Team Summit takes the points lead into Sunday at the NHRA Carolina Nationals

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Oct. 12, 2019) – Jason Line and the silver Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro took over the points lead at the first of six NHRA Countdown to the Championship events, and on Sunday at the NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals, Line’s main mission will be to win the race and keep his advantage.

The longtime KB Racing driver and owner of three Pro Stock world titles will present a united front with teammate Greg Anderson, driver of the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, and Bo Butner, their KB Racing-powered partner and driver of the Jim Butner Auto Group Chevy Camaro, both battling to bring the trophy home for the team.

Line is also the defending event champion. Last season, he earned the 50th national event win of his career here.

“I’m pretty happy with my Summit Racing Chevy Camaro right now,” said Line, who claimed four bonus points as one of the quickest cars at zMAX Dragway and will start from the No. 3 position with a best time of 6.534-second at 211.53. “I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I wouldn’t trade my car with anybody. It’s good, and I’m excited to race for the trophy. Hopefully, the weather will hold out, but I think we’re going to have a good day. This is always a fun race for us, and it’s especially good this weekend to have our team owners, Ken and Judy Black, here. To see them smiling is always a good feeling, and hopefully we’re all smiling on Sunday.”

Four-time Pro Stock champion Anderson qualified in the No. 6 spot and will race Aaron Stanfield in round one. 93-time national event winner Anderson is elevated by the fact that the KB Racing team, which is housed in nearby Mooresville, knows the racing facility very well.

“It’s all about tomorrow now,” said Anderson, who continues to battle a somewhat temperamental car, but one that seems to come around in bursts. “We’ll have a completely different weather day on Sunday, by the look of it, but we know this racetrack and all the weather and changing conditions we see out here. We have the data, so it’s time to go home, put our heads together, and come up with a race-winning setup. Tomorrow, we just need to go out there and do our job. [Stanfield] is hungry, but the bottom line is no matter who you line up against, it’s going to be like a final round matchup. You better bring your A-game – or you’re going home early.”

Butner held the points lead throughout the regular season, only forfeiting it to Line in Reading. In Charlotte, Butner will start ninth and begin his day with a first-round meeting with another KB Racing campaigner, Fernando Cuadra.

“We aren’t exactly where we’d like to be on the ladder; you always want to be in the top half of the field, but anymore it doesn’t matter where you are – you’re going to have a heck of a race,” said Butner, the 2017 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock champ. “We have to race our KB Racing teammate Fernando Cuadra, and you can’t take him – or anyone – for granted. I think it’ll be a good race, and no matter what, we’ll have a KB Racing car in the second round. It’ll be a good start to the day.”

Eliminations for the 12th annual NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals will begin on Sunday at zMAX Dragway at 11 am ET – one hour earlier than the originally scheduled time.

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Qualifying results:
Q1: 6.538-second at 211.33 mph (No. 2, +2 bonus points)
Q2: 6.534, 211.53 (No. 3, +1)
Q3: 6.577, 211.10 (No. 3)
Q4: 6.561, 211.20 (No. 3, +1)

Final qualifying position: No. 3
First-round opponent: Shane Tucker

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Qualifying results:
Q1: 6.582-second at 210.64 mph (No. 9)
Q2: 6.560, 210.64 (No. 6)
Q3: 6.585, 209.49 (No. 6)
Q4: 6.981, 161.96 (No. 6)

Final qualifying position: No. 6
First-round opponent: Aaron Stanfield

Bo Butner
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Qualifying results:
Q1: 6.572-second at 211.13 mph (No. 6)
Q2: no time (No. 9)
Q3: 6.569, 210.83 (No. 9, +1 bonus point)
Q4: 6.600, 210.28 (No. 9)

Final qualifying position: No. 9
First-round opponent: Fernando Cuadra

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals qualifying, NHRA Countdown to the Championship race 3 of 6)

1. Jason Line (2), 2294
2. Erica Enders (1), 2292
3. Bo Butner (4), 2265
4. Matt Hartford (1), 2233
5. Alex Laughlin (2), 2208
6. Jeg Coughlin Jr. (1), 2201
7. Greg Anderson (2), 2181
8. Deric Kramer (1), 2164
9. Chris McGaha (1), 2145
10. Val Smeland, 2093

Race Info
12th annual NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals
zMAX Dragway
Charlotte
October 11-13, 2019

Run Schedule (all times local)
Sunday, October 13
11am – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series eliminations begin,
eliminations for all other categories continue

#NHRAonFOX Schedule (all times ET)
Qualifying / Sunday – 1-2 PM ET / FS1
Finals / Sunday – 2-5 PM ET / FS1

#CarolinaNats #NHRACountdown
**Full results at DragRaceCentral.com**

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Progress and Projection with KB Racing Crew Chief Rob Downing

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Progress report following AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals (race 2 of 6 in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs) and before the NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals in Charlotte

St. Louis wrap-up:
We tested well with Greg’s red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro before St. Louis, and I felt strong about Jason’s silver Summit Racing Chevy. I was more optimistic than I normally would be going to that race. Walking out of there on Friday night, though, I was really disappointed. Then Saturday, we felt pretty good. I felt like we’d made the red car better, and that was something we’ve been working at. That was exciting. Overall, we didn’t have the outcome we wanted for Team Summit, so I’m excited to get to zMAX Dragway for the next race.

