Butner scores trophy in NHRA Virginia final with Anderson; Line No. 1 qualifier

Second annual Virginia NHRA Nationals

DINWIDDIE, Va. (May 19, 2019) – The NHRA Virginia Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park proved to be an exceptional outing for Team Summit and KB Racing. Jason Line, driver of the silver Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro Pro Stock car, earned a career 54th No. 1 qualifier award, while teammates Bo Butner and Greg Anderson squared off in the final round at the event. Butner got the best of Anderson by just .005-second for his fourth Pro Stock trophy of the year.

“This is absolutely an amazing season,” said No. 3 qualifier Butner, who earned the 11th Pro Stock win of his career. “I was racing the boss right there, and it shows that with KB Racing there’s never any monkey business. They give me the best. Greg is the most competitive dude you’ll ever meet, but we’re all happy when we get two KB Racing cars to the final and can get the win for Ken and Judy Black. Don’t get me wrong, I still want to win every time, I’m a racer. But today was a good day.”

In the final round, Anderson was off the starting line first in the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, .049 to his friendly opponent’s .052, but at the finish-line stripe it was Butner with the win, 6.559-second at 209.01 mph to 6.607, 210.18. Butner’s pass was low elapsed time of raceday, and Anderson’s was top speed of the day.

“We made a good run in the final, and I’m really looking forward to racing in Chicago in two weeks,” said Butner, who padded his points lead by a bunch with the win. “What a season already.”

Anderson, the No. 5 qualifier, had top speed in every round of eliminations except the first one, and he only missed it there by a small margin to Butner. His Summit Racing Camaro was on kill and nearly unstoppable as he knocked out Shane Tucker, Erica Enders, and Alex Laughlin en route to the final. Anderson leapt up to No. 5 in the points with his raceday performance.

“We just missed it in the final round with my car. It spun and shook in low gear,” said Anderson, who is in pursuit of the 92nd Pro Stock win of his career. “My Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro was good all day, and I had a good car all weekend. We raced well on a hot racetrack, we just had a little mistake in the final, and that’s what cost us.

“Bo is being a little hoggish with the wins, but you have to get them while you can. That’s what you’re supposed to do, and more power to him. Our cars outraced everybody today, and that’s what you’re going to have to do on the hot summer tracks. I feel great about that. Obviously, you look for perfection every time, and we didn’t quite get that in the final with my car. We’ll come back and try again in Chicago. I’m ready to go today.”

Line wheeled his way to the second round in Virginia, where he exited on a 6.685, 208.20 pass to opponent Laughlin’s 6.641, 207.59.

“We had a great weekend for KB Racing and a good weekend for sure with my Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro,” said Line, now No. 3 in the Pro Stock standings. “We have some really good racecars in our camp right now, and it’s nice to see our hard work paying off. It isn’t completely paying off quite yet – we could be faster, we could be better. But this was a good weekend. It feels great to be back to racing.”

The next Pro Stock event for NHRA’s Mello Yello Drag Racing Series is the Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway in Chicago, May 30-June 2, 2019.

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Results:
R1: Jason Line defeated Val Smeland, 6.615-second at 209.43 mph to 6.733, 205.94
R2: Alex Laughlin def. Line, 6.641, 207.59 to 6.685, 208.20

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Results:
R1: Greg Anderson defeated Shane Tucker, 6.610-second at 209.43 mph to (-.099 foul) 7.883, 115.30
R2: Anderson def. Erica Enders, 6.629, 209.49 to 6.668, 206.95
R3: Anderson def. Alex Laughlin, 6.609, 209.52 to 6.670, 207.40
R4: Bo Butner def. Anderson, 6.599, 209.01 to 6.607, 210.18

Bo Butner
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Results:
R1: Bo Butner defeated Wally Stroupe, 6.622-second at 209.72 mph to 6.781, 203.43
R2: Butner def. Chris McGaha, 6.625, 208.59 to 6.618, 208.84
R3: Butner def. Jeg Coughlin, 6.602, 208.78 to 6.629, 207.66
R4: Butner def. Greg Anderson, 6.599, 209.01 to 6.607, 210.18

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after NHRA Virginia Nationals, race 5 of 18)

1. Bo Butner (4), 545
2. Alex Laughlin, 358
3. Jason Line, 328
4. Matt Hartford, 318
5. Greg Anderson, 305
6. Jeg Coughlin (1), 298
7. Erica Enders, 297
8. Rodger Brogdon, 254
9. Chris McGaha, 241
10. Deric Kramer, 239

**Full results posted at DragRaceCentral.com**

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