Team Summit heads into Sunday in Seattle with fast Chevys and a chance to ‘sweep the Swing’

32nd Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals

Photo credit: Auto Imagery

KENT, Wash. (Aug. 3, 2019) – The final race of three in a row out West has teed up Team Summit for a very unique opportunity. Greg Anderson, driver of the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, has won both of the previous two events. On Sunday in Seattle, he will have the chance to seal the deal and sweep the Swing, a feat he is the only Pro Stock driver to have ever before accomplished, and something only seven drivers overall have done.

Anderson, a three-time winner at Pacific Raceways who swept the swing in 2004, will be seeking the 94th win of his career at the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals. Starting from the No. 6 position on a best time of 6.558-second at 209.52 mph, he will step into the challenge with a first-round meeting with KB Racing-powered Fernando Cuadra Jr.

“My Summit Racing Chevy Camaro is making real smooth runs, but I’m still trying to find a happy engine tune-up for this weekend,” said Anderson, who entered the event No. 2 in the Pro Stock points. “I’ve missed so far, but I’m confident I’ll get it Sunday. I’m excited about what could happen tomorrow. It’s a fun opportunity, and it brings a little extra drama to the race and to the class. It gets my heart started, and I need that. I’m good with the pressure.

“The racetrack is going to be hotter tomorrow, so that’s going to throw everyone a curve. There are a lot of variables and things that can happen, but I like our chances.”

Jason Line, driving the silver Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, was the leader in the KB Racing camp, picking up a total of seven bonus points in qualifying and scoring at least one each session as one of the top three quickest cars. He will start from the No. 4 position with a qualifying-best 6.547, 210.57. The three-time Seattle victor will race Val Smeland in round one.

“I have a fast racecar,” said Line, who recorded top speed of qualifying at 211.83 mph and was one of just four cars to eclipse 211. All four of the fastest cars, in terms of speed, reside in the KB Racing camp. Joining Line in the 211+ mph zone are Deric Kramer (211.10), Fernando Cuadra Sr. (211.16), and Bo Butner (211.03).

“The silver Summit Racing Camaro definitely has a chance tomorrow, and that’s exciting,” said Line. “My teammate has a shot at sweeping the Western Swing, and if he isn’t the one in the winner’s circle at the end of the day, hopefully it’s still a sweep for Summit Racing. All of the KB Racing Chevrolets are fast, and it’s just going to come down to who executes the best and makes the right call.”

The Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro driven by Butner was also quick enough to earn a bonus point in qualifying. Butner’s best run so far this weekend was 6.560, 210.97, and it came with a start from the No. 8 spot. He’ll square off with Matt Hartford in round one.

“All of the KB Racing Chevy Camaros are really good right now. Somebody is going to have to beat somebody up tomorrow, but our Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet is good,” said Butner. “I always say, if you can’t be No. 1 day one, be in the three or four Q4 – and we were. That’s really good for raceday.”

Final eliminations for the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals will begin at 11am PST at Pacific Raceways.

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Qualifying results:
Q1: 6.582-second at 209.62 mph (No. 9)
Q2: 6.558, 209.52 (No. 6)
Q3: 6.565, 210.18 (No. 6)
Q4: 6.562, 210.24 (No. 6)

Final qualifying position: No. 6
First round opponent: Fernando Cuadra Jr.

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Qualifying results:
Q1: 6.547-second at 210.57 mph (No. 3, +1 bonus points)
Q2: 6.548, 210.28 (No. 4, +1)
Q3: 6.550, 211.83 (No. 4, +2)
Q4: 6.549, 210.97 (No. 4, +3)

Final qualifying position: No. 4
First round opponent: Val Smeland

Bo Butner
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Qualifying results:
Q1: 6.582-second at 209.23 mph (No. 10)
Q2: 6.564, 209.92 (No. 8)
Q3: 6.573, 211.03 (No. 8)
Q4: 6.560, 210.97 (No. 8, +1)

Final qualifying position: No. 8
First round opponent: Matt Hartford

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after NHRA Northwest Nationals qualifying, race 10 of 18)

1. Bo Butner (4), 815*
2. Greg Anderson (2), 709
3. Alex Laughlin, 702
4. Jason Line, 624
5. Matt Hartford, 599
6. Deric Kramer (1), 592
7. Jeg Coughlin (1), 589
8. Erica Enders, 573
9. Chris McGaha (1), 509
10. Kenny Delco, 331
11. Fernando Cuadra, 327

Race Info
31st annual Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals
Pacific Raceways
Kent, Washington
August 2-4, 2019

Pacific Raceways Track Records
Top Fuel
Antron Brown, 3.685 (2016); Steve Torrence, 331.61 (2018)
Funny Car
Del Worsham, 3.832 (2016); Jack Beckman, 334.15 (2016)
Pro Stock
Chris McGaha, 6.488 (2015); McGaha, 213.40 (2015)

Run Schedule (all times local)
Sunday, August 4
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)
Finals / Sunday – 4-7 PM ET / FOX

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

 

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