Overall grade for St. Louis:
As bad as it looked, we rebooted after Friday night with Greg’s car, and we tried some stuff on Saturday that worked and looked really promising. On Sunday, we made a decent run first round, we just didn’t do what we needed to in order to make a good run second round. We made gains, but we didn’t make the adjustments. You always say that hindsight is 20/20, but it was painfully obvious what we should have done. With Bo’s car, we overdid it for the semifinals, slowed it down too much, and it just didn’t run. Overall, I’d give our performance in St. Louis a D+.

The Charlotte challenge:
It’s nice to have so much support there between our families and all of the Charlotte-area race fans. It’s an enjoyable race. That track is probably the hardest track to race on that we go to, so that’s the challenge for all of us. There are two or three factors that add up to the starting line being really hard to manage. But knock on wood, we’ve run okay there in the past, and we’ve made a lot of runs on that track, both testing and racing.

Best Charlotte memory:
We’ve had a bunch of good memories there. It used to be the start of the Countdown to the Championship, and that was pretty fun – especially when you win it, and we were fortunate enough to do that a couple of times. I remember testing at zMAX Dragway the first time; we were the first car to make a run on the track, and that was really cool. Right away, you could see how impressive the facility is, and how different it is than anywhere else. I’ve had the chance to race my own car there, so that’s another fun thing. We always look forward to this race, challenges and all.

Team Summit Pre-Race Package: NHRA Carolina Nationals

AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals

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Pro Stock race 15 of 18, Countdown to the Championship race 3 of 6

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS7
Current points position: No. 7

Event-Specific Notes:
• Greg Anderson, driver of the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro out of Ken Black’s Mooresville, N.C.-based KB Racing stable, is seeking a fifth Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Championship. He enters the NHRA Carolina Nationals holding down the No. 7 spot in the 2019 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship.
• Anderson holds the zMAX Raceway track record for speed at 215.48 mph set in 2015 at the spring event
• The only Pro Stock driver with more wins in Charlotte than Anderson (3) is Summit Racing teammate Jason Line (4)

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 multi-time champion 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 158 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’s 103 starts from the No. 1 position is the third-most of any Pro driver ever

Anderson at the NHRA Carolina Nationals in Charlotte
3 wins in 7 Charlotte final rounds
Runner-up Charlotte 1 2017 (Chris McGaha)
Runner-up Charlotte 2 2017 (Tanner Gray)
Runner-up Charlotte 2 2016 (Jason Line)
Runner-up Charlotte 1 2015 (Larry Morgan)
Won Charlotte 1 2012 (defeated Erica Enders)
Won Charlotte 1 2011 (defeated Greg Stanfield)
Won Charlotte 2 2010 (defeated Greg Stanfield)
No. 1 at Charlotte 1 in 2016
No. 1 at Charlotte 2 in 2015, 2016
Last year: Qualified No. 7; first round

Anderson’s career stats through 2019 NHRA Midwest Nationals in St. Louis
(most recent event)
4-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2003-05, 2010)
466 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:
“This is a home race for us, and you hope you have home-field advantage, but we also know how tough the competition is in this class. I love racing here at zMAX Dragway, the folks who run this track are just phenomenal, and the fans are out of this world. We always appreciate racing here, and we have had some very special weekends here. We’ve worked so hard with my red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, trying to find exactly what it wants and what will make it happy, so hopefully our hard work pays off this weekend. We want that for Summit Racing, we want that for Ken Black, and, selfishly, I’d really like to find my way back to the winner’s circle and move up in the points. The clock is ticking on this season. It’s time to do something big.”

AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest NationalsJason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS5
Current points position: No. 1

Event-Specific Notes:
• Wright, Minnesota-native Jason Line, driver of the silver Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro, enters the third race of the 2019 Countdown to the Championship as the points leader. He took over the top spot after winning Reading (the first of six Countdown races).
• Line is the defending event champion. Last year at this event, he beat eventual Mello Yello series champ Tanner Gray in the final round to score the 50th national event win of his career.
• With four victories on his scorecard there, Line has more Pro Stock wins in Charlotte than any other driver, past or present.
• Line holds the zMAX Dragway track record for elapsed time with a 6.455 set at this race in 2015. It still stands as the NHRA Pro Stock national record.
• Over the course of the 2019 season, Line has claimed low elapsed time twice (nine times overall for KB Racing) and top speed of the event four times (12 times in 14 races for KB Racing, overall)

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 this season. It is the third most of any active driver in the category.
• The Mooresville, N.C.-based drag racer has 52 national event wins on his scorecard: 50 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 at the NHRA Carolina Nationals in Charlotte
4 wins in 8 overall Charlotte final rounds
Won Charlotte 2 2018 (def. Tanner Gray)
Won Charlotte 1 2016 (def. Bo Butner)
Won Charlotte 2 2016 (def. Greg Anderson)
Runner-up Charlotte 2 2014 (Jonathan Gray)
Runner-up Charlotte 2 2013 (Jeg Coughlin Jr.)
Won Charlotte 2 2012 (def. Allen Johnson)
Runner-up Charlotte 2 2011 (Kurt Johnson)
Runner-up Charlotte 1 2010 (Mike Edwards)
No. 1 at Charlotte 1 in 2011, 2012
No. 1 at Charlotte 2 in 2010, 2011, 2013
Last year: Qualified No. 5; won the event

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

Quote:
“Last year, this race was very special for me. Reaching 50 national event wins is something I never dreamed would happen, but it did, and to have it happen with my family here was just something you’ll never forget. I’ve had some really cool things happen in the last year since then – winning Brainerd was one, for sure – and it would be tough to top what’s already in the history books. But it would sure be nice to have a good weekend with the silver Summit Racing Chevy Camaro. Last weekend showed us we can get knocked down; this weekend we’re planning to show we know how to get back up.”

