Year:  Top Photo, 196? Second Photo, 1988 Third 1989, Fourth Late 60ís/1970. Fifth 1988. Sixth Mid 70's

Seventh: Before Christ (we think) How old is Butch? Eighth: 1980, Ninth 1979

 

Driver:   Butch Jelley

 

Photo Contributed by: 

 

Top Photo: Bobby Ely

 

Second Photo: Bob Simpson

 

Third Photo: Joe & Leslie Friscia

 

Fourth Photo: Bobby Ely

 

Fifth Photo: Doug Olds

 

Sixth Photo: Hotrod

 

Seventh Photo: Larry Faulkner Jr.

 

Eighth Photo: Dave Healey

 

Ninth Photo: Larry Faulkner Jr.

 

Photo Credits: 

 

Top Photo: Chuck Ely Photo

 

Second Photo: Bob Simpson

 

Third Photo: Unknown

 

Fourth Photo: Chuck Ely Photo

 

Fifth Photo: Doug Olds

 

Sixth Photo: Ely Photos

 

Seventh Photo: Moses?

 

Eighth Photo: Unknown

 

Ninth Photo: Faulkner Family

 

The Back Story:

Top Photo:

Butch strikes a pose next to the Riiska X before hot laps.  Looks like another great crowd is gathering on a perfect looking Saturday Night.

Second Photo:

Butch Jelley hot on the hammer driving the Williams and Kingsley owned #28 machine out of Pittsfield.

Third Photo:

April 22nd, 1989, and Butch Jelley once again found victory lane in the always potent Williams and Kingsley Auto Repair owned #28ís, wrenched by Dickie Williams and Billy Kinglsey.This was the last time Butch ever graced victory lane at Lebanon Valley.The same couldnít be said for Dickie or Billy, who scored numerous wins with their next shoe, Chris Moore into the 90ís.When Chris stopped racing weekly at LV, Billy retired from the racing game, while Dickie teamed up with J.R. Heffner, and helped him win the 2007 modified points championship.

Fourth Photo:

This was just another picture of Butch Jelley in the Martin Riiska yellow X, until I noticed something interesting in the picture.

Iíd have to say Butch was just assigned this ride, as the name of the original driver of this car has been crudely scratched off, and Butchís name has been added in the next available spot.I looked closely, and all I can make out is the first name began with a ďJĒ.I know Bill Wilson took a whack at the X cars, but it definitely isnít his name, this may be easy for some of the LVC regulars, but I have no clue who shoed this before.

Fifth Photo:

Early season picture of Butch posing next to the new wide body Williams and Kingsley Olsen #28.

 

Sixth Photo:

Two of the best run nose to tail through 3 & 4, Kenny Coon and Butch.

 

Seventh Photo:

This is a picture of Butch Jelley tempting fate by driving Larry Faulkner Sr.s midget in this undated photo. Thatís big Larry standing directly behind Butch with his hand on the ambulance (probably didnít want that thing getting too far away given the safety of the midgets back then )*

Larry Faulkner Jr.

*Those are the words of Hot Rod, Not Larry Jr.

Eighth Photo:

Perhaps one of thee fastest and advanced cars of itís era, this gorgeous Bruce Berger owned rocket was I believe one of the first 5 Olsen chassis ever built.The car went like hell, and if I remember right, Bruce and Butch would travel weekly up to Canada for the majority of the season, cleaning up the big $$ the tracks offered.

Later in the season, the pair parted ways, and Bruce called on long time friend Russ Blake to pilot the potent 26 for the remainder of the season.

 

 

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