Team Summit Pre Race Package: NHRA Arizona Nationals

Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals

Greg Anderson, Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro (Photo credit: Auto Imagery)

35th annual Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals
Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, Phoenix
2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, Race 2

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS5

Story Lines:
• Jason Line debuted a new Jerry Haas-built Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro two weeks ago in Pomona
• The driver of the silver Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro was runner-up at the first race of the season, the NHRA Winternationals in Pomona
• If Line should win the final round at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, he will have 600 Pro Stock round wins – the third most of any active driver in the category. He has competed in 904 rounds of Pro Stock racing entering the event.
• Line has two wins in five Phoenix final rounds. Last season, he was runner-up at the event.
• 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, as well as one NHRA Sportsman championship earned in Stock Eliminator behind the wheel of his 1970 Buick Gran Sport

Quotes:
“Getting to the final round with the silver Summit Racing Chevy Camaro in Pomona was great, but obviously the goal this weekend is to get one more win light on Sunday. I’m looking forward to the first qualifying session and getting back in the driver’s seat because this is a good car. It’s fun to drive, for sure.

“They usually have very dry, cool air this time of year in Phoenix, and that’s good for the Pro Stock cars. That can make this a fast racetrack, even considering the elevation.”

Line in Phoenix
Two wins in five final rounds
Runner-up 2018 (Chris McGaha)
Won 2016 (defeated McGaha)
Won 2012 (defeated Greg Anderson)
Runner-up 2008 (V. Gaines)
Runner-up 2007 (Kurt Johnson)
No. 1 in 2007, 2017
Here last season: Qualified No. 5, reached final round

Line’s Career Stats
(through 2019 NHRA Winternationals in Pomona)
3-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2006, 2011, 2016)
1993 NHRA Stock Eliminator champion
No. 2 in 2019 Pro Stock standings
357 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
53 Pro Stock No. 1 qualifier awards
102 overall final rounds, including NHRA Sportsman and Professional competition
(2 Stock Eliminator, 100 Pro Stock)
Career best e.t.: 6.455
Career best speed: 215.17

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS7

Story Lines:
• Greg Anderson has more round wins in Pro Stock eliminations than any other active driver. He is in pursuit of his 800th Pro Stock round win and plans to claim it on Sunday at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.
• Heading into Phoenix, Anderson has participated in 1198 rounds of racing – the most of any active Pro Stock driver
• 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.
• Las Vegas-based Ken Black selected Anderson to drive for KB Racing in 1998. They have been racing together for more than two decades and have, along with crew chief Rob Downing, built a team that now owns 150 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 91 national event wins and is the second-most winning driver of all time in the category (W. Johnson has 97)

Quotes:
“We got off to a little bit of a rough start with my car in Pomona, but we’re putting that behind us and starting fresh in Phoenix. We like this racetrack, and we tested there just a couple of weeks ago, so we really don’t have any excuses. We feel good about our team and our Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaros going into this race, just as we did in Pomona. We started the season with confidence, and that was reinforced in the final round at the Winternationals. Our goal is to add to that and get another win for Ken Black, Summit Racing, and Chevrolet.”

Anderson in Phoenix
Two wins in four final rounds
Won 2017 (defeated Drew Skillman)
Runner-up 2012 (Jason Line)
Runner-up 2006 (Warren Johnson)
Won 2003 (defeated Troy Coughlin)
No. 1 in 2006, 2004
Here last season: Qualified No. 4, reached second round

Anderson’s Career Stats
(through 2019 NHRA Winternationals in Pomona)
4-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2003-05, 2010)
Tied for No. 11 in 2019 Pro Stock standings
453 Pro Stock races
91 wins
61 runner-up finishes
152 overall final rounds
102 No. 1 qualifier awards
Career best e.t.: 6.457
Career best speed: 215.48

Bo Butner
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS8

Story Lines:
• Bo Butner, the 2017 NHRA Pro Stock world champion, won the first race of the 2019 season and enters Phoenix as the points leader
• Last October, Butner had 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 will be born in April). When the schedule was shortened to 18 races, though, he was encouraged by his mom, Dottie, to reconsider.
• Butner’s victory in Pomona two weeks ago was the 150th Pro Stock win for KB Racing, the acclaimed group racing out of Ken Black’s race shop in Mooresville, North Carolina
• Butner, an accomplished NHRA Sportsman racer who earned the Comp Eliminator season title in 2006 and has four Division 3 championships, has one win in Phoenix – he beat Mark Faul in Super Stock for the trophy in 2002
• Butner has a total of eight Pro Stock wins on his scorecard
• The Floyds Knobs, Indiana-based driver is engaged to Randi Lyn Shipp, a Stock Eliminator competitor who favors Phoenix; she won there in 2011 (her first national event win) and 2016

Quotes:
“After winning Pomona last year, I didn’t win again until the second-to-last race of the year. We didn’t have a bad car, we just didn’t have the luck. I do not feel that way this year at all. We have a great car, a great team, and I’m very excited to keep it going. We’re going to try to win them all. The KB Racing team is just as strong as ever, and we’ll get even better.”

Butner in Phoenix
1 win in 1 final round
Won Super Stock 2002 (defeated Mark Faul)
Here last season: Qualified No. 6, first round

Butner’s Career Stats
(through 2019 NHRA Winternationals in Pomona)
2017 NHRA Pro Stock champion
2006 Competition Eliminator champion
No. 1 in 2019 Pro Stock standings
90 races
8 wins
13 runner-up finishes
21 overall Pro Stock final rounds
8 Pro Stock No. 1 qualifier awards
23 overall wins, including NHRA Sportsman competition
(8 Pro stock, 6 Comp Eliminator, 3 Super Stock, 5 Stock Eliminator, 1 Super Street)
48 overall final rounds, including NHRA Sportsman and Professional competition
(21 Pro Stock, 13 Comp Eliminator, 6 Super Stock, 7 Stock Eliminator, 1 Super Street)
Career best e.t.: 6.475
Career best speed: 214.28

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(following the NHRA Winternationals, race 1 of 18)

1. Bo Butner (1), 120
2. Jason Line, 97
3. Erica Enders, 80
4. Alex Laughlin, 76
5t. Matt Hartford, 52
5t. Chris McGaha, 52
7t. Steve Graham, 51
7t. Val Smeland, 51
9. Rodger Brogdon, 44
10. Deric Kramer, 37
11t. Greg Anderson, 35
11t. Kenny Delco, 35

Race Info
35th annual Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals
Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, Phoenix
February 22-24, 2019

Run Schedule (all times local)
Friday, February 22
8:00 a.m. – Sportsman qualifying
1:30 p.m. – Pro qualifying session 1
4:30 p.m. – Pro qualifying session 2

Saturday, February 23
8:00 a.m. – Sportsman eliminations
1:30 p.m. – Pro qualifying session 3
4:30 p.m. – Pro qualifying session 4

Sunday, February 24
11:00 a.m. – Eliminations

#NHRAonFOX Television Schedule (all times ET)
Qualifying / Friday – 11 PM-Midnight ET / FS1
Qualifying / Saturday – 7-8 PM ET / FS1
Nitro Finals / Sunday – 6-8 PM ET / FS1
Pro Stock Finals / Tuesday, February 26 – 9-10 PM ET / FS1

*Find event results at DragRaceCentral.com*

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