Bo Butner
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS8
Current points position: No. 3

Event-Specific Notes:
• Bo Butner, the 2017 NHRA Pro Stock world champion, led the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series points throughout the entire regular season and is currently No. 3 in the Countdown to the Championship standings.
• The Floyds Knobs, Indiana, native has four wins in four Pro Stock final rounds so far this year. Overall, he has 11 wins in a total of 103 career Pro Stock races.
• In addition to his success in Pro Stock in 2019, Butner has one national event win in Super Gas and has twice been runner-up in the Factory Stock Showdown.
• The Floyds Knobs, Indiana, native has one previous final round at zMAX Dragway (runner-up at Charlotte 1 in 2016 to Jason Line)

Driver Notes:
• Butner won the first race of the 2019 season and then again in Gainesville, Las Vegas, and Richmond. He enters the NHRA Carolina Nationals No. 3 in the Pro Stock points.
• 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 won Super Gas in Sonoma this season in his very first race in the category and was runner-up in the class at Brainerd. He was also runner-up in Super Gas at the divisional event in Bowling Green, Ky. Butner currently has national event wins in six different categories (Pro Stock, Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Super Street, and Super Gas).
• Racing in the Factory Stock Showdown in his 2019 Cobra Jet Mustang flying the flag of Summit Racing, Butner has reached the final round twice and three times has claimed top speed of the event. The SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown series will conclude in Dallas next week.

Butner at the NHRA Carolina Nationals in Charlotte
1 runner-up in 1 final round
Runner-up Charlotte 1 in 2016 (Jason Line)
Last year: Qualified No. 10; first round

Butner’s career stats through 2019 NHRA Midwest Nationals in St. Louis
(most recent event)
2017 NHRA Pro Stock champion
2006 Competition Eliminator champion
103 races
11 Pro Stock wins
13 Pro Stock runner-up finishes
24 overall Pro Stock final rounds
11 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)
55 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, 2 Super Gas)
Career best e.t.: 6.475
Career best speed: 214.28

Quote:
“I really felt like our Jim Butner Auto Group Chevy Camaro was showing signs of improvement in St. Louis, so I’m excited to get to Charlotte. All of us, we all have to do a better job this weekend if we want to stay up there in the points chase. It’s an exciting time of year, and the fact that we’ll be racing just a little ways away from the KB Racing home base gives you a little confidence. I look for us to do well this weekend as a team. Hopefully, you’ll see a KB Racing car in the winner’s circle on Sunday.”

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after AAA Insurance NHRA Nationals, Countdown to the Championship race 2 of 6)

1. Jason Line (2), 2254
2. Erica Enders (1), 2243
3. Bo Butner (4), 2232
4. Matt Hartford (1), 2197
5. Alex Laughlin (1), 2171
6. Jeg Coughlin (1), 2160
7. Greg Anderson (2), 2147
8. Deric Kramer (1), 2132
9. Chris McGaha (1), 2113
10. Val Smeland, 2062

Race Info
12th annual NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals
zMAX Dragway
Charlotte
October 11-13, 2019

Run Schedule (all times local)
Friday, October 11
8:00am – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman qualifying, time trials begin
3:30pm – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 1
6:00pm – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 2

Saturday, October 12
8:00am – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations begin
1:15pm – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 3
3:45pm – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 4

Sunday, October 13
12pm – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series eliminations begin,
eliminations for all other categories continue

#NHRAonFOX Schedule (all times ET)
Qualifying / Friday – 9-10 PM ET / FS1
Qualifying / Sunday – 1-2 PM ET / FS1
Finals / Sunday – 2-5 PM ET / FS1

#CarolinaNats #NHRACountdown
**Full results at DragRaceCentral.com**

Sportsman Blog: Hannah Line Sums Up NHRA Brainerd

70918772_2489134894516655_6207827819901222912_oHey all! Very sorry for the delay in getting my blog out on the Brainerd Nationals. It was quite the weekend! Things started out well in qualifying, however, I bowed out in the first round of class to the eventual D/SA class winner, Tracy Fairchild.

Eliminations started Friday morning and my first round opponent was Tracy again. I had my game face ready and was .008 on the starting line. It gave me a little bit of an advantage. I went on to win two rounds Saturday before facing Tyler Wudarczyk in the fourth and final round for Saturday. If you know Tyler, he is an amazing racer. I left the starting line and my win light was on. WE WERE RACING SUNDAY!

