Hometown:  Mars, Pennsylvania

Years Racing: 20

Birth Date:  June 1, 1973

Family:  Wife - Robyn, Daughter - Madison

Occupation:  Truck Driver

Career Wins:  34

Nickname:  “Big Show”

Hobbies:  Hunting

Memberships: 
 ~ Pittsburgh Circle Track Club
 ~ F. & A. M. John E. Mair Lodge #729
 ~ Mars VFW
~ - Westview Sportsmans Club
E-mail Address:  butch@lambertracing.com

Career Highlights:
~ 2012 - 6th place FASTRAK Northeast Touring Series
2011- Steel City Stampede Winner - Lernerville Speeway
~ 2011 Pittsburgh Circle Track Club Crate Late Model Champion
~ 2011 - 7th place FASTRAK Northeast Touring Series
~ 2010- 3rd Place FASTRAK Northeast Touring Series
~ 2009 Pittsburgh Circle Track Club Crate Late Model Champion
~ 2009 - 7th place FASTRAK Northeast Touring Series
~ 2009 - 28th place FASTRAK Grand Nationals
~ 2009 - 31st place FASTRAK National Weekly Racing Series      
~ 2008 McKean Co FASTRAK Northeast Jim Jerge Memorial Winner
      ~ 2008 Pittsburgh Circle Track Club Crate Late Model "Rookie of the Year"
      ~ 2008 - 10th Place in UEMS Series Points (Emod)
      ~ 2006 Lernerville Speedway Pure Stock Champion
      ~ 2006 Stover's Net Connection Hard Charger of the Year  
      ~ 2006 Challenger Raceway "Summer Sizzler" Winner
      ~ 2005 Lernerville Speedway Pure Stock Champion
      ~ 2005 Stover's Net Connection Hard Charger of the Year  
      ~ 2002 Lernerville Speedway Pure Stock Champion
      ~ 2001 Stewart Bus Lines Super Point Champion
      ~ 1999 Lernerville Speedway ARCH Sportsman of the Year

 

Bio:

Butch began his racing career back in 1991, when he began racing enduros as a senior in high school.  After a bad crash destroyed his car and sent him to the hospital, Butch decided to hang up his helmet for a few years.  He and Uncle Bill started building a new car for the Pure Stock Division at Lernerville in 1993, but the car wasn't ready to go until the beginning of the 1994 season.  He raced weekly at Lernerville Speedway & Challenger Raceway.  Through the winter of 1996 and into 1997, they built another new car and he started to become a regular Top 10 finisher at both tracks. 

For the 2000 season, with the help of Kennedy Family Racing, Butch debuted another new car.  On April 15, 2000 at Challenger Raceway's opening event, he won his first career feature event.  He went on to win six more features that year.  Butch and Robyn were married at the end of the 2000 season. 

In 2001 Butch visited victory lane eight times and won the Stewart Bus Lines Super Points Championship at Challenger Raceway.  He finished 3rd in points at Lernerville Speedway.  Also in 2001, Butch began driving the Wexford Racing E-mod, owned by Chuck Neely, on a full-time basis. 

2002 was a fantastic year for Butch as he competed in his pure stock at Lernerville Speedway and piloted the #27 Wexford Racing E-mod at Tri-City Speedway and various other tracks.  He picked up two feature wins in the stock and went on to be the 2002 Lernerville Speedway Dingbats Restaurants Pure Stock Champion. 

In 2003, the team struggled throughout most of the season.  Motor problems plagued Butch, forcing him to miss 2 events and even borrow a motor from Don Gamble twice.  Meanwhile, he still managed to finish in the Top 10 in 16 out of 21 events and 7th in the overall points standings at Lernerville.  Rain was the big story of 2003 as well, with 7 events being cancelled. 

The 2004 season was better, but not spectacular.  Butch picked up only 1 feature win, but finished 4th in the Lernerville point standings.  We decided to have Chris Schneider of SS Chassis build us a new car for 2005.  Although he struggled at the beginning of the season, the new SS Chassis lived up to expectations by mid-season.  He won his first race of the season on May 6th, then went on to pick up 5 more wins, including back to back features.  The wins helped him steadily move up in the points standings and by the final points night, he was only 1 point out of first.  He captured the heat and feature win that night and with that, won his second points championship by a mere 2 points over Greg Beach. 

