Line on the pole; KB Racing 1-2-3-4 on Friday in Richmond

Second annual Virginia NHRA Nationals
photo credit: Auto Imagery

DINWIDDIE, Va. (May 17, 2019) – Team Summit driver Jason Line powered the silver Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro to the provisional pole on Friday at the NHRA Virginia Nationals. Line, of Mooresville, N.C., is hoping to lock into his first No. 1 since the spring race in Las Vegas in 2017, and he’ll have two more opportunities to protect his position on Saturday as qualifying continues. His toughest competitors, though, look to be his own KB Racing teammates.

Greg Anderson, driver of the red Summit Racing Chevy, is in the No. 2 position, Bo Butner is No. 3, and Deric Kramer is in the No. 4 spot. Fernando Cuadra is a bit further down in the line-up but is in the top half as well, currently situated No. 8.

Team Summit came out swinging after a five-week break in Pro Stock action. Their last event on the tour was in Las Vegas in early April.

“A little time off was good, and we’re kind of taking a little bit of a different approach to things lately,” said Line, who has 53 No. 1 qualifier awards on his scorecard.

In the first round of qualifying, Line raced to a 6.576-second pass at 210.11 that was the quickest overall and fastest in terms of speed. He came back in the second session with an even better 6.563, 210.11. Line was again quickest and fastest of the session and accumulated a total of six bonus qualifying points for the day. Bonus marks are given for the top three quickest cars in each session.

“We’re just trying to do a better job and make sure we’re using everything that we have,” said Line. “Change is tough, especially when you’re old like us. We’ve been doing this a long time, and you have to learn to do new things. We’re in the process of that, and I think we’re going the right way.”

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Q1: 6.576-second at 210.11 mph (No. 1, +3 bonus points)
Q2: 6.563, 210.11 (No. 1, +3 bonus points)

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Q1: 6.593-second at 209.30 mph (No. 3, +1 bonus point)
Q2: 6.578, 209.56 (No. 2, +2 bonus points)

Bo Butner
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Q1: 6.580-second at 209.98 mph (No. 2, +2 bonus points)
Q2: 6.580, 210.01 (No. 3, +1)

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

Race Info
Virginia NHRA Nationals
Virginia Motorsports Park
Richmond (Dinwiddie), Virginia
May 17-19, 2019

Run Schedule (all times local)
Saturday, May 18
8:30 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations begin
12:00 noon – SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown qualifying session 3
12:45 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 3
3:00 p.m. – SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown round 1
3:45 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 4

Sunday, May 19
11:00 a.m. – Pre-race ceremonies
12:00 noon – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro eliminations begin,
eliminations for all categories continue

#NHRAonFOX Television Schedule (all times ET)
Qualifying / Friday – 10:30-11:30 PM ET / FS1
Qualifying / Saturday – 1:30 PM-3:00 PM ET / FS1
Finals / Sunday – 7:30-10:30 PM ET / FS1

**Full results posted at**

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