Butner extends points lead with NHRA Vegas Four-Wide win, Anderson surging and quick

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LAS VEGAS (April 7, 2019) – The final round of the DENSO Auto Parts NHRA Four-Wide Nationals contained three KB Racing-powered Chevrolet Camaro Pro Stockers battling for the trophy. In the end, though, there was only one trophy – and it went to points leader Bo Butner.

Greg Anderson, driving the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, had the fastest car in their final-round fight, but Butner’s quicker reaction time beat all three of his challengers to get him the 10th Pro Stock win of his career and third of the year. Butner also won the season-opener in Pomona and the most recent race on the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour, the 50th annual Gatornationals in Gainesville.

“This class is so tight; it’s tough,” said Butner, who now has a total of six Las Vegas wins in 12 final rounds, across both Pro and Sportsman categories. “We made very good qualifying runs, and we always have a good car. It’s showed it at every race one time or another, even when we didn’t qualify No. 1.

“Today was just supposed to be our day, just like it was in Gainesville. But we’re ready to move on. We hate to have time off now, because we feel like we’re on a roll. But when we come back, we’ll have a 2019 Camaro, and hopefully it’s as nice to us as this one is.”

Butner, the No. 1 qualifier at the event, recorded a 6.639, 206.92 in the first round to advance. Jeff Isbell also advanced with a 6.854 while Butner’s KB Racing teammates Fernando Cuadra and Deric Kramer both left before the tree was activated. Butner’s time was the quickest pass of raceday for all the Pro Stockers.

In round two, Butner was low of the round with a 6.665 at 207.02 to score a ticket to the final. Matt Hartford also advanced with his 6.674, 206.49 to holeshot Chris McGaha’s 6.672 and tardy .123-second reaction time. Jeff Isbell’s 6.801 rounded out the quad.

In the final, Butner recorded a .030-second reaction time along with a 6.677-second pass at 206.67 mph to beat runner-up Hartford’s .052, 6.667, 206.51, Jason Line’s .054, 6.674, 206.99, and Anderson’s .076, 6.655, 207.94.

Anderson’s speed in the final was the fastest of all the Pro Stock cars all weekend long, and his Summit Racing Camaro claimed top speed at over 207 in each of the preceding rounds. He clocked a 6.692, 207.78 in the first round and a 6.689, 207.88 in round two moving on to the final round of the day.

“My Summit Racing Chevy Camaro was fast, and it was fast in Gainesville, too,” said Anderson, the No. 3 qualifier. “That was the bright spot, and we’re definitely gaining on the engine and the racecar, both. We started off a little behind the eight ball this weekend and missed the setup [in qualifying], so it took a few runs to catch up and get that speed back, but we finally did get it back. This was certainly the best day I’ve had all year. Maybe it’s baby steps, but it’s absolutely steps forward. We’re going to be a handful the rest of the year.”

Anderson is now No. 8 in the Pro Stock points.

Although Line qualified in the No. 10 position, he came into raceday with a fire in his belly and a good tune-up in his racecar. Line was quicker than Jeg Coughlin and Alan Prusiensky to move on to round two with Erica Enders. In the second stanza, he and Anderson were both quicker than their opponents, Enders and Alex Laughlin, to lock in their right to race for the money.

“We got better with the silver Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro as the weekend went on, so to salvage that kind of finish out of a little bit of a rough start was good,” said Line, who moved up to No. 4 in the Pro Stock standings with his showing in Las Vegas. “Today wasn’t a bad day, it just wasn’t a great day with my car. We made progress though, and we got a little bit better each run. I think that gives us something positive to look forward to, for sure.”

The next Pro Stock event for NHRA’s Mello Yello Drag Racing Series is the Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park, May 17-19, 2019.

BO BUTNER
Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Points position following event: No. 1
Butner’s results:
R1: Bo Butner (6.639-second at 206.92 mph) and Jeff Isbell (6.854, 202.85) defeat Deric Kramer (left before tree) and Fernando Cuadra (left before tree)
R2: Butner (6.665, 207.02) and Matt Hartford (56.674, 206.48) def. Isbell (6.801, 203.77) and Chris McGaha (6.672, 206.64)
R3: Butner (.030-second reaction time, 6.677, 206.67) def. runner-up Matt Hartford (.052, 6.667, 206.51), Jason Line (.054, 6.674, 206.99), and Greg Anderson (.076, 6.655, 207.94)

GREG ANDERSON
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Points position following event: No. 8
Anderson’s results:
R1: Greg Anderson (6.692-second at 207.78 mph) and Alex Laughlin (6.661, 206.04) defeated Joey Grose (6.712, 205.16) and Steve Graham (6.697, 206.51)
R2: Anderson (6.689, 207.88) and Jason Line (6.680, 207.02) def. Laughlin (6.6984, 205.88) and Erica Enders (7.071, 204.05)
R3: Bo Butner (.030-second reaction time, 6.677, 206.67) def. runner-up Matt Hartford (.052, 6.667, 206.51), Line (.054, 6.674, 206.99), and Anderson (.076, 6.655, 207.94)

JASON LINE
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Points position following event: No. 4
Line’s results:
R1: Jason Line (6.672-second at 206.83 mph) and Erica Enders (6.651, 205.72) defeated Jeg Coughlin (6.849, 171.25) and Alan Prusiensky (6.721, 203.86)
R2: Line (6.680, 207.02) and Greg Anderson (6.689, 207.88) def. Laughlin (6.6984, 205.88) and Erica Enders (7.071, 204.05)
R3: Bo Butner (.030-second reaction time, 6.677, 206.67) def. runner-up Matt Hartford (.052, 6.667, 206.51), Line (.054, 6.674, 206.99), and Anderson (.076, 6.655, 207.94)

Race Info
DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
April 5-7, 2019

*Find detailed results at DragRaceCentral.com*

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after Las Vegas DENSO NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, race 4 of 18)

1. Bo Butner (3), 425
2. Alex Laughlin, 285
3. Matt Hartford, 284
4. Jason Line, 261
5. Erica Enders, 239
6. Jeg Coughlin (1), 225
7. Rodger Brogdon, 220
8. Greg Anderson, 208
9. Deric Kramer, 199
10. Chris McGaha, 189

 

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