Team Summit Pre Race Package: NHRA Gatornationals

Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals

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50th Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals
Gainesville Raceway
2019 Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing Series, Race 3

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 at the 2019 Mello Yello Series season-opener in Pomona, where he wheeled it to the final round
• The driver of the silver Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro will crest 600 Pro Stock round wins if he should reach the final round in Gainesville. That would be the third most of any active driver in the category. He has competed in 906 rounds of Pro Stock racing entering the event.
• Line has four wins in seven Gainesville Pro Stock final rounds, including back-to-back finals in 2015 and 2016, both with Team Summit counterpart Anderson in the other lane
• Line made the quickest run in the history of NHRA’s Electronic Fuel Injected Pro Stock category in 2017 in Gainesville with a 6.476-second pass
• The Mooresville, N.C.-based driver has 48 wins 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, as well as one NHRA Sportsman championship earned in Stock Eliminator behind the wheel of his 1970 Buick Gran Sport

Quotes
“We knew leaving Phoenix that we had a lot of work to do before this race, and I think we’ve had a productive couple of weeks. We’ll find out just how productive it was in just a couple of days when we take our Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaros out for the first qualifying session. This is always an exciting time of year because things are really started to get going, and from here there’s no looking back. Gainesville can be very fast, and it’s a fun racetrack. The KB Racing team has good history there, and we’d like to add to that with a win at the 50th annual Gatornationals. That would be a really special trophy, and it’s one I’d like to have, for sure.”

Line in Gainesville
4 wins in 7 Gainesville final rounds
Runner-up 2016 (Greg Anderson)
Runner-up 2015 (Anderson)
Won 2011 (defeated Anderson)
Won 2010 (defeated Mike Edwards)
Won 2009 (defeated Allen Johnson)
Runner-up 2008 (Jeg Coughlin)
Won 2005 (Dave Connolly)
No. 1 in 2016, 2017
In 2018: Qualified No. 4, first round

Line’s Career Stats
(through 2019 NHRA Arizona Nationals in Phoenix)
3-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2006, 2011, 2016)
1993 NHRA Stock Eliminator champion
No. 2 in 2019 Pro Stock standings
358 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

Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals

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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
• Heading into Gainesville, Anderson has participated in 1199 rounds of racing – the most of any active Pro Stock driver
• Anderson made the fastest run in the history of NHRA’s Electronic Fuel Injected Pro Stock category in 2017 in Gainesville with a 214.59 mph pass
• The first-ever round win for Anderson came at the 1998 Gatornationals. Allen Johnson was in the other lane, and unbeknownst to Anderson, his opponent lost control of his Pro Stock car and crashed behind him. Johnson was uninjured.
• Anderson and Summit Racing teammate Jason Line are tied as the second-most winning Pro Stock drivers at the Gatornationals (they each have four wins there)
• 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
“Gainesville Raceway has always been a special place for me. It has a kind of magic feel to it, a lot like Indy. It’s a great track for Pro Stock, and the fans there are just awesome. For me, it’s one of the most special places on the whole tour because my father, Rod, used to take us down there for family vacations. We’d go to Disneyworld and spend time with my dad’s brother, but the best part was that we’d get to go to the race. That was something you just don’t forget.”

Anderson on his first milestone 21 years ago at this race:
“The first round win I ever got in a Pro Stock car was there at the Gatornationals in 1998. I was driving for my father-in-law, Troy Humphrey. I didn’t qualify as well as AJ [Allen Johnson], but somehow, I beat him. I got to the finish line, made the turnoff, and saw that the Safety Safari trucks were rushing past me. I was all excited and didn’t know what happened, but it turned out that AJ had tumbled like 10 times and went over the wall. It was definitely a memorable race, both good and bad. AJ was okay, but he definitely destroyed his racecar.”

Anderson on the loss of his father, Rod Anderson (85 years old), on Sunday, May 10, 2019:
“My dad was my hero, and the one who got me started in racing. He was a man that never had an enemy – a great man loved by all. He will be greatly missed.”

Anderson in Gainesville
4 wins in 7 Gainesville final rounds
Runner-up 2017 (Shane Gray)
Won 2016 (defeated Jason Line)
Won 2015 (defeated Line)
Runner-up 2012 (Mike Edwards)
Runner-up 2011 (Line)
Won 2007 (defeated Larry Morgan)
Won 2004 (defeated Jeg Coughlin)
No. 1 in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
In 2018: Qualified No. 1, second round

Anderson’s Career Stats
(through 2019 NHRA Arizona Nationals in Phoenix)
4-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2003-05, 2010)
No. 13 in 2019 Pro Stock standings
454 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

Drag Racing

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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 Gainesville as the points leader
• Butner’s victory in Pomona was the 150th Pro Stock win for KB Racing, the acclaimed group racing out of Ken Black’s race shop in Mooresville, North Carolina
• He was the No. 1 qualifier in Phoenix
• Butner, flying the Summit Racing colors, will compete in the SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown at the Gatornationals 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. He has four total previous FSS wins, including the 2015 trophy in Gainesville.
• 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 will be born in April). 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
• He has one national event win in Gainesville, which he earned in 2013 with a final-round defeat of Charley Downing in Stock Eliminator
• Butner has eight career Pro Stock wins
• The Floyds Knobs, Indiana-based driver is engaged to Randi Lyn Shipp, a Stock Eliminator competitor who will also race at the Gatornationals

Quotes
“It’s going to be a fun weekend. I’ll be racing in the Factory Stock Showdown, if all goes as planned, but I’m ready to hop back in the Pro Stock car. My Jim Butner Auto Group Chevy is a great car, and I still feel like it might be the best car out there. Of course, you want to win this deal. I won Stock Eliminator in Gainesville a few years back, and that was just a great feeling. Any win in Gainesville is big – it’s always a trophy you want, but even more so this year because it’s their 50th anniversary. I’m looking forward to it.”

Butner in Gainesville
Won Stock Eliminator in 2013 (defeated Charley Downing)
Won Factory Stock Showdown in 2015 (defeated Bruno Massel)
Runner-up in Pro Stock in 2018 (Tanner Gray)
In 2018: Qualified No. 5, final round

Butner’s Career Stats
(through 2019 NHRA Arizona Nationals in Phoenix)
2017 NHRA Pro Stock champion
2006 Competition Eliminator champion
No. 1 in 2019 Pro Stock standings
91 races
8 wins
13 runner-up finishes
21 overall Pro Stock final rounds
9 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 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

Race Info
50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals
Gainesville Raceway, Gainesville, Fla.
March 14-17, 2019

Run Schedule (all times local)
Thursday, March 14
8:30 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman qualifying

Friday, March 15
8:30 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations
11:45 a.m. – SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown qualifying
1:15 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 1
3:50 p.m. – SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown qualifying
5:00 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 2

Saturday, March 16
8:30 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations
10:30 a.m. – SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown qualifying
12:00 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 3
2:30 p.m. – SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown round 1
3:30 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 4

Sunday, March 17
8:30 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations
11:00 a.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro eliminations begin
eliminations for all categories continue

#NHRAonFOX Television Schedule (all times ET)
Qualifying / Friday – 11:30 PM-12:30 AM ET / FS1
Qualifying / Saturday – 9-10 PM ET / FS1
Finals / Sunday – 7:30-11 PM ET / FS1

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