Team Summit Pre-Race Package NHRA Denver

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2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
NHRA Mile-High Nationals
KB Racing, Pro Stock race 8 of 18

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS7
Current points position: No. 4

Event-Specific Notes:
• The driver of the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro is perfect in previous Mile-High Nationals final rounds and won Denver in 2004, 2008, and 2018.
• The defending event champion is the only active Pro Stock driver to have won on the mountain three times
• Last season, Anderson defeated Summit Racing teammate Jason Line in the Denver final. Overall, the two Summit Racing drivers have raced one another in the Pro Stock trophy round 37 times. Anderson has 21 wins to Line’s 16 in all-team finals.
• Anderson is one of just two currently competing full time Pro Stock drivers to have won Denver more than once
• The Mooresville, N.C., resident is the only Pro Stock driver to have ever swept the Western Swing by winning Denver, Sonoma, and Seattle. He accomplished the feat in 2004. Only seven Mello Yello Series and one Lucas Oil Series drivers have ever done it.

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 154 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 Denver
3 wins in 3 final rounds
Won 2018 (defeated Jason Line)
Won 2008 (defeated Allen Johnson)
Won 2004 (defeated Larry Morgan)
No. 1 in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008
Last year: Qualified No. 2; won event

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

Quotes:
“We left Norwalk a few weeks ago knowing our Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaros were fast. Unfortunately, things haven’t happened as we thought they would yet, but our focus is on performing at these next three races and coming home with a great reward. We all want that trophy, and this is a three-in-a-row opportunity to do it.”

“Denver is a tough nut to crack, but we’ve done it before, and we have every reason to believe we can do it again. We’ve had some time to prepare for this stretch out West. Hopefully, we’ll start the second half of the season even stronger than we started the first.”

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS5
Current points position: No. 3

Event-Specific Notes:
• Jason Line has won at all but five racetracks on the current NHRA tour (Virginia, Epping, Denver, Indianapolis, St. Louis)
• He has three previous final rounds in Denver

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 50 national event wins on his scorecard: 48 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 Denver
3 runner-up performances in 3 final rounds
Runner-up 2018 (Greg Anderson)
Runner-up 2009 (Allen Johnson)
Runner-up 2006 (Dave Connolly)
No. 1 in 2006, 2014
Last year: Qualified No. 4; final round

Line’s career stats through 2019 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk
(most recent event)
3-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2006, 2011, 2016)
1993 NHRA Stock Eliminator champion
363 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
102 overall final rounds, including NHRA Sportsman and Professional competition
(2 Stock Eliminator, 100 Pro Stock)
54 Pro Stock No. 1 qualifier awards
Career best e.t.: 6.455
Career best speed: 215.17

Quotes:
“The season really starts now for us, and it’s time to get it done. I’m excited about going back to racing again, and I love going to Denver. It’s a great racetrack, the Bandimere’s run the facility really well, and it’s just a fun place to go. We’ll take our Summit Racing Chevy Camaros up there and try to rub on the tune-up as best we can. The key will be paying attention to details. Hopefully, that will put us up front.”

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

Event-Specific Notes:
• In Denver in 2017, Butner debuted a new Jerry Haas-built Chevrolet Camaro at the Mile-High Nationals and went all the way to the final round

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. KB Racing-powered Deric Kramer won No. 154 for the team in Chicago.
• 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 Denver
1 final round
Runner-up 2017 (Drew Skillman)
Last year: Qualified No. 10; first round

Butner’s career stats through 2019 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk
(most recent event)
2017 NHRA Pro Stock champion
2006 Competition Eliminator champion
96 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

Quotes:
“Denver will be different, it always is, but I look for us to be better on the Western Swing than we were in Norwalk a few weeks ago. Our Pro Stock Chevy Camaro got better along the way, but it wasn’t quite where it should be, and that’s going to change. We’ve got some cool racing ventures still ahead of us this season, but I’d like to get back to the momentum we had going in Pro Stock.”

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), 671
2. Alex Laughlin, 523
3. Jason Line, 448
4. Greg Anderson, 445
5. Matt Hartford, 441
6. Erica Enders, 427
7. Deric Kramer (1), 422
8. Jeg Coughlin (1), 405
9. Chris McGaha (1), 390
10. Rodger Brogdon, 320

Race Info
40th annual NHRA Mile-High Nationals
Bandimere Speedway
Denver, Colorado
July 19-21, 2019

Bandimere Speedway Track Records
Top Fuel
Leah Pritchett, 3.733 (2017); Clay Millican, 327.59 (2018)
Funny Car
Courtney Force, 3.889 (2017); C. Force, 328.30 (2017)
Pro Stock
Allen Johnson, 6.877 (2015); Shane Gray, 201.01 (2015)
Pro Stock Motorcycle
Eddie Krawiec, 7.111 (2018); Hector Arana Jr., 188.86 (2018)

Run Schedule (all times local)
Friday, July 19
10:00 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman qualifying begins
4:15 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 1
7:15 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 2

Saturday, July 20
11:00 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations begin
4:15 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 3
7:15 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 4

Sunday, July 21
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)
Qualifying / Friday – 7-8:30 PM ET / FS1
Qualifying / Sunday – 1-2 PM ET / FS1
Finals / Sunday – 3-6 PM ET / FOX

Join the conversation: #MileHighNats
**Full results posted at DragRaceCentral.com**

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