Mid Season Grades: Ken Butler, III

Mid Season Grades: Ken Butler, III

TOLEDO OH (7-12-08)--While teammates Scott Speed and Justin Lofton have each found victory lane this season, Ken Butler III is still looking for his chance to put the No. 22 Aaron's Lucky Dog Dream Machine Toyota into the winner's circle. With 10 of 21 races complete, he's been able to earn one SIM Factory Pole Award, one top-5 and four top-10 finishes.

Butler is currently 11th in the ARCA RE/MAX Series point standings and is the next featured driver in arcaracing.com's "Mid Season Report Cards", which recaps the 2008 performance of a different ARCA RE/MAX Series driver and team each day, focusing on the top-15 championship point contenders.

Ken Butler, III's Season Stats at a Glance:

Ken Butler, III                          
DOB: 5/2/1982                                        
Hometown: Lilburn, Georgia                        
Profession: Race Driver                        
Marital Status: Single                                    
No. of Children: No Children                                          
2008 STATS:                                                  
Date Track Start Finish Laps Led Laps Completed Reason Out
2-9 Daytona Int'l Speedway 34 19 0 73/80 Running
4-13 Salem Speedway 15 20 0 161/204 Running
4-19 Iowa Speedway 9 7 0 250/250 Running
4-25 Kansas Speedway 1 7 0 100/100 Running
5-4 Rockingham Speedway 9 39 0 114/312 Accident
5-10 Kentucky Speedway 20 4 0 112/112 Running
5-18 Toledo Speedway 7 25 0 202/204 Running
6-7 Pocono Raceway 17 11 0 86/86 Running
6-13 Michigan Int'l Speedway 14 7 0 100/100 Running
6-29 Cayuga Speedway Park 11 21 0 175/257 Accident
  2008 RE-CAP                                                
  Starts Wins Top-5's Top-10's Laps Led Races Led Poles  
  10 0 1 4 0 0 1  

Mid Season Report Card:

Professor Driver Grade  Team Grade  Analysis 
 phil.jpg C C  I'm probably most disappointed with the season that Ken Butler, III and his Eddie Sharp Racing Team have had.This is a team that won a race at Toledo Speedway last year and is part of a very strong 3-car team. Ken came to the ARCA RE/MAX Series without much experience but non-the-less has not performed up to expectations this season. This team still has plenty of time to get back on track but they need to become a consistent top-ten team.
 rick.jpg B - B -  If KB3 wants to be a top-10 points contender in the ARCA RE/MAX Series he is going to have to work on his consistency. We know that this is a driver capable of winning races and we know that Eddie Sharp Racing is capable of providing equipment that can win races. Ken heads into the remainder of the season with a completely different team. Maybe the changes will provide the chemistry and confidence needed to propel this program forward.
 jim.jpg C + B -  Proven fast in qualifying, fast in the race in the right conditions.  Working through a steady learning process in his first full-season ARCA RE/MAX Series.  ESR has worked real hard, like a lot of teams, to provide consistently fast race cars.  The building of race cars in the shop has allowed ESR to have their own notes, which will help the entire operation.
 stevewronkowicz.jpg  C C  This is a race team and driver that big things were ecpected of in 2008.  2007 showed good promise for Ken and Eddie Sharp Racing and therefore, wins and top tens were expected from this team.  One pole among four top ten qualifying attempts show that Ken and ESR have horsepower but have had a hard time sealing the deal.  A forth at Kentucky along with seventh at Michigan, Kansas and Iowa show Ken's strengths.  Some work still needs to be done on the short stuff.
 charlieturner.jpg C B  KB3 ought to get half a grade bump for having the best nickname in ARCA, but I probably can't do that. One top five - 4th at Kentucky - and four top tens are hurt bad by two wrecks, including a very disappointing one at Cayuga, where he was in contention for the win.  The team has all the tools and Butler is a past ARCA RE/MAX Series winner. They need a little luck.

 Ken Butler, III B A  I grade myself a B because I feel like I'm capable of winning races we've just had some unfortunate luck this year. Which, of course, is disappointing for all of us, but it is a part of racing.  I still have a lot of learning to do. I grade my new team an A for coming in midway through the season and pulling everything together quickly to get me running Top 5 with a car that was capable of winning our first race together [at Cayuga]. 

Arcaracing.com's "Mid Season Report Cards" recaps the 2008 performance of a different ARCA RE/MAX Series driver and team each day, focusing on the top-15 championship point contenders. Agree or disagree with a driver's analysis? Grade them yourself at the ARCA Nation Forums.