Big day for Line in Brainerd with 49th Pro Stock win and first at his home track

38th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

Photo credit: Auto Imagery

BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 18, 2019) – Jason Line was all business when he arrived at Brainerd International Raceway (BIR) for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. The driver of the silver Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro came to the event with 48 Pro Stock wins on his scorecard, but none of them had actually taken place on the hallowed grounds of the facility where he cut his racing teeth. On Sunday in Brainerd, though, Line righted the ship and scored the trophy, putting Team Summit – plus a gigantic group of friends and family – in the winner’s circle with a final-round defeat of Erica Enders.

“It was a good weekend, and today was very cool,” said Line, who had the quickest car in every round of qualifying to secure the 55th pole of his career and lay the groundwork for a trophy on Sunday. “You want to win in front of your friends and family; as fun as it is for me, it’s probably just as much fun for them. For me to see them and see how happy they are, that makes it super special.”

Line’s Summit Racing Chevy was a beast throughout eliminations. In the opening act, he made the second-quickest run of the round, utilizing a 6.589-second pass at 208.78 – the best speed of round one – to advance over Wally Stroupe’s 6.714, 205.38. With lane choice over Alex Laughlin in round two, Line launched first by .004-second and recorded low elapsed time of the event, 6.583 at 209.26, to send Laughlin home on a 6.610, 207.50.

The semifinals set Line up against KB Racing teammate Deric Kramer, and when his opponent fouled out by .041-second then shook the tires, the streaking silver Summit Racing Chevy got the nod with the quickest and fastest pass of the round, 6.590, 209.94.

In the other lane for the final round, Line found Enders, a driver who was 21-20 against him in prior events and 4-1 against him in previous finals. This time, Line wasn’t having it. He dealt Enders his best reaction time of the day, a .016 to her .014, and inched ahead before the stripe to win by just .005 on a 6.597, 209.10 to 6.604, 207.59.

“I have my moments but she’s as good as anybody ever, as far as letting her left foot out. I don’t care who that is, whether it’s Coughlin or Alderman or Connolly or Tanner Gray – anyone. She’s as good as there has ever been,” said Line. “My goal is to get close to her and hopefully outrun her, and we did that today.”

The victory is actually Line’s second Lucas Oil Nationals win, but his first came in 2014 in a rain-delayed final round that took place two weeks later during qualifying for the U.S. Nationals, far away from BIR, his family and friends. This weekend’s celebration was exceptionally joyful because he could share it with all of those folks who missed it the first time around.

It also continued a streak, making this the 16th consecutive season in which Line has won in Pro Stock. It is the longest winning streak of any active Pro driver.

“As we get older, we realize these moments will be fewer and farther between,” said Line. “This is very special. I’m super excited – well, as excited as I get, anyway. My dad, Lawrence, he’s kind of a numbers guy, and he likes streaks, so he makes a big deal out of the fact that I’ve won a race every year I’ve raced in Pro Stock. He puts a lot of pressure on me to make sure that continues, so to do it here in front of him is very cool. I’m pretty sure he’s proud. It was just a great weekend and a fun day, for sure.”

With the win, Line moved up to No. 4 in the Pro Stock points with just one race to go before the NHRA Countdown to the Championship field is set.

Teammate Greg Anderson, driver of the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, remains No. 2 in the standings after his car pulled to the right, got out of the groove, and then couldn’t be set back on course quick enough to claim victory over Laughlin in the first round. It was particularly disappointing for Anderson after reaching the final at each of the most recent three events and earning two coveted Wally trophies for his efforts.

“We just didn’t really get a good run this weekend, and we never found what we were looking for with the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro,” said four-time Pro Stock champion Anderson, a native of Duluth, Minn., who owns 94 of KB Racing’s 157 national event wins.

“That’s hard, it’s a tough pill to swallow, especially here because you want to do so well in front of your family and friends and with everyone here cheering for you. The good news is that we’re still No. 2 in the points, and we’ve shown these last few races that we know what this car wants. Hopefully, we’ll get back in shape at Indy in two weeks. It was great today to see Jason finally get a win at Brainerd. Really, it was a good weekend for Team Summit, we just have some work to do with the red car. I’m confident we’ll get there.”

The next stop on the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour will be the historic U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, Aug. 28 – Sept. 2.

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Results:
R1: Jason Line defeated Wally Stroupe, 6.589-second at 208.78 mph to 6.714, 205.38
R2: Line def. Alex Laughlin, 6.583, 209.26 to 6.610, 207.50
R3: Line def. Deric Kramer, 6.590, 208.94 to (red light) 22.533, 34.76
R4: Line def. Erica Enders, 6.597, 209.10 to 6.604, 207.59

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Results:
R1: Alex Laughlin defeated Greg Anderson, 6.865-second at 205.91 mph to 8.695, 106.29

Bo Butner
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Results:
R1: Bo Butner defeated Val Smeland, 6.595-second at 208.36 mph to 6.642, 207.46
R2: Matt Hartford def. Butner, 6.608, 208.01 to 6.643, 209.10

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, race 11 of 18)

1. Bo Butner (4), 874*
2. Greg Anderson (2), 802*
3. Alex Laughlin, 794*
4. Jason Line (1), 774*
5. Matt Hartford (1), 753*
6. Deric Kramer (1), 709*
7. Erica Enders, 697*
8. Jeg Coughlin (1), 663*
9. Chris McGaha (1), 581*
10. Kenny Delco, 363
11. Fernando Cuadra, 360

*Clinched berth in NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship

#BrainerdNats
**Full results at DragRaceCentral.com**

Line secures third No. 1 at home track, 55th of career with NHRA Brainerd pole

38th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

Photo credit: Auto Imagery

BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 17, 2019) – This weekend’s Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway (BIR) has so far gone according to plan for Jason Line and the silver Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro. Line, who is a native of Wright, Minnesota, and considers BIR his home track, had the quickest Pro Stock car in each of the four qualifying sessions. His best time of 6.606-second at 207.27 mph locked him into the 55th No. 1 qualifier award of his career and third at the facility where he grew up bracket racing.

“It happens sometimes, for whatever reason, that a car is super happy at a particular place. Apparently, mine thinks this is home – it’s very happy here,” said Line, who scooped up maximum bonus qualifying points as the top car every time they were called forward.

“My Summit Racing Chevy is really good. It’s certainly the best car I’ve had in years,” said Line. “We’ve made four really good runs, and that’s not always easy to do. There are a lot of good cars, but being able to have the quickest car in four sessions, in today’s Pro Stock that’s no small feat. It’s been really good, very predictable, and it’s been doing what we ask it to do, so that’s a good thing.”