No major changes were expected for the 2006 season, other than the anticipated arrival of Butch and Robyn's daughter, Madison, who was born on March 5th, 2006.  Butch had a spectacular 2006 season, winning 11 of 15 heat races at Lernerville Speedway and 4 feature event wins.  His worst finish of the season at Lernerville was a 5th place, and with that, he dominated the points standings and the hardcharger standings to become the 2006 Advance Auto Parts Points Champion and the Stover's Net Connection Hard Charger of the Year.  He also captured the Summer Sizzler win at Challenger Raceway.  In October of 2006 he ventured to Winchester Motor Speedway in Winchester, VA where he set 3rd fastest time, won his heat event, finished 2nd in the dash and 4th in the feature. 

2007 was another good season for Lambert Racing.  Butch captured 3 feature event wins at Lernerville Speedway and finished a solid 4th place in the final points standings after a flat tire sidelined him in the final event.  We put our beloved SS Chassis up for sale at the end of the season with plans to concentrate on running the Wexford Racing Emod and looking for that elusive first win.  We still had the stock at the beginning of the year so we had planned on running a limited "specials only" schedule with it.  One week before Lernerville's opening event, Butch got a call and the car was sold.  Within two weeks, we had located and purchased a turn-key 2002 Rocket Crate Late Model. 

Our plan was to focus our efforts for 2008 on the Emod and run a limited schedule with the Crate, however, that plan didn't stay in place for long.  Out of the box, Butch was comfortable in the Crate and the more he raced the more fun we had.  We ended up running all but one scheduled event at Tri-City, finished an incredible 35th out of 228 drivers in the FASTRAK National Weekly Points Championship, 31st in the FASTRAK Grand National Points, and ran at 10 different tracks in 4 different states, including trips to Eldora Speedway (OH), Wythe Raceway (VA) and Friendship Speedway (NC).  Butch also ran all but one UEMS Series events for the emod and ended up finishing 10th in their points standings. 

The 2009 season had its shares of ups and downs.  Some of the ups included finishing 11th at The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Memorial Day weekend in front of over 15,000 race fans, winning the Non-Qualifiers Race at Eldora Speedway and racing at 15 different racetracks in 6 states throughout the season.  The lows were having a nearly season-ending crash at Mercer on Memorial Day, losing an engine only 14 races into the season, and failing to qualify for Nights #2 & #3 of the FASTRAK Grand Nationals.  The 2009 season was also the first season since 2003 that the Lambert Racing #27 did not make it to Victory Lane.  Despite that, and missing 2 events, Butch's consistency put him in a tie for 7th place in the FASTRAK Northeast Touring Series points.  He also finished 31st in the FASTRAK National Weekly Series Points and 28th in the FASTRAK Grand Nationals Points.

In 2010, Butch raced his way to a strong 3rd place finish in the FASTRAK Northeast final point standings, despite facing bad luck and bad pill draws throughout the season.

For the 2011 season, we upgraded our chassis to a 2007 Rocket and struggled most of the year to figure it out.  As always, Butch's consistency kept him in the top 10 in series points, despite missing a few events due to work commitments and he finished 7th overall in the Northeast.  We made the decision to skip the FASTRAK Grand Nationals in 2011 and stay close to home to compete in the Steel City Stampede at Lernerville Speedway as our last event for the season.  That decision paid off as Butch led every lap of the 30 lap event and was crowned the 2011 Steel City Stampede Champion for his 34th career win.

2012 started off well with top 5 finishes and strong runs from deep in the field, as our pill draw bad luck continued to plague the team.  After three events, Butch found himself sitting in 2nd place in the FASTRAK Northeast Standings and held on to that spot through the first event of the Cross the Borders Speedweek on the 4th of July.  Our season went downhill from there, as the car was heavily damaged in a crash at PPMS in July, forcing us to miss two events at the end of the month.  Although he racked up many "Hard Charger" awards during the season, Victory Lane eluded us once again.  Butch finished the season in 6th in Northeast points despite missing 3 events.

The 2013 season is one of change in the Northeast for crate racing.  We will no longer be competing under the FASTRAK banner, but will now follow the newly formed RUSH Series and hope to make a strong run at the points title.  We will be faced with some hard decisions regarding events, as Butch's work schedule does not always cooperate with the race schedule.  2013 will not only mark Butch's 20th season behind the wheel of a race car, but it will also likely be his last.