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Scene Vault: Butch Hylton on Chad Knaus, Scuffle with Jeff Burton

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Butch Hylton was a longtime crew member and crew chief for drivers like Stanley Smith, Ward Burton, Mark Martin, Bobby Labonte, Tony Stewart, Ricky Rudd, Dale Jarrett, Ron Hornaday and Kevin Harvick. 

This week in the first of what will be three GREAT installments of our interview with Butch, he talks about moving from here to there to back again and finally to North Carolina as he tries to make his way up the NASCAR ladder; his friendship with future NASCAR Hall of Famer Chad Knaus; a 212-mph test with Ward Burton; taping his thumb to his air gun in order to keep working after an injury; an all-out scuffle with Roush Racing teammate JEFF Burton and then, finally, his time with brash youngster Tony Stewart.

In our second segment, hosts Rick Houston and Steve Waid check out the May 29, 1997 issue of Winston Cup Scene. 

Jeff Gordon wins a rain-shortened Coca-Cola 600, his FIFTH win in just eleven races to that point in the season. Ford teams got a rules concession because of Wonder Boy’s dominance. This all comes just a week after the one and only appearance of Ray Evernham’s infamous T-Rex race car.

Joe Nemechek wins Charlotte’s Busch Series race, just two months after losing his brother John as the result of a truck series accident at Homestead and Tony Raines gives Dodge its first major NASCAR win in twenty years in a truck race at I-70 Speedway in Missouri.

Dave Marcis keeps right on fishing after injuring his hand and Robby Gordon’s attempt at the Indianapolis 500/Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte same-day double duty gets washed out.

NOTE: This show is not associated in any way with American City Business Journals, owner of the Scene brand.

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