Line, No. 5 in the Pro Stock standings, appreciates the boost of confidence heading into Sunday, when he will kick off eliminations with a first-round meeting with KB Racing-powered Wally Stroupe. Technically, Line has a Lucas Oil Nationals win on his scorecard – but it didn’t occur at BIR. Due to bad weather, the 2014 final round was delayed two weeks and run during qualifying for the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis.

“I would just like to win Pro Stock here,” stated the 48-time Pro Stock winner and two-time Stock Eliminator national event victor. “It would be fun and something to enjoy with my friends and family all together. That’s a rare thing in our sport, so I think that would be cool.”

Line’s teammate, fellow Minnesotan Greg Anderson, driver of the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, didn’t have quite as smooth sailing in qualifying, but he is confident that his car will come around on Sunday. Anderson was a finalist in each of the last three races and came home from the Western Swing with two trophies. He is a three-time Brainerd winner and in the hunt for the 94th Pro Stock trophy of his career.

Anderson, No. 2 in the Pro Stock points, will square off with Alex Laughlin in round one.

“I have some work to do. My car just isn’t wanting to run this weekend, and I’ve made a lot of changes, but I’m not finding it yet,” said Anderson, who clocked a best time of 6.641, 205.98. “I’m going to have to change a few more things before first round tomorrow, and hopefully we hit it. Where we are now is not going to cut it.”

Points leader Bo Butner, who wheels his Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro with a KB Racing bullet under the hood, had a racecar that came alive on the second day of qualifying. His best time of 6.624, 207.08 set him up for a start from the No. 3 position and a first-round meeting with Val Smeland. Butner is on the opposite side of the ladder from Line and Anderson.

“I’ve been in a driving slump, and the car has been in a slump,” admitted Butner. “But I drove a little better this weekend, and the Jim Butner Auto Group Chevy Camaro is a lot better, so I feel really good. You like to go into the Countdown to the Championship thinking the car’s still got it and you’re capable, so today was good.”

Final eliminations for the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway will take place on Sunday, beginning at 11am CT.

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Results:
Q1: 6.613-second at 207.46 mph (No. 1, +3 bonus points)
Q2: 6.606, 207.27 (No. 1, +3)
Q3: 6.617, 207.05 (No. 1, +3)
Q4: 6.627, 206.89 (No. 1, +3)

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Results:
Q1: 6.653-second at 206.54 mph (No. 9)
Q2: 6.643, 206.01 (No. 8)
Q3: 6.641, 205.98 (No. 8)
Q4: 6.646, 206.92 (No. 8)

Bo Butner
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Results:
Q1: 6.643-second at 207.53 mph (No. 7)
Q2: 6.633, 206.64 (No. 6)
Q3: 6.624, 207.08 (No. 3, +2 bonus points)
Q4: 6.633, 206.76 (No. 3, +1 bonus point)

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals qualifying, race 11 of 18)

1. Bo Butner (4), 854*
2. Greg Anderson (2), 802*
3. Alex Laughlin, 774*
4. Matt Hartford (1), 713*
5. Jason Line, 694*
6. Deric Kramer (1), 669*
7. Jeg Coughlin (1), 643*
8. Erica Enders, 637*
9. Chris McGaha (1), 561
10. Kenny Delco, 363
11. Fernando Cuadra, 360

*Clinched berth in NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship

Race Info
38th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals
Brainerd International Raceway
Brainerd, Minnesota
August 15-18, 2019

Run Schedule (all times local)
Sunday, August 18
10:00 a.m. – Pre-race ceremonies
11:00 a.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro eliminations begin,
eliminations for all categories continue

#NHRAonFOX Schedule (all times ET)
Finals / Sunday – 2-5 PM ET / FS1

#BrainerdNats

**Full results at DragRaceCentral.com**

Points leader Butner picking up the pace in Pro Stock, going rounds in Super Gas at NHRA Brainerd

IMG_6897BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 17, 2019) – Pro Stock points leader Bo Butner, who wheels his Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro with a KB Racing bullet under the hood, had a racecar that came alive on the second day of qualifying at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. He also has a Super Gas car that has taken a liking to the conditions at Brainerd International Raceway, where he will head into Sunday eliminations with a shot at the title in both categories.

Butner’s best time of 6.624, 207.08 set him up for a start from the No. 3 position and a first-round meeting with Val Smeland in Pro Stock.

“I’ve been in a driving slump, and the car has been in a slump,” admitted Butner. “But I drove a little better this weekend, and the Jim Butner Auto Group Chevy Camaro is a lot better, so I feel really good. You like to go into the Countdown to the Championship thinking the car’s still got it and you’re capable, so today was good. I really believe driving the Chevy Corvette roadster in Super Gas and seeing the tree a few more times is making the difference. We’re down to four in Super Gas going into Sunday.”

Butner purchased the Super Gas car ahead of NHRA Sonoma Nationals a few weeks ago, entered the event, and won the race. After a second-round exit in Seattle, he is going to the semifinals in Brainerd.

“The second round in Seattle, I’m not a guy that slams the brakes on at the finish line, but you kind of have to. If I’d have done that at Seattle, I would have won that round,” said Butner, an avid Sportsman racer with 27 overall wins in NHRA national event competition. “So I told myself just go ahead and try it, and it’s worked out good. We’ve had a good little run with that car, and it’s a very good car. It’s the exact same Tree as Pro Stock, and it’s all about concentrating, staring at that bulb, and staging correctly. I haven’t hit the Tree great in the Pro Stock car, but I know how to get back to that. If our car is in the .020s on the Tree and goes A to B it’s hard to beat.”

The quick success that Butner has had in Super Gas has not gone unnoticed by his fellow Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series competitors.

“It’s so cool; all the Sportsman racers, even up here, they say, ‘I can’t believe you want to come do this,’ ” said Butner. “But it’s like, this is what I am. I never left Sportsman racing. The support has been great, and if we keep winning, I don’t know if the support will stay that way – but so far, it’s been great. A lot of [Pro] drivers have shown interest in getting a Super Gas or a Sportsman car, so that’s been neat, too. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s a good tool. It keeps me busy.”

Final eliminations for the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway will take place on Sunday, beginning at 11am CT.

