Speed. Consistency. Avoiding trouble. Poise. Determination. Champion.
All of the above describe how Doug Butler’s season went this year at Barrie Speedway without saying a ton as Doug Butler drove his No. 10 Cheryl Ferguson Century 21, Highway 400 Transmission, Grace Doiron RBC Mortgages Specialist, R.S.A. Auto Barrie, Mario’s Pizza and Ernie’s Performance Nissan 240SX to the 2014 Barrie Speedway St. Onge Recreation Pure Stock Championship. It marks Butler’s second career championship as he took home the Mini Stock Championship at Sunset Speedway in 2010.
“Exciting, can’t complain about it,” Butler commented this past weekend. “Ecstatic. It was a good season.”
Butler’s success doesn’t mark a surprise as he has been a front runner on the division since he started racing, winning multiple events and leading multiple laps at races across the province. Butler made the move to Barrie Speedway at the beginning of 2013, looking for a change in venue after some success at Sunset Speedway. Last year he had a solid season en route to finishing second in points to Mike Gettliffe. This year, though, the pieces came together.
Throughout the season this year at Barrie, Butler was solid on a weekly basis, scoring 15 top five finishes in 16 starts this season. The run to the championship was highlighted by five victories, the most of all drivers at Barrie.
With his second championship in his pocket, he will be looking to continue the success into the Short Track Playoffs as he looks to find victory either this weekend at Sunset Speedway or in October at the Autumn Colors Classic at Peterborough Speedway.Having won Barrie’s Garry Reynolds Memorial last year and Sunset’s Velocity 250 in years past, Butler has proven that he can get it done anywhere against the best of the best.
Butler is qualified for Fall Colors already based on his performance in the Chase for the Colors event earlier this year so certainly that’ll ease the pressure heading into the pair of events. When asked of his thoughts heading into the pair of events, Butler said that he was going to try and do the best that he could with what the car will give him.