In two of the top three Nitro divisions of the Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing Series circuit, we saw first time champions. Brittany Force (Top Fuel) and now Bo Butner (Pro Stock) were crowned the 2017 champions in their respective divisions on Sunday afternoon in Pomona. As far as Butner goes, he entered this season with as many wins in NHRA as me and you.
So, how does a driver with zero career wins entering the season end up crowned the champion in the season finale?
Butner, showed all of those and more during the 2017 campaign, as he won five times, including Sunday’s Auto Club NHRA Finals. It only took him five races into the season at Houston to win for the first time of his career, as he jumped up to second in the standings after that weekend. He’d never fall past that the rest of the year.
At Pomona, he bested Greg Anderson in the semifinals, keeping Anderson from his first title in seven years, then topped Tanner Gray in the finals en route to the banner day.
He entered Sunday 40 points out of the championship lead, but with how the weekend played out, he more than overcame that and took home the hardware.
He’s earned it.