Bo Butner
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Pro Stock results:
Q1: 6.643-second at 207.53 mph (No. 7)
Q2: 6.633, 206.64 (No. 6)
Q3: 6.624, 207.08 (No. 3)
Q4: 6.633, 206.76 (No. 3, +1 bonus point)

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals qualifying, race 11 of 18)

1. Bo Butner (4), 854*
2. Greg Anderson (2), 802*
3. Alex Laughlin, 774*
4. Matt Hartford (1), 713*
5. Jason Line, 694*
6. Deric Kramer (1), 669*
7. Jeg Coughlin (1), 643*
8. Erica Enders, 637*
9. Chris McGaha (1), 561
10. Kenny Delco, 363
11. Fernando Cuadra, 360

*Clinched berth in NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship

Race Info
38th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals
Brainerd International Raceway
Brainerd, Minnesota
August 15-18, 2019

Run Schedule (all times local)
Sunday, August 18
10:00 a.m. – Pre-race ceremonies
11:00 a.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro eliminations begin,
eliminations for all categories continue

#NHRAonFOX Schedule (all times ET)
Finals / Sunday – 2-5 PM ET / FS1

#BrainerdNats
**Full results at DragRaceCentral.com**

Minnesota native Line earns provisional pole on Friday at NHRA Brainerd

paN1O3V3REue1UBuSbG41wBRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 16, 2019) – Jason Line and the silver Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro looked right at home at Brainerd International Raceway (BIR) on Friday at the NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals. Line, a two-time No. 1 qualifier in Brainerd, had the quickest Pro Stock car in the field in both of the first two sessions, and he’ll look to preserve his possession of the pole on the second day of qualifying at the racetrack where he grew up.

“It’s fun racing here, a lot of chaos, but it’s fun,” said Line, whose extended family is participating in Sportsman racing – mostly in Stock Eliminator – at the event. “I love coming back here and seeing all the folks I grew up with. This is where I made my first-ever lap down a racetrack. I won my first race here, my first national event here, my first points meet here. A lot of firsts for me here. My dad ran his car here at the very first race they ever had here in 1968. He still has the car, a J/S ’67 Impala.”

Although Line has done a lot at BIR, he has yet to win Pro Stock inside the walls of the venerable facility. Technically, the 48-time Pro Stock victor has a Brainerd win, but the final round was rain-delayed, and he scored the trophy in Indianapolis two weeks later. That was 2014, and so far, he’s looking at his best shot since then to claim victory at home.

Line clocked a 6.613-second pass at 207.46 mph in the first session for the top spot, then in the second round of qualifying blasted to an even better 6.606, 207.27.

“Everybody is so close, so you want to qualify near the top,” said Line. “I haven’t done a good job of that in a while, so it feels good. My Summit Racing Chevy went a little faster, but I’m struggling. I need to go back to shift school; I left a few thousandths out there – but it was a nice run.

“I don’t know if it will hold, but I like where I’m at. I don’t want to trade with anybody.”

Qualifying continues on Saturday at Brainerd International Raceway with sessions scheduled at 1:30 and 4:30 pm CT. Sunday eliminations are scheduled to begin at 11am.

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Results:
Q1: 6.613-second at 207.46 mph (No. 1, +3 bonus points)
Q2: 6.606, 207.27 (No. 1, +3)

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Results:
Q1: 6.653-second at 206.54 mph (No. 9)
Q2: 6.643, 206.01 (No. 8)

Bo Butner
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Results:
Q1: 6.643-second at 207.53 mph (No. 7)
Q2: 6.633, 206.64 (No. 6)

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after NHRA Northwest Nationals, race 10 of 18)

1. Bo Butner (4), 815*
2. Greg Anderson (2), 769*
3. Alex Laughlin, 742*
4. Matt Hartford (1), 679*
5. Jason Line, 644
6. Deric Kramer (1), 632
7. Jeg Coughlin (1), 609
8. Erica Enders, 593
9. Chris McGaha (1), 529
10. Kenny Delco, 331
11. Fernando Cuadra, 327

*Clinched berth in NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship

Race Info
38th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals
Brainerd International Raceway
Brainerd, Minnesota
August 15-18, 2019

Run Schedule (all times local)
Saturday, August 17
9:30 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations continue
1:30 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 3
4:30 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 4

Sunday, August 18
10:00 a.m. – Pre-race ceremonies
11:00 a.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro eliminations begin,
eliminations for all categories continue

#NHRAonFOX Schedule (all times ET)
Qualifying / Saturday – 11 PM-12 AM ET / FS1
Finals / Sunday – 2-5 PM ET / FS1

#BrainerdNats

**Results at DragRaceCentral.com**

Progress and Projection with KB Racing Crew Chief Rob Downing

IMG_0403Progress report following Seattle’s NHRA Northwest Nationals (race 10 of 18) and ahead of the NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway

Western Swing wrap-up:
We had some ups and downs on the Swing. We didn’t do our best job in qualifying, but overall, we’re super happy with how the KB Racing Chevrolet Camaros are running. We still need to work on a little bit of consistency issues, but the red Summit Racing Chevy seems to be coming around and working good on Sundays. It’s certainly tunable, so we’re way excited about that.

Being so close to sweeping the Swing was really cool, and obviously we were right there and had a chance to do it, it just wasn’t our day. When we did it in 2004, those were our first three races with Summit Racing as our sponsor, and I didn’t really realize it until we were walking up for the finals in Seattle. It would have been cool to do it again this year for them, 15 years later, but to just be in a position to do it was really good.

Overall grade for the Western Swing:
I would say B. We had some great moments, but it could have been better.

Looking toward Brainerd:
The trucks went straight from Seattle to Brainerd, so we didn’t have any time at the shop working on the cars, but we went back, studied runs, looked at last year’s Brainerd, and will just try to do better. It’s a hometown race for the two Summit Racing drivers, so there is a lot going on surrounding this event. It’s good though. We have a lot of support there, that’s for sure, and we appreciate it.

Brainerd memories:
For me, it goes back to going to that race with my dad [Lorin Downing] when I was 13 or 14 years old. It’s 12 hours from where we lived. We went there to a national event in the early 80s, and I have pictures of me standing in the staging lanes with Lee Shepherd’s car. That’s a good one.

Team Summit Pre-Race Package NHRA Brainerd

32nd Sonoma NHRA NationalsKB Racing, Pro Stock race 11 of 18

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS7
Current points position: No. 2

Event-Specific Notes:
• Greg Anderson, born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota, is the driver of the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro.
• The driver of the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro won two of the last three events on the tour. Anderson was victorious in Denver and then again in Sonoma to score the 92nd and 93rd Pro Stock trophies of his career. He enters the event No. 2 in the Pro Stock points.
• The KB Racing team has six combined Lucas Oil Nationals trophies. Anderson has three (2003, 2009, 2011), Jason Line has one (in a rain-delayed final round that took place at the U.S. Nationals two weeks later in 2014), and co-crew chief Dave Connolly has two as a driver (2004, 2006).

