Quick field has Team Summit hungry for Sunday at the Summit Racing Nationals

13th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals
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NORWALK, Ohio (June 22, 2019) – The 13th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals is an event that drivers look forward to all season long, especially the Summit Racing Pro Stock team. Drivers Greg Anderson and Jason Line secured their positions in the top half of the field at an event where the No. 1 qualifier is just a handful of thousandths of a second ahead of the No. 6 seed heading into Sunday.

Anderson, driving the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, is the driver sitting sixth in the line-up.

“We missed it a little bit and shook the tires in Q3. You hate to ever lose a run in qualifying, because you learn every session – but we recovered and made a good lap there in that final qualifying round,” said Anderson, who recorded a best time of 6.562-second at 209.26 mph and scooped up a bonus point* in qualifying. He will race KB Racing-powered Fernando Cuadra in round one.

“We’ll have a little weather change tomorrow, so we knew we’d have to do things a little different then anyway,” he continued. “The crazy thing is that the top six cars are separated by three-thousandths of a second. We were scraping for those thousandths of a second trying to get the pole, and we ended up sixth. We didn’t get the break we needed, but my Summit Racing Chevy is a fast car.

“My teammate’s Summit Racing Chevy Camaro is a fast car, and under these tents over here at KB Racing, we have a whole bunch of them that are capable of winning the race. It’s going to be a fun day tomorrow.”

Line, wheeling the silver Summit Racing Chevy, clocked a best time of 6.560, 210.57 that came with three bonus points and the No. 4 position.

“You have to be perfect out there, because the cars are all very close right now,” said Line, who will race Val Smeland in round one. “Pro Stock is tough, but that’s what makes it fun. We want to put a Summit Racing Chevy Camaro in the winner’s circle tomorrow for Summit Racing, and we are very capable of making that happen. The racetrack is good from the starting line all the way down the track, so we should be able to go out there and race fast tomorrow.”

Teammate Bo Butner, whose Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro is powered by KB Racing, landed in the No. 10 position on a 6.574, 210.14. He is slated for a first-round meeting with Cuadra’s son, another KB Racing campaigner, Fernando Cuadra Jr.

Butner is also competing in the SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown in his Summit Racing-branded Cobra Jet Mustang. There, he is the No. 3 qualifier with a killer 7.879, 179.79. He’ll race Arthur Kohn in round one.

“I’m excited for tomorrow, because I have two chances to get a trophy, one of them with our Summit Racing Cobra Jet Mustang,” said Butner. “That Factory Stock Showdown car has been awesome almost every run. We’ve struggled a little bit with our Pro Stock car, but those guys over there know what they’re doing. Anyone can win it, and I’ve had some luck here before – maybe tomorrow we can do it again.”

Final eliminations for the 13th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals are set for Sunday at 11am ET at Summit Motorsports Park.

*Bonus points are awarded in each qualifying session to the top three quickest cars, with the quickest of the round awarded three, second quickest gets two, and third quickest is awarded one additional point.

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Final qualifying position: No. 4
Q1: 6.583-second at 209.92 mph (No. 4)
Q2: 6.562, 210.18 (No. 5)
Q3: 6.560, 210.57 (No. 4, +3 bonus points)
Q4: 6.576, 210.83 (No. 4)

First round opponent: Val Smeland

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Final qualifying position: No. 6
Q1: 6.605-second at 210.37 mph (No. 7)
Q2: 6.562, 209.26 (No. 6)
Q3: 17.046, 56.09 (No. 6)
Q4: 6.573, 209.39 (No. 6, +1 bonus point)

First round opponent: Fernando Cuadra

Bo Butner
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Final qualifying position: No. 6
Q1: 6.613-second at 210.44 mph (No. 9)
Q2: 6.583, 210.44 (No. 10)
Q3: 15.575, 53.85 (No. 10)
Q4: 6.574, 210.14 (No. 10, +1 bonus point)

First round opponent: Fernando Cuadra Jr.

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals qualifying, race 7 of 18)

1. Bo Butner (4), 631
2. Alex Laughlin, 463
3. Jason Line, 428
4. Erica Enders, 427
5. Greg Anderson, 425
6. Matt Hartford, 421
7. Deric Kramer (1), 402
8. Jeg Coughlin (1), 365
9. Rodger Brogdon, 320
10. Chris McGaha, 310

Race Info
13th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals
Summit Motorsports Park
Norwalk, Ohio
June 21-23, 2019

Summit Motorsports Park Track Records
Top Fuel
Doug Kalitta, 3.709 (2017); Clay Millican, 332.67 (2018)
Funny Car
Matt Hagan, 3.865 (2017); Robert Hight, 334.65 (2017)
Pro Stock
Erica Enders, 6.523 (2014); Enders, 212.63 (2014)
Pro Stock Motorcycle
Eddie Krawiec, 6.822 (2016); Hector Arana Jr., 197.36 (2017)

Run Schedule (all times local)
Sunday, June 23
10:00 a.m. – Pre-race ceremonies
11:00 a.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro eliminations begin,
eliminations for all categories continue

#NHRAonFOX Television Schedule (all times ET)
Finals / Sunday – 6:30-8:30 PM ET / FS1
Bonus Coverage / Tuesday – 7-8 PM ET / FS1

Join the conversation by using @SummitRacing #NorwalkNats on social media

**Full results posted at DragRaceCentral.com**

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