Team Summit occupies top half of the field at NHRA Winternationals

Lucas Oil NHRA WinternationalsPOMONA, Calif. (Feberuary 9, 2019) – Qualifying for the first Pro Stock race of 18 in NHRA’s 2019 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series concluded with KB Racing occupying four positions in the top half of the field. Jason Line, driver of the brand-spanking-new silver Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, qualified in the No. 5 position and will race KB Racing teammate Fernando Cuadra in the first round. Greg Anderson, driving his trusty red Summit Racing Chevrolet, is in the No. 6 spot and set up for a first-round meeting with Chris McGaha.

“This new Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro is a good car,” said Line, whose best pass was a 6.547-second journey down the quarter mile racetrack at 212.33 mph – the second-fastest speed on the sheets.

“We kind of fought a few new-car gremlins,” Line continued. “We had a little bit of an electrical issue that took us a few runs to figure out, but we’re coming around. It’s getting better, and it’s going to be a very good racecar. It fits me nicely, and I’m very proud to be driving it. Tomorrow is going to be exciting, and racing here this weekend is certainly not for the faint of heart. It’s going to be interesting.”

Anderson faced a series of unexpected challenges behind the wheel. His first qualifying pass ended with a bang and necessitated an engine change, but he came back with a fresh bullet to lay down a 6.553, 212.06 for a bonus qualifying point as the third-quickest car of the round. More trouble ensued in the third session, though, and he coasted slowly across the finish line. His recovery pass in the final session was a nice 6.563, 211.53.

“We’ve broken some freak parts, and it’s nothing that’s going to be a major repair job – just a small part here and there – but it’s been enough to lose the run,” said Anderson. “On the best run we made, I lost the computer data. It’s just been a combination of issues making it more of a challenge, and we don’t have enough data so far. The racetrack is a severe challenge this weekend, way more than we’ve had in many years, and that really puts the steering wheel back in play. The bottom line is that you have to find a way to make it through the goalpost, and it’ll be whoever can adapt the best to these challenging racetrack conditions.”

Bo Butner, wheeling the Jim Butner Auto Chevrolet Camaro powered by KB Racing, was the top performer in the KB Racing camp with the fastest qualifying speed of all the factory hot rods thanks to a powerful 213.10 mph pass. He claimed a total of four bonus points as one of the quickest cars in three of four sessions. He will start from the No. 3 position and begin his title quest with a meeting with Alan Prusiensky.

“I felt confident after one decent run at the test session in Phoenix on Tuesday,” said Butner, the defending event champion who raced to a best time of 6.530. “We made a good run there, got back in the car here, and it’s the same car. This car has been great for us for a long time. The guys are all working well together on our KB Racing cars, and that’s great for the drivers. They’ve got something new going on, and we’re all happy. My Chevy Camaro looked good in qualifying, and it was as good as a car that you’d want for a track like this. I’m very happy and confident for tomorrow, but whoever wins the race is going to be whoever has the most traction, guaranteed.”

Deric Kramer, the No. 4 qualifier, utilized KB Racing horsepower to claim the No. 4 spot in his American Ethanol Chevrolet Camaro. He will race Steve Graham in round one.

Eliminations for the 59th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals will begin on Sunday, February 9, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. PT.

GREG ANDERSON
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Final qualifying position: No. 6
Anderson’s results:
Q1: 7.069-second at 150.88 mph (No. 13)
Q2: 6.553, 212.06 (No. 6 +1 bonus point)
Q3: 38.984, no speed recorded (No. 6)
Q4: 6.563, 211.53 (No. 6)

Round one:
Greg Anderson vs. Chris McGaha

JASON LINE
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Final qualifying position: No. 5
Line’s results:
Q1: 6.549-second at 211.53 mph (No. 3, +1 bonus points)
Q2: 6.584, 211.23 (No. 5)
Q3: 6.547, 212.33 (No. 5, +2)
Q4: 6.562, 211.63 (No. 5)

Round one:
Jason Line vs. Fernando Cuadra

BO BUTNER
Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Final qualifying position: No. 3

Butner’s results:
Q1: 6.530-second at 213.10 mph (No. 2, +2 bonus points)
Q2: 6.848, 161.59 (No. 2)
Q3: 6.554, 211.39 (No. 3, +1)
Q4: 6.560, 211.86 (No. 3, +1)

Round one:
Bo Butner vs. Alan Prusiensky

Race Info
59th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals
Auto Club Raceway at Pomona
February 7-10, 2019

Run Schedule (all times PT)
Sunday, February 10
11am – Eliminations

#NHRAonFOX Television Schedule
Finals / Sunday – 5-8 PM ET / FS1

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**Full results posted throughout the weekend at DragRaceCentral.com**

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