Team Summit Pre-Race Package NHRA Sonoma

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2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
NHRA Sonoma Nationals
KB Racing, Pro Stock race 9 of 18

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS7
Current points position: No. 2

Event-Specific Notes:
• The driver of the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro is the most recent winner on the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour. Anderson was victorious in Denver last weekend and earned the 92nd Pro Stock trophy of his career.
• Anderson’s five Sonoma Raceway wins top the successes of all other Pro Stock drivers there. He is one of just three drivers across all Pro categories to have five or more national event wins in California wine country (John Force has 8 in Funny Car, Doug Kalitta has five in Top Fuel)
• 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 155 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 92 national event wins and is the second-most winning driver of all time in the category (W. Johnson has 97).

Anderson in Sonoma
5 wins in 9 final rounds
Won in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2016
Runner-up in 2002, 2003, 2009, 2012
No. 1 in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2018
Last year: Qualified No. 1; semifinals

Anderson’s career stats through 2019 NHRA Mile-High Nationals in Denver
(most recent Pro Stock event)
4-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2003-05, 2010)
460 Pro Stock races
92 wins
62 runner-up finishes
154 overall final rounds
103 No. 1 qualifier awards
Career best e.t.: 6.457
Career best speed: 215.48

Quotes:
“Sonoma Raceway is one of my favorite racetracks, and I’m excited to see if we can get the job done again this weekend. We got off to a slow start this year, but we got that break in the schedule, and it seems like that gave Team Summit a chance to make a gain. All of our Chevy Camaros are strong in the KB Racing camp, they’re all capable of winning every race we go to nowadays, so we’re pretty happy with that. It’s going to be an exciting rest of the season.”

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS5
Current points position: No. 5

Event-Specific Notes:
• Jason Line, driver of the silver Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro, has three wins in Sonoma entering this weekend’s event. Only one currently competing Pro Stock driver has more – his KB Racing teammate Greg Anderson.

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 Sonoma
3 wins in 5 final rounds
Won in 2006, 2009, 2014
Runner-up in 2007, 2010
Last year: Qualified No. 2; semifinals

Line’s career stats through 2019 NHRA Mile-High Nationals in Denver
(most recent event)
3-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2006, 2011, 2016)
1993 NHRA Stock Eliminator champion
364 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:
“I like Sonoma, it’s been a good place for me, somewhere I’ve won a few times. I beat V. Gaines there once in the final, and that was a lot of fun. We had some issues in Denver with my car, but those have been addressed, and our Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaros are ready. We have very capable racecars right now, and Greg showed that last weekend. We plan to keep it going.”

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

Event-Specific Notes:
• Bo Butner reached the Pro Stock final round in Sonoma in both 2016 and 2017
• Butner will race Super Gas for the first time in a roadster that he purchased from West Coast racer Aaron Kinard. It is the same equipment in which Kinard finished No. 2 in the nation last season.

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.
• 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 Sonoma
2 final rounds
Runner-up 2017 (Tanner Gray)
Runner-up in 2016 (Greg Anderson)
No. 1 in 2016
Last year: Qualified No. 4; first round

Butner’s career stats through 2019 NHRA Mile-High Nationals in Denver
(most recent event)
2017 NHRA Pro Stock champion
2006 Competition Eliminator champion
97 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 on Pro Stock:
“We’ll be racing Pro Stock at every race from here on out, and that’s good. I’m happy with our car, even though it didn’t show itself one run in Denver. We were on a great roll at the beginning of the year, so maybe now that we’ll be back at it for the rest of the year, we can get on another roll. I want to be good from Indy on.”

Quotes on Super Gas:
“This is a new venture in life. I’ve been wanting to do some more bracket racing – some of my friends put on big bracket races, and I want to be part of it. So, I bought, kind of, a whole team from a guy out in L.A., and we’re going to run one of his cars in Sonoma. We’ll try it. I have no clue what I’m doing, but hopefully, I’ll learn and we’ll go from there.

“I’ve never driven a roadster in my life. The first time I’ll be in the car is for the first time-trial. I know this is a very good car, and I have a lot of people helping me: Justin Lamb, Kyle Seipel, Jimmy DeFrank. They’re all happy for me because we have fun racing together. This is still fun for us.

“It’s the same Tree we hit in Pro Stock, and I want to study and be better. Whatever I can do to see the Tree as many times as I can.”

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals, race 8 of 18)

1. Bo Butner (4), 704
2. Greg Anderson (1), 561
3. Alex Laughlin, 554
4. Matt Hartford, 538
5. Jason Line, 503
6. Deric Kramer (1), 499
7. Jeg Coughlin (1), 484
8. Erica Enders, 480
9. Chris McGaha (1), 424
10. Rodger Brogdon, 320

Race Info
32nd annual Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals
Sonoma Raceway
Sonoma, California
July 26-28, 2019

Sonoma Raceway Track Records
Top Fuel
Leah Pritchett, 3.669 (2017); Clay Millican, 332.75 (2018)
Funny Car
Robert Hight, 3.807 (2017); Hight, 339.87 (2017)
Pro Stock
Chris McGaha, 6.499 (2015); Shane Gray, 213.00 (2015)
Pro Stock Motorcycle
Angelle Sampey, 6.730 (2018); Hector Arana Jr., 200.35 (2018)

Run Schedule (all times local)
Friday, July 26
9:30 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman qualifying and time trials begin
4:00 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 1
7:00 p.m. – Pro Stock qualifying session 2
8:00 p.m. – Funny Car and Top Fuel qualifying session 2

Saturday, July 27
9:15 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations begin
1:20 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 3
4:20 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 4

Sunday, July 28
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 Schedule (all times ET)
Qualifying / Friday – 7-8 PM ET / FS1
Qualifying / Sunday – 2:30-3:30 PM ET / FS1
Finals / Sunday – 5-7 PM ET / FOX
PS & PSM Show / Sunday – 10-11p ET / FS1

#SonomaNats
**Results posted on DragRaceCentral.com**

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