I wish that I could describe the feeling of racing on Sunday at a national event. It was really cool to see that three of the four semi-finalists were racing on Sunday at a national event for the first time. It was great to see one of us 3 make it to the finals and win. This win was a very special one for Chris Knudsen and his family.

Chris was my opponent in the semifinals match up. I turned it -.015 red to his -.020 red. It was such an emotional loss, but I had nothing to be ashamed of. I was, and am, so proud of the way I drove that weekend. After struggling with my driving for a season or so, it really helped to boost my confidence.

Coming off my performance at the Brainerd Nationals, I felt very confident going into my last few races of the 2019 season. We’ve finished our season now, and I believe I will be a spectator for the rest of the year as I recently started school.

Thank you to all the people that reached out to me following the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd. Your kind words were much appreciated!

Follow Hannah at Facebook.com/hannah.5210 and on Instagram @hannahline.5210

Line retains points lead after Midwest Nationals

AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals

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Jason Line’s silver Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro continued to shine at this weekend’s AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals. Team Summit didn’t leave World Wide Technology Raceway with a Pro Stock trophy, but Line left with the points lead, and teammate Greg Anderson left one position higher in the standings.

Qualified in the No. 3 spot, Line had lane choice for his first-round meeting with Steve Graham. It proved inconsequential, however, when his opponent illuminated the red light by leaving .021-second too soon. Line raced ahead for a 6.592-second win at 209.14 mph that was top speed of the round.

Line was first to launch in the second act, but Matt Hartford got the win after the Summit Racing Chevy’s tires broke loose from the track and his car pulled hard and sashayed. Line kept it in his lane and slowed to a 9.100 to Hartford’s 6.644.

“We didn’t have the outcome we hoped for today with the KB Racing Pro Stock cars, but even though today didn’t go as planned, I’m excited to get to Charlotte,” said Line. “My silver Summit Racing Chevy Camaro is still really good, and hopefully we didn’t lose too much momentum. I’m also very happy for [KB Racing-powered] Dave Kramer to win the Factory Stock Showdown today. He’s a good fella, and that was super cool. It was fun to watch, and he worked hard for the win.”

AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest NationalsGreg Anderson came into Sunday with confidence in his racecar after struggling through the last handful of events. The driver of the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro powered to the fastest speed of qualifying and locked into the No. 4 position, and he brought the same power and speed to the table on Sunday for eliminations.

In the first round, he raced to a 6.601-second pass at 207.78 mph to defeat Fernando Cuadra Jr.’s 6.637, 208.30, and in round two, Anderson clocked the fastest speed of raceday with his 6.672, 209.56. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite enough for Chris McGaha’s quicker elapsed time of 6.658 at 207.59.

“We made a step forward in qualifying, but then today we took another step back, so it’s frustrating,” said Anderson, who is up from eighth to No. 7 in the Pro Stock standings. “Sunday has been my Achilles heel, and we did everything we thought we needed to do to get past this problem, but we just haven’t yet been able to get hold of it. It was good to see the improvements in qualifying, yes, but we have to get Sunday right, or what you did in qualifying really doesn’t matter. We have four races left this year, and we’re going to do our best to get this car back in the winner’s circle.”

AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest NationalsBo Butner reached the semifinals in his Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro and is now No. 3 in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs. Butner defeated fellow KB Racing engine campaigner Fernando Cuadra in the first round, 6.601, 208.23 to 6.637, 207.88. In the second round, Butner beat Jeg Coughlin Jr. on a holeshot, 6.638, 207.78 to 6.630, 207.21. With lane choice in the semifinals, Butner had high hopes – but he lost a close one when Hartford went 6.643, 207.50 to 6.647, 208.39.

“We probably had an above average day compared to what we’ve had recently,” said Butner. “We went some rounds, and our Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro was definitely a car we could turn win lights on with. A lot of us struggle right now with a hot racetrack, some people get it, and some don’t, but I think the rest of the Countdown is going to be tough. It’s going to be close. I don’t see a breakaway person this year – you just hope for the best.

“It’s too early to watch the points, but I will tell you that you cannot lose round one. If you lose round one right now, unless a miracle would happen, you’re just going to be a top 10 guy. I think there are going to be five or six people with really a legit shot at the Championship. Let’s just hope it’s one of us in the end.”

The next event on the 2019 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour is race three of six in the Countdown to the Championship, the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, October 11-13.

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Points position following event: No. 1
Race results:
R1: Jason Line defeated Steve Graham, 6.592-second at 209.14 mph to (-.021) 13.299, 64.86
R2: Matt Hartford def. Line, 6.644, 207.37 to 9.100, 103.58

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Points position following event: No. 7
Race results:
R1: Greg Anderson defeated Fernando Cuadra Jr., 6.601-second at 207.78 mph to 6.637, 208.30
R2: Chris McGaha def. Anderson, 6.658, 207.59 to 6.672, 209.56

Bo Butner
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Points position following event: No. 3
Race results:
R1: Bo Butner defeated Fernando Cuadra, 6.601-second at 208.23 mph to 6.637, 207.88
R2: Butner def. Jeg Coughlin Jr., (.047 reaction time) 6.638, 207.78 to (.065) 6.630, 207.21
R3: Matt Hartford def. Butner, 6.643, 207.50 to 6.647, 208.39

