posted April 04, 2001 11:21 PM Quincy, MI (April 3, 2001) - The Butler Motor Speedway is gearing up for what is sure to be an exciting year of racing at the historic 3/8 Mile speed plant located in Southern Michigan. The season will open on Saturday April 21st with the Street Stocks going for a $300 top prize. May 5th will open the regular season with the UMP type Late Models joining the 410 Winged Sprints and the Street Stocks.
Last season saw the first year with the UMP type rules in the Late Model class which created an exciting year with a lot of new cars in the pits. They put on a great show every week and brought great car counts with them. The Late Model average was over 45 cars per night. The 2000 season saw Huntington Indiana driver Terry Sroufe take home his first Butler title and Terry says he will be back to defend that title this year. Once again Butler will host the annual Fall Classic on September 22nd with $5000 going to the feature winner in the Late Models.
The Sprint car class at Butler has been a great class also with 30 cars per night average. Manitou Beach Michigan driver Ken Mackey took home the Sprint Car championshop in 2000. This season we will welcome back the All Star Sprints for their annual appearance on July 14th. August 4th brings the World War III sprint shootout featuring the IRA Outlaw Sprints and the Great Lakes Outlaw Sprints.
Butler plays host to the weekly action of one of Michigan's finest Street Stock classes which is averaging over 50 cars per night. Litchfield Michigan's Eric Wilson took home his first Butler title in 2000 at the age of 18 in only his second year of racing. Eric will be back to defend his title this year. The Street Stocks will compete for a $2100 top prize in the Butler/Jet Express Street Stock special on June 30th.