Driver Notes:
• 2019 is Anderson’s 21st season as a Pro Stock driver. He began his career as a crew member and then was crew chief for championship winning driver Warren Johnson before taking the reins of his own Pro Stock car in Columbus in 1998.
• Las Vegas-based Ken Black brought Anderson on board as a tuner, then a driver for KB Racing. They won their first race together in 2001. They have been racing together for nearly two decades and have, along with crew chief Rob Downing, built a team that now owns 156 national event wins and eight championships.
• Anderson is a four-time NHRA Pro Stock world champion (2003-05, 2010)
• Anderson is the most decorated Pro Stock driver on the current tour. He has 93 national event wins and is the second-most winning driver of all time in the category (W. Johnson has 97).

Anderson in Brainerd
3 wins in 6 final rounds
Runner-up 2002 (Jeg Coughlin Jr.)
Won 2003 (defeated Kurt Johnson)
Runner-up 2004 (Dave Connolly)
Runner-up 2007 (Coughlin)
Won 2009 (defeated Jason Line)
Won 2011 (defeated Erica Enders)
No. 1 in 2004, 2006, 2008
Last year: Qualified No. 9; semifinals

Anderson’s career stats through 2019 NHRA Northwest Nationals in Seattle
(most recent Pro Stock event)
4-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2003-05, 2010)
462 Pro Stock races
93 wins
63 runner-up finishes
156 overall final rounds
103 No. 1 qualifier awards
Career best e.t.: 6.457
Career best speed: 215.48

Quote:
“Brainerd is a lot like Seattle, and we did a great job there two weeks ago. My Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro was probably the happiest it’s been all year, and that means it’s going to be happy at Brainerd, too. We have a lot of support there, and that is another great help to us. We just made a lot of strides over the Western Swing – racecar-wise, team-wise, Greg Anderson confidence-wise. We made big strides, so I can’t wait to get to the next race.”

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS5
Current points position: No. 5

Event-Specific Notes:
• Wright, Minnesota-native Jason Line, driver of the silver Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro, has one Brainerd win entering this weekend’s event. Of note, however, is that his Lucas Oil Nationals Pro Stock victory was actually earned two weeks after the teams departed Brainerd International Raceway. The 2014 event was completed in Indianapolis due to a weather delay.
• Line’s first career national event win took place in Brainerd in the Stock Eliminator category in 1992. He also won Stock at BIR in 1997.

Driver Notes:
• Jason Line debuted a new Jerry Haas-built Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro at the 2019 Mello Yello Series season-opener in Pomona and wheeled it to the final round
• The driver of the silver Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro accumulated 600 Pro Stock round wins with his first-round victory in Richmond. It is the third most of any active driver in the category.
• The Mooresville, N.C.-based driver has 50 national event wins on his scorecard: 48 in Pro Stock and two in Stock Eliminator, one of NHRA’s premier Sportsman categories.
• In addition to driving for KB Racing, Line is the dyno operator at KB Racing and is part of the tuning team for the cars in the KB Racing stable
• Line has three NHRA Pro Stock world titles with KB Racing (2006, 2011, 2016), as well as one NHRA Sportsman championship earned in Stock Eliminator behind the wheel of his 1970 Buick Gran Sport (1993)
• His Pro Stock debut was in 2003 in Columbus

Line in Brainerd
1 win in 5 final rounds
Runner-up 2016 (Drew Skillman)
Runner-up 2015 (Erica Enders)
Won 2014 (defeated Jeg Coughlin Jr.)
Runner-up 2009 (Greg Anderson)
Runner-up 2006 (Dave Connolly)
No. 1 in 2007, 2011
Last year: Qualified No. 7; semifinals

Line’s career stats through 2019 NHRA Northwest Nationals, Seattle
(most recent event)
3-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2006, 2011, 2016)
1993 NHRA Stock Eliminator champion
366 Pro Stock races
48 Pro Stock wins
50 overall wins, including NHRA Sportsman and Professional categories
(2 Stock Eliminator, 48 Pro Stock)
52 runner-up finishes
100 Pro Stock final rounds
102 overall final rounds, including NHRA Sportsman and Professional competition
(2 Stock Eliminator, 100 Pro Stock)
54 Pro Stock No. 1 qualifier awards
Career best e.t.: 6.455
Career best speed: 215.17

Quote:
“Everybody knows I love Brainerd. I don’t know that it loves me back, but I love going there. It’s great to see my family and friends and folks I used to bracket race with 35 years ago. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long, but it’s fun to see everybody, and I always love going back there. I don’t know that I’ll be ‘helping’ anyone this weekend, but I’ll be ‘hindering’ on some Sportsman cars. I always enjoy that part a lot.”

Bo Butner
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS8
Current points position: No. 1

Event-Specific Notes:
• Floyds Knobs, Indiana, native Butner won in Brainerd in Competition Eliminator in 2005, the first time he drove a clutch racecar
• This year’s event in Brainerd will be the 100th Pro Stock race of Butner’s career
• The 2017 Pro Stock champion reached the final round there that year to pad his points lead as the Countdown to the Championship came into view

Driver Notes:
• Butner won the first race of the 2019 season and then again in Gainesville, Las Vegas, and Richmond. He is the incoming points leader.
• Last October, Butner decided to hang up his Pro driving gloves and return to his Sportsman racing roots to focus on the Jim Butner Auto Group family business and his growing family (his first grandchild was born just after Gainesville). When the schedule was shortened to 18 races, though, he was encouraged by his mom, Dottie, to reconsider.
• An accomplished NHRA Sportsman racer, Butner earned the Comp Eliminator championship in 2006 and has four Division 3 season titles
• Butner has 11 Pro Stock wins on his scorecard

Butner in Brainerd
1 final round
Runner-up 2017 (Tanner Gray)
Last year: Qualified No. 4; first round

Butner’s career stats through 2019 NHRA Northwest Nationals, Seattle
(most recent event)
2017 NHRA Pro Stock champion
2006 Competition Eliminator champion
99 races
11 Pro Stock wins
13 Pro Stock runner-up finishes
24 overall Pro Stock final rounds
10 Pro Stock No. 1 qualifier awards
27 overall wins, including NHRA Sportsman competition
(11 Pro stock, 6 Comp Eliminator, 3 Super Stock, 5 Stock Eliminator, 1 Super Street, 1 Super Gas)
54 overall final rounds, including NHRA Sportsman and Professional competition
(24 Pro Stock, 13 Comp Eliminator, 6 Super Stock, 7 Stock Eliminator, 1 Super Street, 2 SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown, 1 Super Gas)
Career best e.t.: 6.475
Career best speed: 214.28

Quote:
“We’ve run well at Brainerd, so it’s exciting to go there. I ran Comp Eliminator years ago and the week before Brainerd, I decided I was over it and put a five-speed in the car. I had never driven one before, so I went to Bowling Green that Monday before Brainerd with it, let go of the clutch, and it ran good. So we get up there to Brainerd and I win the first race I ever raced with a five-speed. It was a good race, and it was a lot of fun. This year, we just need to win. We’re still. No. 1 in the points, but we haven’t won in a while, and we need to get back to that.”

