THE final rounds of the Jack In The Box summer held at the speedway at Charlotte, North Carolina, in the US were a let-down for Holbrook racer Bronson Butcher.
He had been confident of a strong finish in the legend car series but had to settle for 12th in qualifying.
He didn’t have long to wait for carnage when the leaders came together and backed up the field on the first corner.
The rear wheel of Bronson’s No. 23 Allegiant Travel climbed up the wheel of a parked car and that launched him skyward.
“On landing, it broke the front clip, rear-end housing and the rear alignment was way out,” he said.
“Yet again I had to start from the rear of the field.
“What I didn’t realise until I saw footage of it later was how close it was to going end over end.”
In all too familiar territory, the Australian set about the task at hand.
The race settled into a rhythm and Butcher drove through the field to be in the top 10 at lap 10 of 30.
A series of incidents and yellows in the last third of the race twice forced him into the grassy infield to avoid more damage.
He battled it out and made up ground to finish fifth.
The final round (round 10) the next night seemed to be a call-up for bad attitudes and square-ups.
Qualifying was better with Butcher making good ground in a wild race to finish seventh.
“The team did a brilliant job preparing the car after the previous race,” he said.
“The car was fast and we were clearly heading for the win.”
Butcher, 20, was second with 12 laps to go when he got turned around, yet he recovered to finish a hard-fought sixth.
Butcher also had the chance recently to race his own kart for the first time on the dirt of Woodleaf, also in North Carolina.
Racing in the Çlone division, Butcher finished second in the feature.