No. 1 Qualifier: Erica Enders, 6.552
Top speed of qualifying: Greg Anderson, 211.10
Low elapsed time in eliminations: Deric Kramer, 6.584
Top speed of eliminations: Greg Anderson, 209.56

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after AAA Insurance NHRA Nationals, Countdown to the Championship race 2 of 6)

1. Jason Line (2), 2254
2. Erica Enders (1), 2243
3. Bo Butner (4), 2232
4. Matt Hartford (1), 2197
5. Alex Laughlin (1), 2171
6. Jeg Coughlin (1), 2160
7. Greg Anderson (2), 2147
8. Deric Kramer (1), 2132
9. Chris McGaha (1), 2113
10. Val Smeland, 2062

Top speed for Team Summit, strong qualifying across the board for NHRA Midwest Nationals

AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals

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ST. LOUIS (Sept. 28, 2019) – Greg Anderson’s Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro came alive during qualifying for the 8th annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals. Four-time world champ Anderson, who had struggled in the past few events to dial in to a very narrow tuning window for his finicky Camaro, got into the groove and qualified in the No. 4 position with top speed in St. Louis.

Anderson’s best time of 6.563-second at a booming 211.10 mph in the red Team Summit Chevy set the pace on Saturday, and he remained No. 4 heading into eliminations, where he will meet KB Racing-powered Fernando Cuadra Jr.

“This is the most positive day at the track I’ve had in a while,” said Anderson, who is No. 8 in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship points.

“We definitely made a step forward – we need a little bit more, but we’re definitely going in the right direction. That run [in Q3] was a little better than I was expecting, and it’s a confidence builder. We know we can do it; we just have to prove it on Sunday. That’s been my Achilles heel, so hopefully we can keep her together tomorrow and have a chance with these guys. It’s hardball out there.”

On the other side of the ladder, Jason Line, driver of the silver Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, entered the event as the points leader. His best time of 6.560, 209.52 was good for the No. 3 spot, and he will race Steve Graham in round one. Line picked up a total of four bonus points in his quest to protect the points lead.

“Not terrible, but not great. I feel confident going into Sunday with the silver Summit Racing Chevy,” said Line. “I’ve had a good car the last few races, and yes, we really want to be the quickest and the fastest every run, but Sunday is where it matters most. If we can keep building on the momentum we’ve had, we’ll be in good shape.”

Bo Butner, driving the Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro with KB Racing power under the hood, was low elapsed time of the first session. He 6.575, 209.10 in Q3 would hold as his best of qualifying and lock him into the No. 7 spot. He will race Fernando Cuadra Sr. in the opening act.

“We made four respectable runs,” said Butner. “I look at trying to get a good e.t. and qualify well and also at how I’m doing on the tree. I was right there the first few hits, and that last run I still think it was fairly good – I was .022 on the tree. That’s competitive, and we have a car fast enough to win with that. I’m very happy with that last run.

“We tried something there. Jason [Line, KB Racing teammate] asked me, ‘hey, you want to try something,’ and I said, ‘absolutely.’ It probably slowed it down a hundredth out the back, so learning that will help all of us. I like that. I really don’t ever know what he’s trying, but it doesn’t matter. I like that we all help each other. I’m ready for tomorrow. We all are.”

Eliminations for the 8th annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals will begin on Sunday at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway at 11 am CT.

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Qualifying results:
Q1: 6.620-second at 208.59 mph (No. 2, +2 bonus points)
Q2: 6.593, 209.14 (No. 6)
Q3: 6.560, 209.52 (No. 3, +1)
Q4: 6.571, 209.52 (No. 3, +1)

Final qualifying position: No. 3
First-round opponent: Steve Graham

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Qualifying results:
Q1: 6.691-second at 207.88 mph (No. 13)
Q2: 6.622, 208.10 (No. 10)
Q3: 6.563, 211.10 (No. 4)
Q4: 6.582, 208.20 (No. 4)

Final qualifying position: No. 4
First-round opponent: Fernando Cuadra Jr.

Bo Butner
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Qualifying results:
Q1: 6.611-second at 209.20 mph (No. 1, +3 bonus points)
Q2: 6.586, 208.17 (No. 3, +1)
Q3: 6.575, 209.10 (No. 7)
Q4: 6.588, 207.75 (No. 7)

Final qualifying position: No. 7
First-round opponent: Fernando Cuadra

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals qualifying, NHRA Countdown to the Championship race 2 of 6)

1. Jason Line (2), 2234
2. Bo Butner (4), 2192
3. Alex Laughlin (2), 2171
4. Erica Enders, 2163
5. Jeg Coughlin Jr. (1), 2140
6. Matt Hartford (1), 2137
7. Deric Kramer (1), 2132
8. Greg Anderson (2), 2127
9. Chris McGaha (1), 2073
10. Val Smeland, 2062

Race Info
8th annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals
World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway
St. Louis
September 27-29, 2019

Run Schedule (all times ET)
Sunday, September 29
11am – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series eliminations begin,
eliminations for all other categories continue

#NHRAonFOX Schedule (all times ET)
Qualifying / Sunday – 1-2 PM ET / FS1
Finals / Sunday – 2-5 PM ET / FS1

#MidwestNats #NHRACountdown
**Full results at DragRaceCentral.com**

 

Progress and Projection with KB Racing Crew Chief Rob Downing

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Progress report following Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals (race 1 of 6 in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs)
and before the NHRA Midwest Nationals in St. Louis

Reading wrap-up:
It was an exciting weekend, and it was a big deal for Jason Line to win that first race of the Countdown to the Championship with the silver Summit Racing Camaro. We definitely had some luck to get that to happen, but it’s a cool deal, for sure. Fernando Cuadra reaching the final round, that was long overdue for him, so we’re glad to see him have some success. He had some luck, too, but his Chevy Camaro was better, and we hope both those things continue through the Countdown. It would be great if Fernando could help us take out some of those top points cars like he did at Maple Grove.

