Team Summit NHRA Chicago Pre-Race Package

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Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS7
Current points position: No. 5

Event-specific Notes:
• Greg Anderson used to consider Chicago the one that always seemed to get away, but in 2011 he finally won. He was victorious again in 2016.
• Anderson holds the Route 66 Raceway track record for speed, set in 2015 at 211.83 mph
• Anderson has been steadily climbing in the Pro Stock standings after a slow start to the 2019 season. He has reached the final round at each of the most recent two events (Las Vegas and Richmond) to move up to No. 5 in the standings.

Driver Notes:
• 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 in Columbus in 1998.
• Las Vegas-based Ken Black brought Anderson on board as a tuner, then a driver for KB Racing. They won their first race together in 2001. They have been racing together for nearly two decades and have, along with crew chief Rob Downing, built a team that now owns 153 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).

Anderson in Chicago
2 wins in 8 final rounds
Runner-up 2018 (Jeg Coughlin Jr.)
Won 2016 (defeated Bo Butner)
Runner-up 2013 (Coughlin)
Runner-up 2012 (Erica Enders)
Won 2011 (defeated Enders)
Runner-up 2006 (Kurt Johnson)
Runner-up 2004 Chicago 1 (Jason Line)
Runner-up 2004 Chicago 2 (Dave Connolly)
Runner-up 2003 Chicago 1 (Coughlin)
No. 1 in 2011, 2007, 2005 Chicago 2, 2004 Chicago 2, 2003 Chicago 1, 2003 Chicago 2
In 2018: No. 1 qualifier; final round

Anderson’s Career Stats through 2019 Virginia Nationals in Richmond
(most recent Pro Stock event)
4-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2003-05, 2010)
457 Pro Stock races
91 wins
62 runner-up finishes
153 overall final rounds
102 No. 1 qualifier awards
Career best e.t.: 6.457
Career best speed: 215.48

“After getting to the final in Richmond and walking away empty handed, I’m ready for a re-run. We did a good job as a team at the last race, especially on a hot and greasy racetrack, so I think that’s going to set us up for some very good racing these next few weeks. My Summit Racing Chevy Camaro was the best it’s been all year, and I feel like it just keeps getting better. We have to close the deal on raceday, that’s all there is to it.”

Second annual Virginia NHRA NationalsJason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS5
Current points position: No. 3

Event-specific Notes:
• Jason Line has three Chicago wins in six final rounds, leading Route 66 Raceway victories for KB Racing and Team Summit
• Line’s first Pro Stock win came 15 years ago in Chicago in 2004, when he defeated Summit Racing teammate Greg Anderson for the trophy. It was the third all-KB Racing final round and the first and only so far in Chicago. (As of the most recent event [Richmond], there have been 45 final rounds in the history of the team in which KB Racing drivers have gone head-to-head for the trophy. Line has come up on the winning end 18 times; Greg Anderson 22; and Bo Butner 5).

Driver Notes:
• Jason Line debuted a new Jerry Haas-built Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro at the 2019 Mello Yello Series season-opener in Pomona and wheeled it to the final round
• The driver of the silver Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro accumulated 600 Pro Stock round wins with his first-round victory in Richmond. It is the third most of any active driver in the category.
• 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 (2006, 2011, 2016), as well as one NHRA Sportsman championship earned in Stock Eliminator behind the wheel of his 1970 Buick Gran Sport (1993)
• His Pro Stock debut was in 2003 in Columbus

Line in Chicago
3 wins in 6 final rounds
Runner-up 2014 (Vincent Nobile)
Runner-up 2010 (Mike Edwards
Runner-up 2007 (Jeg Coughlin Jr.)
Won 2005 Chicago 1 (Coughlin)
Won 2005 Chicago 2 (Erica Enders)
Won 2004 Chicago 1 (Greg Anderson)
No. 1 in 2004
In 2018: Qualified No. 4; second round

Line’s Career Stats through 2019 Virginia Nationals in Richmond
(most recent Pro Stock event)
3-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2006, 2011, 2016)
1993 NHRA Stock Eliminator champion
361 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
54 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

“Chicago is one of those places where weather can be an interesting variable, but it’s a great facility and we like racing there. It’s a special place for me, and if everything goes as we hope, we’ll have another Team Summit final round. This race is the start of four in a row, and having a good race in Chicago would be a very good beginning to this stretch.”