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after NHRA Northwest Nationals, race 10 of 18)

1. Bo Butner (4), 815*
2. Greg Anderson (2), 769
3. Alex Laughlin, 742
4. Matt Hartford (1), 679
5. Jason Line, 644
6. Deric Kramer (1), 632
7. Jeg Coughlin (1), 609
8. Erica Enders, 593
9. Chris McGaha (1), 529
10. Kenny Delco, 331
11. Fernando Cuadra, 327

*Clinched berth in NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship

Race Info
38th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals
Brainerd International Raceway
Brainerd, Minnesota
August 15-18, 2019

Run Schedule (all times local)
Thursday, August 15
9:30 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman qualifying and time trials begin

Friday, August 16
9:15 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations begin
2:30 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 1
5:30 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 2

Saturday, August 17
9:30 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations continue
1:30 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 3
4:30 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 4

Sunday, August 18
10:00 a.m. – Pre-race ceremonies
11:00 a.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro eliminations begin,
eliminations for all categories continue

#NHRAonFOX Schedule (all times ET)
Qualifying / Friday – 7-9 PM ET / FS1
Qualifying / Saturday – 11 PM-12 AM ET / FS1
Finals / Sunday – 2-5 PM ET / FS1

Join the conversation: #BrainerdNats

**Full results at DragRaceCentral.com**

Another final and Anderson nearly sweeps the Western Swing for Team Summit

32nd Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals

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KENT, Wash. (Aug. 4, 2019) – History was made on Sunday at the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals when Team Chevy’s John Force earned his 150th Funny Car win, and fellow Chevrolet driver Greg Anderson was nearly part of the fanfare with a milestone of his own. Driving the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, Anderson was just one win light short of sweeping the Western Swing for the second time in his career, a feat no professional driver has ever accomplished.

Anderson, who won Denver and Sonoma, made it all the way to the final round, where he was halted by Matt Harford on a holeshot, 6.606-second at 209.33 mph to 6.596, 210.31. Anderson’s reaction time was an uncharacteristic .054 to his opponent’s .023, and the margin of victory was .021-second.

“I felt the Gods were with me today, that the stars were aligned,” said Anderson, who reached the 156th final round of his career and was hoping for a repeat of 2004, when he last swept the Swing. “I had great confidence that I could cut a light and great confidence in my car. I really felt I was going to win that race, but I didn’t. But that’s NHRA Pro Stock at its best right there. You just never know what’s going to happen.”

Anderson qualified in the No. 6 position and defeated young Fernando Cuadra Jr., who is also powered by Ken Black’s KB Racing franchise, in a real nail-biter with a margin of victory of just .006-second. From there, he used the quickest run of the second round to eliminate Erica Enders, and then made the quickest run of the semifinals to oust Alex Laughlin and earn a ticket to the final for the third consecutive weekend and fourth time this season.

“I feel great about my Summit Racing Chevy,” said Anderson, who has 93 national event wins on his scorecard – the second-most ever in the Pro Stock category and just four behind all-time win-leader Warren Johnson.

“I’ve talked about it all year long, that we’ve struggled on Sundays with my car,” Anderson continued. “It didn’t struggle one little bit today; it was happy all day long. This has done wonders for me. I was starting to wonder if I still had what it takes to win out here. I completely answered that for myself. I know we can, and I know we will. I don’t fear the rest of the season. It’s going to be one heck of a Countdown.”

Jason Line, driving the silver Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, had one of the bst cars on the property in qualifying. Line gathered bonus points as one of the quickest cars in each round and came into raceday qualified in the No. 4 position. In the first round, he blasted past a tire smoking Val Smeland, then was sent home by KB Racing-powered Deric Kramer in round two after rattling the tires and shutting off.

“We ran well this weekend, we just didn’t do a great job today racing,” said Line, who is now No. 5 in the Pro Stock points. “Timing is everything though, and the first part of the year really doesn’t mean a whole lot. It’s nice to be good at the start of the year, but being good at the end of the year is what matters with the playoff-style format. All-in-all, this weekend was good. A little bit of a disappointing day, but we have good stuff. Right now, it’s tough. Everybody is good, and to put together four great runs to win a race is no small feat.”

Butner retains the points lead, despite suffering a painful first-round loss in which he nearly matched Hartford but came up just short.

“I’m ready to get back home and back to normal life,” said Butner. “I know our Chevy Camaro is good, I just need to do a better job of qualifying and driving. I missed it, and that makes a big difference. Everybody in the class has caught up. There is no dominant car. That leaves it up to the driver, so that’s what we’re going to be working on.”

The next event on the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour will be the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway, August 15-18.

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Points position following event: No. 2
Raceday results:
R1: Greg Anderson defeated Fernando Cuadra Jr., (.069-second reaction time) 6.555-second at 209.72 mph to (.034) 6.596, 208.49
R2: Anderson def. Erica Enders, (.030) 6.559, 208.33 to (.009) 6.591, 209.20
R3: Anderson def. Alex Laughlin, (.040) 6.596, 209.23 to (.075) 6.656, 209.46
R4: Matt Hartford def. Anderson, (.023) 6.606, 209.33 to (.054) 6.596, 210.31

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Points position following event: No. 5
Raceday results:
R1: Jason Line defeated Val Smeland, (.044-second reaction time) 6.555-second at 209.75 mph to (.134) 19.054, 41.98
R2: Deric Kramer def. Line, (.046) 6.563, 210.08 to (.031) broke

Bo Butner
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Points position following event: No. 1
Raceday results:
R1: Matt Hartford defeated Bo Butner, (.027-second reaction time) 6.562-second at 210.11 mph to (.047) 6.568, 209.95

No. 1 qualifier: Jeg Coughlin, 6.539-second
Top speed in qualifying: Jason Line, 211.83 MPH
Low ET of eliminations: Deric Kramer, 6.550-second
Top speed of eliminations: Matt Hartford, 210.31 MPH

