2017-11-12 Bo Butner won the Pro Stock Final Round with a pass of 6.554 seconds at 210.70 mph at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, CA and therein won the 2017 World Championship.
Butner started the Auto Club NHRA Finals trailing his teammate Greg Anderson by 40-points, in short he needed to win two more rounds than Anderson to clinch the title.
“This says so much about the KB Racing team,” said Butner. “I lease a car from them and they’ve given me everything I need to win a championship. What a great season. I’m very happy for all the guys who work on this team. They all pulled together and got it done. I’m living proof that miracles do happen. I’ve truly been blessed.”
“This has been a long season and a tough season,” Butner said. “We were all bunched together all year, but the KB guys gave me the best. It’s amazing. When you are a kid you dream about hitting a free throw with no time on the clock and that’s kind of what this deal was. I didn’t drive the best today. When it’s your day, I’m blessed. I like how it looked on paper. You have to have your destiny in your own hands. You don’t want to have to watch someone else. That’s shocking to me. I got butterflies in the semi’s and I had to get my game face on for the final. Then in the final, that’s tough. Tanner is going to be a champion.”
“I’m still a Stock racer at heart,” Butner said. “I still run Super Stock and Comp and I think I had the whole sportsman world backing me. When Dan Fletcher is down there screaming and hollering for you it’s pretty cool. I think we’ll have more Pro Stock fans next year because of this.”