Team Summit withstands heat, heads into Sunday confident at NHRA Sonoma

32nd Sonoma NHRA Nationals
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Sonoma, Calif. (July 27, 2019) – California’s wine country is stunning, but in the dead of summer, it can be blazing hot. Saturday in Sonoma lived up to expectations, and for Team Summit, the weather wasn’t a blocker. Greg Anderson, driving the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, qualified in the No. 6 position, while teammate Jason Line wheeled the silver Summit Racing Chevy to the No. 7 spot. Line was quickest in the final session to end qualifying on a high note.

“My Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro is much better than it shows; I just did a lousy job of driving in the good qualifying session – otherwise, we would have been up there,” said Line, who clocked a 6.551-second pass at 211.13 mph in the fast Friday session. “This Camaro is really good, actually, so I’m excited. We have a good car tomorrow.”

Line, a three-time Sonoma Raceway winner, will square off with Richard Freeman in the opening act. Anderson, who has won Sonoma five times – more than any other active Pro Stock driver – will be looking for a repeat of last weekend in Denver, when he won the race. Anderson will begin his march to the final round with a first-round match with Kenny Delco.

“I’m a little disappointed I didn’t get off to a better start here, but I’m gaining on it, and the weather should be close tomorrow to what it was today,” said Anderson, who’s best pass of qualifying was also recorded in the Friday night round. He went 6.546, 208.55.

“We all have a tune-up for tomorrow now. There are a lot of good cars, and I think I’m going to be one of them. We’ll see if we can execute like we did last weekend. We’re on schedule for it.”

Bo Butner, driving the Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro, was also strong in Friday qualifying with a 6.534, 211.13. He scored the No. 4 spot and an opening-act meeting with Steve Matusek. In the final session of qualifying, Butner was second-quickest of the round with a 6.592, 209.65 that was only bested by Line.

“I’m happy with the Pro Stock Chevy Camaro,” said Butner. “That last round, that was good. We seem to have our car back from Virginia, when we won. It’s making good runs, and I think I’m doing a better job driving. It’s going to be fun tomorrow, but it’s going to be tough. I’m excited.”

Butner has double the reason to be eager for Sunday in Sonoma as he is also competing in Super Gas, one of the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Sportsman classes that run at NHRA national events. It is the first time Butner has raced in Super Gas, although he has national event wins in four other Sportsman categories.

“The Super Gas car is a very good car with a lot of history. It actually came from my neck of the woods, and then I purchased it from Aaron Kinard [who finished No. 2 in Super Gas national points last year],” said Butner. “It’s fun, but there is a lot of luck involved, and you just have to do your job. It’s competitive. But I love these Sportsman guys. I’ve got such a responsive, ‘hey man, we’re happy you’re here, what do you think, do you like it?’ It’s been really cool.

“I’ve got [Sportsman standouts] Kyle Seipel, Pete Biondo, Justin Lamb, and so many people helping us, and of course Aaron [Kinard] is calling every run. He’s pumped up, and I’m sure he misses the car. It could be him sitting there.”

Butner won his first three rounds of Super Gas eliminations on Saturday, and on Sunday he will have a bye run into the semifinals.

“Both of these classes are so competitive. We’re talking thousandths in both of them,” said Butner. “We don’t lift in the Pro Stock car, but we have to lift in the Super Gas car. I’m excited for tomorrow. It’s going to be fun.”

Final eliminations for the NHRA Sonoma Nationals will begin at 11am PST.

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Q1: 6.566-second at 210.11 mph (No. 5)
Q2: 6.546, 208.55 (No. 6)
Q3: 6.568, 209.65 (No. 6)
Q4: 6.611, 207.85 (No. 6)

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Q1: 6.557-second at 210.83 mph (No. 2, +2 bonus points)
Q2: 6.551, 211.13 (No. 7)
Q3: 6.567, 210.44 (No. 7, +1)
Q4: 6.582, 209.43 (No. 7)

Bo Butner
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Q1: 6.568-second at 210.64 mph (No. 7)
Q2: 6.534, 211.13 (No. 4)
Q3: 6.572, 210.11 (No. 4)
Q4: 6.592, 209.65 (No. 4, +2)

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)
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 / Sunday – 2:30-3:30 PM ET / FS1
Finals / Sunday – 5-7 PM ET / FOX
PS & PSM Show / Sunday – 10-11p ET / FS1

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