1914-004593Bo Butner
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS8
Current points position: No. 1

Event-specific Notes:
• Butner has been runner-up at this event twice: once in Pro Stock in 2016, and once in Stock Eliminator in 2012
• Butner will race in both Pro Stock and Super Comp this weekend at Route 66 Raceway
• The Super Comp dragster he will drive belongs to friend and fellow Sportsman racer Tyler Bohannon
• The Route 66 Nationals will mark the first time that Butner has competed in Super Comp at the national event level; he has raced the category in a handful of NHRA divisional events in the past. If he should win, it would mark the sixth different category in which he will have been victorious at a national event. The record is seven.

Driver Notes:
• Butner, the 2017 NHRA Pro Stock world champion, won the first race of the 2019 season and then again in Gainesville, Las Vegas, and Richmond. He is the incoming points leader.
• Butner’s victory in Richmond was the 153rd Pro Stock win for KB Racing, the acclaimed group racing out of Ken Black’s shop in Mooresville, North Carolina
• 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 was born just after Gainesville). 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
• Butner has 11 Pro Stock wins on his scorecard

Butner in Chicago
2 final rounds (including Sportsman competition)
Runner-up 2016 in Pro Stock (defeated by Greg Anderson)
Runner-up in 2012 in Stock Eliminator (defeated by Daryl Bureski)
In 2018: Qualified No. 9; first round

Butner’s Career Stats through 2019 Virginia Nationals in Richmond
(most recent Pro Stock event)
2017 NHRA Pro Stock champion
2006 Competition Eliminator champion
94 races
11 Pro Stock wins
13 Pro Stock runner-up finishes
24 overall Pro Stock final rounds
10 Pro Stock No. 1 qualifier awards
26 overall wins, including NHRA Sportsman competition
(11 Pro stock, 6 Comp Eliminator, 3 Super Stock, 5 Stock Eliminator, 1 Super Street)
53 overall final rounds, including NHRA Sportsman and Professional competition
(24 Pro Stock, 13 Comp Eliminator, 6 Super Stock, 7 Stock Eliminator, 1 Super Street, 2 SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown)
Career best e.t.: 6.475
Career best speed: 214.28

“We’re a few races into the regular season, and as it stands, we have a good enough car to win the championship – but to have a real shot at it at the end, you really have to be as good as we were in Richmond every day. Pro Stock is tough, and there are a lot of other racers who are going to win this year. But so far, we’re right there with them. It’s fun to go racing right now, and we’ll be busy in Chicago. I like our chances.”

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

Race Info
Route 66 NHRA Nationals
Route 66 Raceway
Chicago (Joliet), Illinois
May 30-June 2, 2019

Route 66 Raceway Track Records
Pro Stock
Drew Skillman, 6.528 (2015); Greg Anderson, 211.83 (2015)
Funny Car
Robert Hight, 3.851 (2017); Hight, 334.73 (2017)
Top Fuel
Steve Torrence, 3.677 (2018); Torrence, 333.58 (2018)
Pro Stock Motorcycle
Matt Smith, 6.784 (2017); Hector Arana Jr., 200.89 (2018)

Run Schedule (all times local)
Thursday, May 30
8:00 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman qualifying begins

Friday, May 31
8:00 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman qualifying continues, eliminations begin
5:30 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 1
8:00 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 2

Saturday, June 1
9:00 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations continue
11:15 a.m. – Sportsman Allstars driver introductions at the starting line
12:00 p.m. – Sportsman Allstars round 1
1:45 p.m. – Sportsman Allstars round 2
2:45 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 3
4:30 p.m. – Sportsman Allstars finals
5:15 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 4

Sunday, June 2
8:30 a.m. – Lucas Oil Sportsman eliminations continue
10:00 a.m. – Pre-race ceremonies
11:00 a.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro eliminations begin

#NHRAonFOX Television Schedule (all times ET)
Qualifying / Saturday – 7-8 PM ET / FS1
NHRA Sunday LIVE / Sunday – 11:30 AM-12:30 PM ET / FS1
Finals / Sunday – 5:30-8:30 PM ET / FS1

(Sportsman) Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Television Schedule
Finals / Thursday, June 13 – 8:30-9:30 PM ET / FS2

**Full results posted at**

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