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after NHRA Northwest Nationals, race 10 of 18)

1. Bo Butner (4), 815*
2. Greg Anderson (2), 769
3. Alex Laughlin, 742
4. Matt Hartford (1), 679
5. Jason Line, 644
6. Deric Kramer (1), 632
7. Jeg Coughlin (1), 609
8. Erica Enders, 593
9. Chris McGaha (1), 529
10. Kenny Delco, 331
11. Fernando Cuadra, 327

*Clinched berth in NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship

#NorthwestNats
**Results posted on DragRaceCentral.com**

Team Summit heads into Sunday in Seattle with fast Chevys and a chance to ‘sweep the Swing’

32nd Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals

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KENT, Wash. (Aug. 3, 2019) – The final race of three in a row out West has teed up Team Summit for a very unique opportunity. Greg Anderson, driver of the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, has won both of the previous two events. On Sunday in Seattle, he will have the chance to seal the deal and sweep the Swing, a feat he is the only Pro Stock driver to have ever before accomplished, and something only seven drivers overall have done.

Anderson, a three-time winner at Pacific Raceways who swept the swing in 2004, will be seeking the 94th win of his career at the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals. Starting from the No. 6 position on a best time of 6.558-second at 209.52 mph, he will step into the challenge with a first-round meeting with KB Racing-powered Fernando Cuadra Jr.

“My Summit Racing Chevy Camaro is making real smooth runs, but I’m still trying to find a happy engine tune-up for this weekend,” said Anderson, who entered the event No. 2 in the Pro Stock points. “I’ve missed so far, but I’m confident I’ll get it Sunday. I’m excited about what could happen tomorrow. It’s a fun opportunity, and it brings a little extra drama to the race and to the class. It gets my heart started, and I need that. I’m good with the pressure.

“The racetrack is going to be hotter tomorrow, so that’s going to throw everyone a curve. There are a lot of variables and things that can happen, but I like our chances.”

Jason Line, driving the silver Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, was the leader in the KB Racing camp, picking up a total of seven bonus points in qualifying and scoring at least one each session as one of the top three quickest cars. He will start from the No. 4 position with a qualifying-best 6.547, 210.57. The three-time Seattle victor will race Val Smeland in round one.

“I have a fast racecar,” said Line, who recorded top speed of qualifying at 211.83 mph and was one of just four cars to eclipse 211. All four of the fastest cars, in terms of speed, reside in the KB Racing camp. Joining Line in the 211+ mph zone are Deric Kramer (211.10), Fernando Cuadra Sr. (211.16), and Bo Butner (211.03).

“The silver Summit Racing Camaro definitely has a chance tomorrow, and that’s exciting,” said Line. “My teammate has a shot at sweeping the Western Swing, and if he isn’t the one in the winner’s circle at the end of the day, hopefully it’s still a sweep for Summit Racing. All of the KB Racing Chevrolets are fast, and it’s just going to come down to who executes the best and makes the right call.”

The Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro driven by Butner was also quick enough to earn a bonus point in qualifying. Butner’s best run so far this weekend was 6.560, 210.97, and it came with a start from the No. 8 spot. He’ll square off with Matt Hartford in round one.

“All of the KB Racing Chevy Camaros are really good right now. Somebody is going to have to beat somebody up tomorrow, but our Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet is good,” said Butner. “I always say, if you can’t be No. 1 day one, be in the three or four Q4 – and we were. That’s really good for raceday.”

Final eliminations for the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals will begin at 11am PST at Pacific Raceways.

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Qualifying results:
Q1: 6.582-second at 209.62 mph (No. 9)
Q2: 6.558, 209.52 (No. 6)
Q3: 6.565, 210.18 (No. 6)
Q4: 6.562, 210.24 (No. 6)

Final qualifying position: No. 6
First round opponent: Fernando Cuadra Jr.

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Qualifying results:
Q1: 6.547-second at 210.57 mph (No. 3, +1 bonus points)
Q2: 6.548, 210.28 (No. 4, +1)
Q3: 6.550, 211.83 (No. 4, +2)
Q4: 6.549, 210.97 (No. 4, +3)

Final qualifying position: No. 4
First round opponent: Val Smeland

Bo Butner
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Qualifying results:
Q1: 6.582-second at 209.23 mph (No. 10)
Q2: 6.564, 209.92 (No. 8)
Q3: 6.573, 211.03 (No. 8)
Q4: 6.560, 210.97 (No. 8, +1)

Final qualifying position: No. 8
First round opponent: Matt Hartford

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after NHRA Northwest Nationals qualifying, race 10 of 18)

1. Bo Butner (4), 815*
2. Greg Anderson (2), 709
3. Alex Laughlin, 702
4. Jason Line, 624
5. Matt Hartford, 599
6. Deric Kramer (1), 592
7. Jeg Coughlin (1), 589
8. Erica Enders, 573
9. Chris McGaha (1), 509
10. Kenny Delco, 331
11. Fernando Cuadra, 327

Race Info
31st annual Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals
Pacific Raceways
Kent, Washington
August 2-4, 2019

Pacific Raceways Track Records
Top Fuel
Antron Brown, 3.685 (2016); Steve Torrence, 331.61 (2018)
Funny Car
Del Worsham, 3.832 (2016); Jack Beckman, 334.15 (2016)
Pro Stock
Chris McGaha, 6.488 (2015); McGaha, 213.40 (2015)

Run Schedule (all times local)
Sunday, August 4
10:00 a.m. – Pre-race ceremonies
11:00 a.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro eliminations begin,
eliminations for all categories continue

#NHRAonFOX Schedule (all times ET)
Finals / Sunday – 4-7 PM ET / FOX

#NorthwestNats
**Results posted on DragRaceCentral.com**

 

Team Summit Pre-Race Package NHRA Seattle

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Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS7
Current points position: No. 2

Event-Specific Notes:
• The driver of the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro is the most recent winner on the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour, and in fact has won the last two events back-to-back. Anderson was victorious in Denver and then again in Sonoma to score the 92nd and 93rd Pro Stock trophies of his career.
• The Mooresville, N.C., resident is the only Pro Stock driver to have ever swept the Western Swing by winning Denver, Sonoma, and Seattle. He accomplished the feat in 2004. Only seven Mello Yello Series and one Lucas Oil Series drivers have ever done it. With wins in Denver and Sonoma, Anderson has a shot to repeat at this weekend’s Seattle event.
• Anderson’s three Pacific Raceways victories ties Summit Racing teammate Jason Line for the most of any currently competing Pro Stock driver. No other current Pro Stock driver has more than one Seattle win.

