Strong qualifying, solid numbers on raceday for Team Summit at the NHRA Arizona Nationals

Drag Racing

CHANDLER, Ariz. (February 24, 2019) – Team Summit made a series of powerful passes during qualifying for the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals, and on raceday the silver Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, driven by Jason Line, was again capable of standing out amongst the competition. The KB Racing team had a shorter day than planned, but that only means more time to prepare for the upcoming event at Gainesville Raceway.

Line, qualified in the No. 3 position, scored a round win over Alan Prusiensky in the first act. His 6.548-second pass at 211.10 mph was the third quickest and fastest pass of the round, and it eliminated his opponent’s 6.637, 206.13. On the other side of the ladder, KB Racing-powered Bo Butner, the No. 1 qualifier, defeated Joey Grose with a 6.551, 211.06 to a 6.698, 206.42, setting up for a potential rematch of the final in Pomona two weeks ago.

In the second round, however, both drivers came up short. Butner remained in the points lead despite being turned away by KB Racing teammate Deric Kramer, 6.567, 209.69 to 6.582, 210.80 – the second fastest pass of the round. Line was stopped by Erica Enders, 6.552, 210.28 to 6.605, 190.67.

“The second round didn’t go as planned, obviously, but we’re still really happy with the silver Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro,” said Line. “It’s already been a good car for us, and it’s getting better. There were challenges this weekend for us here, but the good news is that we can put those behind us and focus on the next race. We’ve got a lot of work to do before Gainesville, so it’s good that we’ve got a little bit of time to work on things.”

The challenges faced in Pomona by Greg Anderson, driver of the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, followed him to Phoenix. He looks to shake the bad luck quickly.

“We’ve had our share of bad breaks and stupid stuff, and hopefully we’ve gotten that all out of the way,” said Anderson, who shook the tires in the first round as Jeg Coughlin Jr. pulled away. “We will certainly be testing before Gainesville and making sure we have everything right. I’m just going to have to forget about the first two races, put them out of my mind, and better days will come.”

What’s Next
The 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will continue at Gainesville Raceway with the 50th annual NHRA Gatornationals, March 14-17.

KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Position in standings following event: No. 2

Line’s results:
R1: Jason Line defeated Alan Prusiensky, 6.548-second at 211.10 mph to 6.637, 206.13
R2: Erica Enders def. Line, 6.552, 210.28 to 6.605, 190.67

KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Position in standings following event: No. 13

Anderson’s results:
R1: Jeg Coughlin Jr. defeated Greg Anderson, 6.568-second at 210.90 mph to 20.633, 48.17

Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Position in standings following event: No. 1

Butner’s results:
R1: Bo Butner defeated Joey Grose, 6.551-second at 211.06 mph to 6.698, 206.42
R2: Deric Kramer def. Butner, 6.567, 209.69 to 6.582, 210.80

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(following the NHRA Arizona Nationals, race 2 of 18)

1. Bo Butner (1), 181
2. Jason Line, 157
3. Erica Enders, 152
4. Matt Hartford, 147
5. Jeg Coughlin Jr. (1), 145
6. Alex Laughlin, 136
7. Deric Kramer, 110
8. Rodger Brogdon, 100
9. Chris McGaha, 84
10t. Steve Graham, 82
10t. Val Smeland, 82
12. Kenny Delco, 69
13. Greg Anderson, 67

#NHRAonFOX Television Schedule (all times ET)
Pro Stock Finals / Tuesday, February 26 – 9-10 PM ET / FS1

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