JOLIET, Ill. (June 2, 2019) – Qualifying for the Route 66 NHRA Nationals was exceptional for the Summit Racing Pro Stock team, and in eliminations, they issued a powerful warning as they reset the Route 66 Raceway track record for speed. Greg Anderson, driving the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, had the fastest racecar he’s had all year, and the veteran Pro Stock driver believes that will only bode well for the future.
“My car was the fastest car out here, and that feels good,” said Anderson, who claimed the 103rd No. 1 qualifier award of his career at the event and clocked a killer 6.552-second pass at a booming 212.39 mph in the semifinals to reclaim the track record for speed. The previous record was also set by Anderson in 2015 at 211.83.
“Today I didn’t get the job done by winning, and I take full responsibility for it,” he continued. “That’s certainly something I’m going to be working on before the next race.”
In the first round of eliminations, Anderson clocked a low of the round 6.537, 211.23 to defeat Alan Prusiensky. In round two, he was again low of the round with a 6.541, 211.06 next to a red-lighting Bo Butner. The 21-year Pro Stock veteran’s day came to an end in the semifinals when Erica Enders was quicker off the starting line to facilitate a holeshot win, 6.573, 210.41 to 6.552 at that large speed of 212.39.
“The great news is that all of our cars are really fast, especially my Summit Racing Chevy,” said Anderson, who has 91 national event wins on his scorecard, all earned with KB Racing. The team now owns 154 national event victories as KB Racing-powered Deric Kramer won the Chicago Pro Stock final with low elapsed time of the event, 6.532.
“We’re excited about how all of our cars are performing, and the next race is the Summit Racing Nationals in Norwalk, so that gets us really excited,” Anderson continued. “We know our cars are going to be fast. We’re going to work on them, do some testing before then, and just keep trying to get better yet. A good weekend, but we’ve got even better ones in our very near future.”
Anderson’s Summit Racing teammate Jason Line was the provisional No. 1 on Friday and No. 2 qualifier on Saturday. He brought in a first-round victory over Kenny Delco with the second-best run of the round, a 6.548 at 210.44 to his opponent’s tire-rattling 13.795. In the second act, though, it was Alex Laughlin with a holeshot win, 6.570, 209.23 to Line’s 6.568, 210.41.
“It was a good weekend for Team Summit, but we really wanted it to be a great weekend,” said Line, who is No. 4 in the Pro Stock points leaving Chicago. “We’ll have a little bit of time to work on things back at the shop before the next race, and that certainly doesn’t hurt. The bright spot for us is that we’ve wanted to get the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro better, and it seems to be on the right track. We still have more work to do with all of our cars, but we’ll get there. It’s just a matter of time and effort, and this team has never shied away from that.”
Butner, the current points leader in the category and a four-time winner in the first five races of the season, didn’t have a typical weekend. He qualified in the No. 8 position and knocked out Jeg Coughlin Jr. in the first round, 6.594, 211.03 to his challenger’s .003-second red-light start, then was defeated by Anderson in round two when he launched .075 too soon.
“I was just completely out of my element,” said Butner. “We went from being the fastest KB Racing car to the slowest, and I overthought everything today. We just struggled. I was .027 on the tree first round and should have been happy and stayed right there, but Greg’s got a rocket ship. I’ve never really been successful with worrying about the guy in the other lane, and that was true again today.
“There’s no way to justify it because I wish I was still out there racing, but good for Greg, and good for KB Racing. He had the fastest car all weekend. We’ve been really blessed over here; Randi Lyn [Shipp, Butner’s fiancée] won in Stock Eliminator, and she’s been doing great. We’ve been to a lot of finals this year, so we have a lot to be thankful for. We’re ready to get back in our Summit Racing Cobra Jet to test before the next SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown race next weekend in Topeka, and we’ll be ready to get back in the Pro Stock car in Norwalk. I’m looking forward to a lot of great racing ahead.”
The next Pro Stock event on the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour is the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, June 20-23. The SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown continues in Topeka at the NHRA Heartland Nationals next weekend.
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
R1: Jason Line 6.548-second at 210.44 mph defeated Kenny Delco 13.795, 61.92
R2: Alex Laughlin (.043-second reaction time) 6.570, 209.23 def. Line (.076) 6.568, 210.41
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
R1: Greg Anderson 6.537-second at 211.23 mph defeated Alan Prusiensky 6.680, 206.45
R2: Anderson 6.541, 211.06 def. Bo Butner (-.075 red light) 6.681, 182.87
R3: Erica Enders (.012-second reaction time) 6.573, 210.41 def. Anderson (.047) 6.552, 212.39
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
R1: Bo Butner 6.594-second at 211.03 mph def. Jeg Coughlin Jr. (-.003 red light) 6.568, 209.49
R2: Greg Anderson 6.541, 211.06 def. Butner (-.075 red light) 6.681, 182.87
2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after Route 66 NHRA Nationals, race 6 of 18)
1. Bo Butner (4), 578
2. Alex Laughlin, 391
3. Erica Enders, 333
4. Jason Line, 370
5. Greg Anderson, 349
6. Matt Hartford, 359
7. Deric Kramer (1), 277
8. Jeg Coughlin (1), 330
9. Rodger Brogdon, 286
10. Chris McGaha, 273
**Full results posted at DragRaceCentral.com**