthy of victory lane. We'll get there soon, I'm sure of that."

Butler started the Kansas Lottery $150 Grand on the pole. Teammate Scott Speed quickly jumped out to take the lead. Not wanting to risk damage to the No. 22 Aaron's Lucky Dog, Butler settled in right behind the Red Bull Toyota.

The race remained green for the first 41 laps. Pitting under caution on lap 44, the Luck Dog Dream Machine team put four tires on the No. 22, made track bar and air pressure adjustments in order to help the car's handling.

Back in the pits when the caution came out at lap 55, Butler picked up another four tires, fuel and additional adjustments to help the driver with his tight car. Crew Chief Wayne Carroll coached his young driver to "be smart, be patient." KBIII returned to the track in the 14th position, having to restart at the tail end of the longest line due to a pit road speed violation.

With 15 laps to go, KBIII climbed back into the top-10. At lap 88 a caution came out when teammate Justin Lofton was tagged and sent spinning on the front stretch. Butler narrowly missed making contact as the No. 93 of Lofton slid down the track and into the grass. Cruising under the caution, Carroll radioed his driver and asked what the car was doing.

"We're loose at the beginning of the run, and we are running tight at the end of the run," reported Butler.

With no track positions to lose and only those to gain, Butler came down to his pit for right-side tires and a final track bar adjustment. Butler restarted the race in the tenth position and, in only one lap, moved into the eighth position when the caution came out for the last time. Restarting one final time on lap 97, Butler advanced another spot and finished the race in the seventh position.

"Well, there is no doubt that we have fast cars at Eddie Sharp Racing," commented Butler. "The Aaron's Lucky Dog Dream Machine was great today. We put it on the pole in qualifying and finished in the top-10. And we're solidly in the top-10 in ARCA Championship points going into our fifth race of the season. We'll continue to work on our setups and car handling and I think we'll get to Victory Lane here pretty soon. Wayne Carroll and all my guys work really hard week in and week out and I really appreciate their efforts."

-credit: bbr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Scott Speed , Ken Butler III , Justin Lofton , Ken Butler