Driver Notes:
• 2019 is Anderson’s 21st season as a Pro Stock driver. He began his career as a crew member and then was crew chief for championship winning driver Warren Johnson before taking the reins of his own Pro Stock car in Columbus in 1998.
• Las Vegas-based Ken Black brought Anderson on board as a tuner, then a driver for KB Racing. They won their first race together in 2001. They have been racing together for nearly two decades and have, along with crew chief Rob Downing, built a team that now owns 156 national event wins and eight championships.
• Anderson is a four-time NHRA Pro Stock world champion (2003-05, 2010)
• Anderson is the most decorated Pro Stock driver on the current tour. He has 93 national event wins and is the second-most winning driver of all time in the category (W. Johnson has 97).

Anderson in Seattle
3 wins in 5 final rounds
Won 2003 (defeated Larry Morgan)
Won 2004 (defeated Dave Connolly)
Won 2010 (defeated Jeg Coughlin Jr.)
Runner-up 2011 (Jason Line)
Runner-up 2014 (Jason Line)
No. 1 in 2003, 2011
Last year: Qualified No. 2; second round

Anderson’s career stats through 2019 NHRA Sonoma Nationals
(most recent Pro Stock event)
4-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2003-05, 2010)
461 Pro Stock races
93 wins
62 runner-up finishes
155 overall final rounds
103 No. 1 qualifier awards
Career best e.t.: 6.457
Career best speed: 215.48

Quotes:
“Winning the last two weeks in a row proves to me that I can still do this. It’s so much fun, and I’ve been reminded these last two weeks why I do it. It’s just fantastic, and I’m going to Seattle with a smile on my face. I’m eager to race there and see if the cards fall the right way again. I had a lot of luck in Sonoma, we didn’t make any big mistakes, and I found my way to the winner’s circle. Hopefully, we can do that again this week for the sweep.”

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS5
Current points position: No. 4

Event-Specific Notes:
• Jason Line, driver of the blue Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro, has three wins in Seattle entering this weekend’s event. Only one currently competing Pro Stock driver has as many – his KB Racing teammate Greg Anderson.

Driver Notes:
• Jason Line debuted a new Jerry Haas-built Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro at the 2019 Mello Yello Series season-opener in Pomona and wheeled it to the final round
• The driver of the silver Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro accumulated 600 Pro Stock round wins with his first-round victory in Richmond. It is the third most of any active driver in the category.
• The Mooresville, N.C.-based driver has 50 national event wins on his scorecard: 48 in Pro Stock and two in Stock Eliminator, one of NHRA’s premier Sportsman categories.
• In addition to driving for KB Racing, Line is the dyno operator at KB Racing and is part of the tuning team for the cars in the KB Racing stable
• Line has three NHRA Pro Stock world titles with KB Racing (2006, 2011, 2016), as well as one NHRA Sportsman championship earned in Stock Eliminator behind the wheel of his 1970 Buick Gran Sport (1993)
• His Pro Stock debut was in 2003 in Columbus

Line in Seattle
3 wins in 5 final rounds
Won 2014 (defeated Greg Anderson
Runner-up 2012 (Erica Enders)
Won 2011 (defeated Greg Anderson)
Runner-up 2009 (Mike Edwards)
Won 2008 (defeated Allen Johnson)
No. 1 in 2006
Last year: Qualified No. 5; second round

Line’s career stats through 2019 NHRA Sonoma Nationals
(most recent event)
3-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2006, 2011, 2016)
1993 NHRA Stock Eliminator champion
365 Pro Stock races
48 Pro Stock wins
50 overall wins, including NHRA Sportsman and Professional categories
(2 Stock Eliminator, 48 Pro Stock)
52 runner-up finishes
100 Pro Stock final rounds
102 overall final rounds, including NHRA Sportsman and Professional competition
(2 Stock Eliminator, 100 Pro Stock)
54 Pro Stock No. 1 qualifier awards
Career best e.t.: 6.455
Career best speed: 215.17

Quotes:
“I had a couple of good runs in Sonoma, and my silver Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro is really good. I was excited for Sunday last weekend, and things didn’t go as I’d hoped for my car, but Team Summit got the win, and that’s a good feeling. Seattle has been good for me. I’m looking forward to heading north.”

Bo Butner
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS8
Current points position: No. 1

Event-Specific Notes:
• In addition to racing his Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro, he will also be racing Super Gas in Seattle. Last weekend in Sonoma, Butner made his debut in Super Gas in a roadster he had never driven before. He won the event.

Driver Notes:
• Butner, the 2017 NHRA Pro Stock world champion, won the first race of the 2019 season and then again in Gainesville, Las Vegas, and Richmond. He is the incoming points leader.
• Last October, Butner decided to hang up his Pro driving gloves and return to his Sportsman racing roots to focus on the Jim Butner Auto Group family business and his growing family (his first grandchild was born just after Gainesville). When the schedule was shortened to 18 races, though, he was encouraged by his mom, Dottie, to reconsider.
• An accomplished NHRA Sportsman racer, Butner earned the Comp Eliminator championship in 2006 and has four Division 3 season titles
• Butner has 11 Pro Stock wins on his scorecard

Butner in Seattle
Last year: Qualified No. 7; semifinals

Butner’s career stats through 2019 NHRA Sonoma Nationals
(most recent event)
2017 NHRA Pro Stock champion
2006 Competition Eliminator champion
98 races
11 Pro Stock wins
13 Pro Stock runner-up finishes
24 overall Pro Stock final rounds
10 Pro Stock No. 1 qualifier awards
27 overall wins, including NHRA Sportsman competition
(11 Pro stock, 6 Comp Eliminator, 3 Super Stock, 5 Stock Eliminator, 1 Super Street, 1 Super Gas)
54 overall final rounds, including NHRA Sportsman and Professional competition
(24 Pro Stock, 13 Comp Eliminator, 6 Super Stock, 7 Stock Eliminator, 1 Super Street, 2 SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown, 1 Super Gas)
Career best e.t.: 6.475
Career best speed: 214.28

Quotes:
“I’ve been good in Seattle before, but Greg [Anderson, KB Racing teammate] is two out f the last two. He’s on a little bit of a roll even though he hasn’t had the best car. Things are going his way, which is good for our KB Racing team, and I’m really happy with my Jim Butner Auto Group Chevy Camaro. We’re one and two in points, and if we can get Jason [Line] up there to third, we’ll have a good headstart going into the Countdown.”

