Butch ran many different divisions of racing in his illustrious career, including super modifieds, sprint cars, midgets and late models. Butch, who’s father, Willie, and younger brother Gary are also in the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame, started his driving career in 1953 at Capital City Speedway and amassed about 300 feature wins before hanging up his helmet in 1982.
Butch was probably best known for running the Max Dowker super modified. In 1980 he completely dominated the TRI-SAC season by winning all nine events and easily went on to win the TRI-SAC championship as he accumulated nearly double the points of his nearest competitor Marv Carman. Butch also set a new worlds record for a 3/8 mile paved track at Kalamazoo Speedway. Over the years he won championships at Capital City Speedway, Spartan Speedway, Owosso Speedway and Kalamazoo Speedway.
Some of his biggest wins were the Ed Jones Memorial at Owosso Speedway, the Dri-Powr 200 at Crystal Raceway, the Baldy Baker Memorial at Midvale Speedway in Ohio, and the Willie Fedewa Memorial race at Spartan Speedway.
Some of Butch’s proudest moments were in winning four sportsmanship awards and the Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club Achievement Award in 1980.