We were on top of the world for Jason and the silver Summit Racing Camaro, but on the other side of that, we dropped the ball on Greg Anderson’s car. We thought we had things where they needed to be, and we just didn’t. We knew leaving that race that we had some serious things to figure out, and that was a lot of what we worked on before St. Louis. In simple terms, that car has just not been in its happy spot. You can’t make a mistake with it, and if you miss it by the littlest bit, it gets angry.

Overall grade for Reading:
Again, it was really good for the silver Summit Racing Chevy and we qualified well. But on Friday night in the good session, we just totally missed it with Greg’s car. After that, it’s just a snowball. Had we qualified better with his car, we might have had different results on Sunday. Overall, I would say we were between a C+ and B-.

The St. Louis challenge:
Really, the challenge with the silver Summit Racing Chevy will just be keeping the momentum. Knock on wood, we feel like we have a pretty good handle on it. The big challenge is getting the red car better and not putting ourselves behind the eight ball. We gotta be fast off the trailer.

Team Summit Pre-Race Package: NHRA St. Louis

13th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals

Photo credit: Auto Imagery

Pro Stock race 14 of 18, Countdown to the Championship race 2 of 6

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS7
Current points position: No. 8

Event-Specific Notes:
• Greg Anderson, driver of the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, is seeking a fifth Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Championship. He enters the NHRA Midwest Nationals holding down the No. 8 spot in the 2019 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship.
• Anderson holds the World Wide Technology Raceway Pro Stock track record for elapsed time at 6.492-second, set in 2015

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 multi-time champion 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 157 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’s 103 starts from the No. 1 position is the third-most of any Pro driver ever

Anderson at the NHRA Midwest Nationals in St. Louis
2 wins in 5 final rounds
Won 2017 (defeated Jason Line)
Runner-up 2005 (Kurt Johnson)
Won 2004 (defeated Steve Johns)
Runner-up 2002 (Jeg Coughlin Jr.)
Runner-up 2000 (Ron Krisher)
No. 1 in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2014, 2017
Last year: Qualified No. 8; second round

Anderson’s career stats through 2019 Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals in Reading
(most recent event)
4-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2003-05, 2010)
465 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:
“We’ve made some changes and done some testing because we haven’t had it quite right with my car yet. The red Summit Racing Chevy Camaro has a very tight tuning window, and there has just been no room for even the tiniest mistake. That makes it almost impossible to tune, but we’ve been working with it, and we are beginning to feel a little more confident. This is an important race, and how we do in St. Louis will have a lot to do with where we end up at the end of the season. There is a lot on the line in the Countdown, and it’s just a dogfight. Hopefully, we have a happy racecar this weekend, because that could make all the difference.”

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS5
Current points position: No. 1

Event-Specific Notes:
• Wright, Minnesota-native Jason Line, driver of the silver Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro, enters the second race of the 2019 Countdown to the Championship as the points leader. He took over the top spot after winning in Reading (the last event on the tour).
• St. Louis is one of just five races on the current tour where Line has yet to score a victory
• Line holds the track record for speed at World Wide Technology Raceway for his 213.47 mph pass recorded there in 2012
• Over the course of the regular season, Line has claimed low elapsed time twice (nine times overall for KB Racing) and top speed of the event four times (11 times in 13 races for KB Racing)

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 this season. It is the third most of any active driver in the category.
• The Mooresville, N.C.-based drag racer has 52 national event wins on his scorecard: 50 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 at the NHRA Midwest Nationals in St. Louis
3 final rounds
Runner-up 2017 (Greg Anderson)
Runner-up 2014 (Dave Connolly)
Runner-up 2009 (Jeg Coughlin Jr.)
No. 1 in 2008, 2012

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

Quote:
“Right now, I have the best Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro I’ve had in years. That’s a good feeling going into the Countdown, but you never know. You have to stay on top of things, and you have to be your best if you’re going to make it happen. We didn’t bring the championship home to Ken Black last year, but I like our chances right now. These next six races are going to be tough, and you’re really going to have to earn it. We have a little bit of momentum, though, and hopefully, we can build on that. I’d like to start next year with a big No. 1 on the window.”

Line on the WFO Radio Podcast:
“In St. Louis, I’m just going to do the same things that I did last week in Reading. I feel good about it, and I feel like I owe that place. It’s the site of my only DNQ, and that’s my biggest blemish in Pro Stock racing. I’d say that I’m over it, but that would be a lie. I still feel like I owe that place a good, swift kick. We’re going to go there and try to get it done.”