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after NHRA Sonoma Nationals, race 9 of 18)

1. Bo Butner (4), 781*
2. Greg Anderson (2), 675
3. Alex Laughlin, 658
4. Jason Line, 582
5. Matt Hartford, 567
6. Deric Kramer (1), 558
7. Jeg Coughlin (1), 544
8. Erica Enders, 535
9. Chris McGaha (1), 477
10. Rodger Brogdon, 320

Race Info
31st annual Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals
Pacific Raceways
Kent, Washington
August 2-4, 2019

Pacific Raceways Track Records
Top Fuel
Antron Brown, 3.685 (2016); Steve Torrence, 331.61 (2018)
Funny Car
Del Worsham, 3.832 (2016); Jack Beckman, 334.15 (2016)
Pro Stock
Chris McGaha, 6.488 (2015); McGaha, 213.40 (2015)

Run Schedule (all times local)
Friday, August 2
9:15 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman qualifying and time trials begin
3:00 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 1
6:15 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 2

Saturday, August 3
9:15 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations begin
1:30 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 3
4:30 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 4

Sunday, August 4
10:00 a.m. – Pre-race ceremonies
11:00 a.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro eliminations begin,
eliminations for all categories continue

#NHRAonFOX Schedule (all times ET)
Qualifying / Friday – 6:30-8 PM ET / FS1
Qualifying / Saturday – 10:30-11:30 PM ET / FS1
Finals / Sunday – 4-7 PM ET / FOX

#NorthwestNats
**Results posted on DragRaceCentral.com**

Two in a row for Greg Anderson and Team Summit with NHRA Sonoma win

32nd Sonoma NHRA NationalsSonoma, Calif. (July 28, 2019) – Greg Anderson is having quite a Western Swing. After winning Denver last weekend, Anderson sailed to victory in the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals and is now the only driver on the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour with a chance to “sweep the swing” and claim three straight wins. Anderson is also the only Pro Stock driver to have ever accomplished the feat before, so he knows it can be done.

“How about that,” said Anderson, who claimed the 93rd Pro Stock win of his career with his Sonoma victory over Alex Laughlin. “I’ll go into Seattle with a smile on my face, eager to race, and see if the cards fall the right way again. I had a lot of luck today, don’t get me wrong, and it takes a lot of luck to win one of these events. I didn’t make the big mistake and other people did. Someway, I found my way to the winner’s circle.”

Anderson launched into eliminations with a victory over Kenny Delco, 6.570-second at 209.52 mph to 6.594, 209.69. He then came up against Jeg Coughlin Jr., who broke at the starting line and could not make the run. Anderson took a single and laid down a 6.568, 211.10, low of the round and top speed of raceday.

In the semifinals and with lane choice over Summit Racing teammate Jason Line, Anderson was first off the starting line to garner a holeshot win, 6.625, 209.52 to a quicker 6.593, 208.71 that was the quickest pass of the round.

“I had good lights the rest of the weekend, but none of that matters except for the last one,” said Line, who was .064 to Anderson’s .022. “I had a couple of good runs, but not what I needed to win the race. It is what it is, and you move on. Fortunately, we had a good day as a team. That’s all that matters in the big picture, and we can’t wait to get to the next one.”

In the final, Anderson came up against No. 1 qualifier Alex Laughlin. Again, Anderson was dealt a stroke of luck as Laughlin broke and could not make the run. Anderson clocked a 6.602, 208.71 in his winning pass.

“This feels great,” said Anderson, No. 2 in the Pro Stock standings. “It’s been a long time since I’ve won two races in a row. When you have a gap like that between race wins, you start to doubt yourself, if you can still win. You’ve got to find a way to get that right, and without a doubt, the older you get the harder it is to keep in check. The harder it is to make sure you’re sharp.

“This is going to do a lot for me, not only winning last week but winning two weeks in a row it not only proves to me I can still do it but it tells you that you still want to do it and how much fun it is and why you do it. It’s just fantastic, and Sonoma has always been one of my favorite tracks on the circuit. I love racetracks where the cars run fast, we’re at sea level, the air is good and as a person you feel good, you breathe well. And the scenery is beautiful. It’s been at the top of my list for a lot of years and I think that’s why I’ve had a lot of success here.”

In the Sportsman ranks, Pro Stock points leader Bo Butner debuted in the Super Gas category driving a recently acquired ’63 Chevrolet Corvette roadster. As he did when he debuted in Super Street in 2014, Butner won his very first event in the class.

“I knew coming into this that the car was good. I’m very happy with it, and I’m entered for next week in Seattle – but you ask yourself, do you race it or do you be one and done and perfect? We’ll probably race it, though,” said Butner. “It’s a lot of fun, and believe it or not it keeps my mind off the other stuff. I always race better with two cars.”

Butner’s Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro Pro Stocker was also on par this weekend. He qualified No. 4 and went to the semifinals, where he fell to Laughlin.

“I got out of my element in the semis, and whenever I worry about anything happening in the other lane, I have a tendency to mess up,” said Butner. “That’s exactly what happened. I hated it for KB Racing – it should have been two KB Racing cars in the final. But Greg got it done, so we’re happy.”

The next event on the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour will be the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Wash., August 2-4.

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Results:
R1: Greg Anderson defeated Kenny Delco, 6.570-second at 209.52 mph to 6.594, 209.69
R2: Anderson def. Jeg Coughlin Jr., 6.568, 211.10 to broke
R3: Anderson def. Jason Line, 6.625, 209.52 to 6.593, 208.71
R4: Anderson def. Alex Laughlin, 6.602, 208.71 to 7.203, 175.68

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Results:
R1: Jason Line defeated Richard Freeman, 6.570-second at 210.08 mph to 6.585, 210.01
R2: Line def. Deric Kramer, 6.574, 209.85 to 6.578, 210.41
R3: Greg Anderson def. Line, 6.625, 209.52 to 6.593, 208.71

Bo Butner
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Results:
R1: Bo Butner defeated Steve Matusek, 6.561-second at 210.47 mph to 6.611, 209.49
R2: Butner def. Chris McGaha, 6.593, 210.05 to 6.745, 180.28
R3: Alex Laughlin def. Butner, 6.614, 209.95 to 6.632, 208.88

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after NHRA Sonoma Nationals, race 9 of 18)

1. Bo Butner (4), 781*
2. Greg Anderson (2), 675
3. Alex Laughlin, 658
4. Jason Line, 582
5. Matt Hartford, 567
6. Deric Kramer (1), 558
7. Jeg Coughlin (1), 544
8. Erica Enders, 535
9. Chris McGaha (1), 477
10. Rodger Brogdon, 320

*clinched berth in NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship