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Driver Profile - BUTCH BEASLEY

Butch in action at Tri-City Speedway

Driver - Raymond "Butch" Beasley

How did you choose your car number?
I bought a tail tank at a flea market and the number was on it. The tank was so nice that I did'nt want to change it.

Hometown: Rootstown, Ohio

Chassis: Challenger

Engine Builder: Me

Birthdate: 2-8-43

Family: daughter, son, 2 grandchildren, I'm single and looking

Occupation: racecar owner/driver, and motor builder

Crew: Paul Kish Sr. and Denny Battles

Sponsors: NONE

Favorite Track: Mercer Raceway

Divisions competed in: Sprint Cars

Years Racing: 4 years driving - 18 years working on race cars

Wins/Championships: NONE

Regular Tracks/Series: Lernerville, Mercer, Tri-City / Triathalon Sprint Series

Hobbies: Fishing / Boating

Favorite TV show: Cops

Favorite Music: Older Rock 'n' Roll

Favorite Band: KC And The Sunshine Band

Favorite Food: Pizza and Hamburgers

Favorite Restaurant: East Park

Favorite Driver: Jac "The Wild Child" Haudenschild

How did you get started in racing? My father took me to midget races when I was small. I started going with Mike Latsch in 1987.

Who had the biggest impact on your racing career and why? Mike Latsch / Watching him do so good with the equiptment he had

What would you be doing if you weren't racing? Building racecars and motors

What is your favorite aspect of racing? Beating people who have better equiptment and more money

What is your greatest accomplishment/best memory? Finishing sixth in points with the Triathalon Sprint Series in 2002

What is the worst thing that has happened to you in racing, or your worst season? 2003 season, flipping two weeks in a row.

In your own words, describe your 2002 season: Started out the season with a 410 engine and took most of the season tuning the chassis to my driving style. Never really got good the whole season.

What are your plans for the 2003 season? Try to finish in the top ten in points at three tracks and make an All-Star or World of Outlaw show.

Where do you see Sprint Car racing in 5 years from now? I think that there will only be rich people with sprint cars and car counts will be down. Tracks will have to pay more on the lower end to keep people racing.

What is your ultimate goal? To win a feature race with my cheaper equiptment and smaller motor

Anything else you would like to add: I've met some of the nicest people that I have ever run into in the racing circle, all divisions. I love to talk to fans and kids. I'd like to see a program where a young kid could spend the night in the pits with their favorite driver and get them interested in racing. It may keep them out of trouble someday. I'd like to thank all of the fans that come out and support racing and especially the ones that root for me, thank you. Raymond (Butch) Beasley

Ohio/Pa Sprint Car Racing