Bo Butner
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS8
Current points position: No. 2

Event-Specific Notes:
• Bo Butner, the 2017 NHRA Pro Stock world champion, led the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series points throughout the entire regular season. After a bit of a stumble in Reading, he is No. 2 in the championship standings.
• The Floyds Knobs, Indiana, native has four wins in four Pro Stock final rounds so far this year. Overall, he has 11 wins in a total of 102 career Pro Stock races.
• Butner, flying the Summit Racing colors, will also compete in the SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown at the Midwest Nationals in his 2019 Cobra Jet Mustang
• Butner was the winner of the very first Factory Stock Showdown, which took placed in Indy at the U.S. Nationals in 2012. Although it was won at a national event, it was then considered an exhibition and was not officially deemed a national event win.
• He so far has four FSS wins and has been to the final round at two FSS events this season. Once considered an exhibition, the FSS is now considered an official NHRA class; if Butner should win a Factory Stock Showdown trophy, it would be the seventh category in which he will have scored a national event win.
• In addition to his success in Pro Stock in 2019, Butner has won in Super Gas and twice been runner-up in the Factory Stock Showdown to create a scenario in which he has the potential to claim three season championships in one year.
• Butner has not yet won in any class in St. Louis at the national event level

Driver Notes:
• Butner won the first race of the 2019 season and then again in Gainesville, Las Vegas, and Richmond. He enters the Midwest Nationals No. 2 in the Pro Stock points.
• 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 won Super Gas in Sonoma this season in his very first race in the category and was runner-up in the class at Brainerd. He was also runner-up in Super Gas at the divisional event in Bowling Green, Ky. Butner currently has national event wins in six different categories (Pro Stock, Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Super Street, and Super Gas).
• Butner has 11 Pro Stock wins on his scorecard

Butner at the NHRA Midwest Nationals in St. Louis
2 final rounds
2016 Runner-up in Pro Stock (Alex Laughlin)
2013 Runner-up in Super Stock (Bill Rowe)
Last year: Qualified No. 4; second round

Butner’s career stats through 2019 Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals in Reading
(most recent event)
2017 NHRA Pro Stock champion
2006 Competition Eliminator champion
102 races
11 Pro Stock wins
13 Pro Stock runner-up finishes
24 overall Pro Stock final rounds
11 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)
55 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, 2 Super Gas)
Career best e.t.: 6.475
Career best speed: 214.28

Quote:
“We’re doing some testing with our Cobra Jet Mustang for the Factory Stock Showdown before St. Louis because I haven’t been happy with the performance of that car lately. We’re going to be racing both the showdown and our Jim Butner Auto Group Chevy Camaro in Pro Stock, so it will be a fun weekend. Our Pro Stock car is definitely capable of winning. I’m happy for the KB Racing victory in Reading [two weeks ago] – I know Ken and Judy Black are happy, so that puts a smile on all of our faces. We want to keep everyone smiling and keep those final rounds and trophies coming. I need to win a race in the shootout, and we definitely have the car to do it there, too. It would be great to win a championship in the Factory Stock Showdown, but it’s going to be tough to get around Drew [Skillman]. We have to go more rounds than him, so we’ll see what happens – but I’m just happy to even be in the top 10.”

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals, Countdown to the Championship race 1 of 6)

1. Jason Line (2), 2194
2. Bo Butner (4), 2155

3. Alex Laughlin (1), 2139
4. Erica Enders, 2116
5. Matt Hartford (1), 2103
6. Jeg Coughlin (1), 2099
7. Deric Kramer (1), 2095
8. Greg Anderson (2), 2092

9. Chris McGaha (1), 2041
10. Val Smeland, 2031

Race Info
8th annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals
World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway
St. Louis
September 27-29, 2019

Run Schedule (all times ET)
Friday, September 27
7:30am – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman qualifying, time trials begin
2:15pm – SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown qualifying session 1
3:15pm – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 1
5:00pm – SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown qualifying session 2
6:00pm – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 2

Saturday, September 28
8:00am – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations begin
12:45pm – SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown qualifying session 3
1:45pm – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 3
3:30pm – SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown round one
4:30pm – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 4

Sunday, September 29
11am – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series eliminations begin,
eliminations for all other categories continue

#NHRAonFOX Schedule (all times ET)
Qualifying / Friday – 6-7 PM ET / FS1
Qualifying / Sunday – 1-2 PM ET / FS1
Finals / Sunday – 2-5 PM ET / FS1

#MidwestNats #NHRACountdown
**Full results at DragRaceCentral.com**

Line’s 50th Pro Stock win puts Team Summit on top at first NHRA Countdown race

35th annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil

Photo credit: Auto Imagery

READING, Pa. (Sept. 15, 2019) – Jason Line’s silver Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro has been a mean hot rod for the past few races, and on raceday at the 35th annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals, the power of his KB Racing Pro Stocker was again rewarded with victory.

Brainerd winner Line scored the first win of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship with a final-round defeat of KB Racing teammate Fernando Cuadra and vaulted into the points lead on Sunday at Maple Grove Raceway.

It was the 50th Pro Stock win of Line’s career and 52nd overall, including his two Stock Eliminator victories.

