Team Summit’s Line claims top speed, Butner nabs the pole at NHRA Arizona Nationals

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Bo Butner in the Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro (photo credit: Auto Imagery)

CHANDLER, Ariz. (February 23, 2019) – Abbreviated Pro Stock qualifying did not hinder the progress of Team Summit at the 35th annual Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. Ken Black’s KB Racing team claimed top speed with driver Jason Line wheeling the silver Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, and Bo Butner scored the team’s first No. 1 qualifier award of the season.

Friday’s action was a wash-out as wet and cold weather plagued the Phoenix area, but Saturday’s conditions were dramatically different. Although the air was still quite crisp, the racing surface was soothed by the warm Arizona sun, and the KB Racing crew chiefs made the right calls when it mattered most. Butner collected the ninth No. 1 of his Pro Stock career and second at Wild Horse Pass; his first career pole came at this facility in 2016.

“Our Jim Butner Auto Group, Summit Racing, Speed Dawg Chevy Camaro has been pretty good since I came back out this season,” said Butner, who raced to a best time of 6.522-second at 211.46 in the first session on Saturday to secure his position. “We didn’t change a lot from Pomona [after winning the race]. We made a little poke there the first run and tried some more the second run. It bit us a little bit, but now we know what not to do going into raceday. I’m very happy with that. It’s so hard to qualify No. 1 for anybody, and I’ve been on a year-long drought from it. That’s how tough it is. We got lucky enough to make that run, though, and we have great momentum. I can’t wait for raceday.”

Butner’s last start from the No. 1 position was in Dallas in 2017. He will race Joey Grose in round one.

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Jason Line, Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro (photo credit: Auto Imagery)

Line and the silver Summit Racing Chevy came out swinging. In the first session he threw down a 6.533 at 212.03 that was third best in terms of elapsed time and best overall for speed. In the second session, he outshined the competition with a stellar 6.528, 212.16 that allowed him to scoop up three bonus points and emphasize the team’s stronghold on power with another top speed pass.

“We’re happy with how the silver Summit Racing Chevy Camaro is running right now, and tomorrow is going to be a lot like today,” said Line, who will race Alan Prusiensky in round one. “The similar weather conditions could play in our favor, but tonight we’re focused on my teammate’s car. We would like nothing better than to have an all-Summit Racing final round tomorrow, especially with our team owner Ken Black here.”

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

Line’s counterpart, two-time Phoenix winner Greg Anderson, was not quite on par with the performance of the other cars in the KB Racing stable. He qualified in the No. 10 position with a best time of 6.564, 210.57.

“We’re changing the engine in my Summit Racing Camaro tonight and putting in another one,” said Anderson, who will square off with Jeg Coughlin Jr. in the opening act. “There is something that isn’t quite right about this one, all signs point to that, so we’re not going to worry about it here. We’ll take this one home to work on it, and we’ll go into tomorrow with a fresh one. I’m confident that we’ll be okay once we do that, and with the conditions about the same as what they were today, we should be able to make all the right adjustments.”

Eliminations at the 35th annual Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals will begin on Sunday, February 24, 2019, at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park at 11:00 a.m. MT.

GREG ANDERSON
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Final qualifying position: No. 10

Anderson’s results:
Q1: no session – weather
Q2: no session – weather
Q3: 6.564-second at 210.57 mph (No. 9)
Q4: 6.570, 210.41 (No. 10)

Round one:
Greg Anderson vs. Jeg Coughlin Jr.

JASON LINE
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Final qualifying position: No. 3

Line’s results:
Q1: no session – weather
Q2: no session – weather
Q3: 6.533-second at 212.03 mph (No. 3, +1 bonus point)
Q4: 6.528, 212.16 (No. 3, +3)

Round one:
Jason Line vs. Alan Prusiensky

BO BUTNER
Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Final qualifying position: No. 1

Butner’s results:
Q1: no session – weather
Q2: no session – weather
Q3: 6.522-second at 211.46 mph (No. 1, +3 bonus points)
Q4: 12.618, 68.76 (No. 1)

Round one:
Bo Butner vs. Joey Grose

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

#NHRAonFOX Television Schedule (all times ET)
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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