“This is probably the best Summit Racing Chevy Camaro I’ve ever had, and all I have to do is not mess it up,” said Line, following the 46th all-KB Racing final round and 158th win for Ken Black’s Mooresville, N.C., based team.

“It was a lot of fun to have Fernando in the other lane. I have to say congratulations to him; it was his first final round, and they did a heck of a job. He’s going to get a win – it just wasn’t going to be today.”

In the final, Cuadra was first to launch by a bunch, but Line made up ground efficiently with the most powerful Chevy Camaro on the property and laid down a 6.553-second pass at 210.60 mph to his challenger’s 6.594, 208.78. The margin of victory for the silver Summit Racing Chevy was just .009-second.

“I did not do good in the final by any means – other than not hitting anything – but I had a great hot rod, and I was pretty fortunate today,” admitted Line.

“If you would have asked me at Seattle if we had a chance to win the championship, I would have told you no. But right now, we arguably have the best car. I’m not trading with anybody, that’s for sure. We have a good chance, all we have to do is do a good job driving, and it will happen. That’s easier said than done, but that’s what makes Mello Yello drag racing great.”

No. 3 qualifier Line disposed of Wally Stroupe in the first round with low elapsed time of raceday, 6.540, 210.44 mph to a tire-rattling 17.922, 45.55, then sliced into KB Racing teammate Bo Butner with a .008-second reaction time and 6.549, 210.41 to his opponent’s 6.575, 210.41.

“Bo Butner should stay away from Jason Line,” said Butner, following the round that took him out of the top spot in the Pro Stock points for the first time all year. “You want to win the first race of the Countdown, but you really want to win the first round, and we did that. But Jason has the car of the class right now, and he did what he needed to.

“If I liked him a lot more, I’d probably put a picture of me on his dash. When he’s thinking of me, he’s never worse than .015 on the tree. He does not want to lose to me; it’s like I’m his little brother. But I’m going to start being a mean little brother.”

Following his defeat of Butner, Line seized the opportunity to take down Matt Hartford, who had knocked Summit Racing teammate Greg Anderson out in the opening act. Line was 6.572, 210.57 to 6.604, 210.73 to get the win light over Hartford and reach his third Reading final round.

Line has won all three times he’s reached the money round at Maple Grove Raceway, and he’s had to defeat a KB Racing teammate in each of those three meetings: in 2004 he bested Team Summit counterpart Anderson, in 2011 it was KB Racing-powered Ronnie Humphrey, and this year Cuadra was on the receiving end of Line’s powerful Pennsylvania punch.

“This track has been very good to me,” said Line. “Over the years, I’ve traditionally had fast cars here. I’m not sure why it’s trended that way, but I like this place.”

Anderson had high hopes for the red Summit Racing Chevy Camaro entering the event. He holds the track record for speed at 214.59 mph, which he set in 2015, and reached the Reading final in three of the past four years. This time around, he battled in qualifying and started from the No. 10 position, setting up the first-round meeting with Hartford.

“We just have a mystery with my car right now. It’s a good car, it just has a very small tuning window, and you have to be perfect. That’s tough to do every time,” said Anderson, who is now No. 8 in the championship points. “We’re going to see if we can figure this out. We know we have to do something, and quick. We’re going to go and test before St. Louis, and with all of the resources that we have, and all of the support, we know we can get this sorted out.

“It was a disappointing day for us in terms of the red Summit Racing Chevy Camaro, but we were very happy to see another all KB Racing final round. Fernando Cuadra had a great day today, his best ever in Pro Stock, and Jason’s day was even better. So, a good day for the team overall, we just have some work to do with the red car.”

The next event on the 2019 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour is race two of six in the Countdown to the Championship, the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park in St. Louis, September 27-29.

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Points position following event: No. 1
Race results:
R1: Jason Line defeated Wally Stroupe, 6.540-second at 210.44 mph to 17.922, 45.55
R2: Line def. Bo Butner, 6.549, 210.41 to 6.575, 210.41
R3: Line def. Matt Hartford, 6.572, 210.57 to 6.604, 210.73
R4: Line def. Fernando Cuadra, 6.553, 210.60 to 6.594, 208.78

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Points position following event: No. 8
Race results:
R1: Matt Hartford defeated Greg Anderson, 6.578-second at 209.75 mph to 6.622, 211.06

Bo Butner
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Points position following event: No. 2
Race results:
R1: Bo Butner defeated Aaron Stanfield, 6.549-second at 210.21 mph to 6.557, 210.54
R2: Jason Line def. Butner, 6.549, 210.41 to 6.575, 210.41

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals, NHRA Countdown to the Championship race 1 of 6)

1. Jason Line (2), 2194
2. Bo Butner (4), 2155
3. Alex Laughlin (1), 2139
4. Erica Enders, 2116
5. Matt Hartford (1), 2103
6. Jeg Coughlin (1), 2099
7. Deric Kramer (1), 2095
8. Greg Anderson (2), 2092
9. Chris McGaha (1), 2041
10. Val Smeland, 2031

Race Info
35th annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals
Maple Grove Raceway
Reading, Pennsylvania
September 12-15, 2019

#ReadingNats #NHRACountdown
**Full results at DragRaceCentral.com**