Team Summit Pre-Race Package NHRA Brainerd

32nd Sonoma NHRA NationalsKB Racing, Pro Stock race 11 of 18

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

Event-Specific Notes:
• Greg Anderson, born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota, is the driver of the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro.
• The driver of the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro won two of the last three events on the tour. Anderson was victorious in Denver and then again in Sonoma to score the 92nd and 93rd Pro Stock trophies of his career. He enters the event No. 2 in the Pro Stock points.
• The KB Racing team has six combined Lucas Oil Nationals trophies. Anderson has three (2003, 2009, 2011), Jason Line has one (in a rain-delayed final round that took place at the U.S. Nationals two weeks later in 2014), and co-crew chief Dave Connolly has two as a driver (2004, 2006).

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 156 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 93 national event wins and is the second-most winning driver of all time in the category (W. Johnson has 97).

Anderson in Brainerd
3 wins in 6 final rounds
Runner-up 2002 (Jeg Coughlin Jr.)
Won 2003 (defeated Kurt Johnson)
Runner-up 2004 (Dave Connolly)
Runner-up 2007 (Coughlin)
Won 2009 (defeated Jason Line)
Won 2011 (defeated Erica Enders)
No. 1 in 2004, 2006, 2008
Last year: Qualified No. 9; semifinals

Anderson’s career stats through 2019 NHRA Northwest Nationals in Seattle
(most recent Pro Stock event)
4-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2003-05, 2010)
462 Pro Stock races
93 wins
63 runner-up finishes
156 overall final rounds
103 No. 1 qualifier awards
Career best e.t.: 6.457
Career best speed: 215.48

Quote:
“Brainerd is a lot like Seattle, and we did a great job there two weeks ago. My Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro was probably the happiest it’s been all year, and that means it’s going to be happy at Brainerd, too. We have a lot of support there, and that is another great help to us. We just made a lot of strides over the Western Swing – racecar-wise, team-wise, Greg Anderson confidence-wise. We made big strides, so I can’t wait to get to the next race.”

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

Event-Specific Notes:
• Wright, Minnesota-native Jason Line, driver of the silver Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro, has one Brainerd win entering this weekend’s event. Of note, however, is that his Lucas Oil Nationals Pro Stock victory was actually earned two weeks after the teams departed Brainerd International Raceway. The 2014 event was completed in Indianapolis due to a weather delay.
• Line’s first career national event win took place in Brainerd in the Stock Eliminator category in 1992. He also won Stock at BIR in 1997.

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 Brainerd
1 win in 5 final rounds
Runner-up 2016 (Drew Skillman)
Runner-up 2015 (Erica Enders)
Won 2014 (defeated Jeg Coughlin Jr.)
Runner-up 2009 (Greg Anderson)
Runner-up 2006 (Dave Connolly)
No. 1 in 2007, 2011
Last year: Qualified No. 7; semifinals

Line’s career stats through 2019 NHRA Northwest Nationals, Seattle
(most recent event)
3-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2006, 2011, 2016)
1993 NHRA Stock Eliminator champion
366 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

Quote:
“Everybody knows I love Brainerd. I don’t know that it loves me back, but I love going there. It’s great to see my family and friends and folks I used to bracket race with 35 years ago. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long, but it’s fun to see everybody, and I always love going back there. I don’t know that I’ll be ‘helping’ anyone this weekend, but I’ll be ‘hindering’ on some Sportsman cars. I always enjoy that part a lot.”

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

Event-Specific Notes:
• Floyds Knobs, Indiana, native Butner won in Brainerd in Competition Eliminator in 2005, the first time he drove a clutch racecar
• This year’s event in Brainerd will be the 100th Pro Stock race of Butner’s career
• The 2017 Pro Stock champion reached the final round there that year to pad his points lead as the Countdown to the Championship came into view

Driver Notes:
• Butner 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 Brainerd
1 final round
Runner-up 2017 (Tanner Gray)
Last year: Qualified No. 4; first round

Butner’s career stats through 2019 NHRA Northwest Nationals, Seattle
(most recent event)
2017 NHRA Pro Stock champion
2006 Competition Eliminator champion
99 races
11 Pro Stock wins
13 Pro Stock runner-up finishes
24 overall Pro Stock final rounds
10 Pro Stock No. 1 qualifier awards
27 overall wins, including NHRA Sportsman competition
(11 Pro stock, 6 Comp Eliminator, 3 Super Stock, 5 Stock Eliminator, 1 Super Street, 1 Super Gas)
54 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, 1 Super Gas)
Career best e.t.: 6.475
Career best speed: 214.28

Quote:
“We’ve run well at Brainerd, so it’s exciting to go there. I ran Comp Eliminator years ago and the week before Brainerd, I decided I was over it and put a five-speed in the car. I had never driven one before, so I went to Bowling Green that Monday before Brainerd with it, let go of the clutch, and it ran good. So we get up there to Brainerd and I win the first race I ever raced with a five-speed. It was a good race, and it was a lot of fun. This year, we just need to win. We’re still. No. 1 in the points, but we haven’t won in a while, and we need to get back to that.”

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

1. Bo Butner (4), 815*
2. Greg Anderson (2), 769
3. Alex Laughlin, 742
4. Matt Hartford (1), 679
5. Jason Line, 644
6. Deric Kramer (1), 632
7. Jeg Coughlin (1), 609
8. Erica Enders, 593
9. Chris McGaha (1), 529
10. Kenny Delco, 331
11. Fernando Cuadra, 327

*Clinched berth in NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship

Race Info
38th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals
Brainerd International Raceway
Brainerd, Minnesota
August 15-18, 2019

Run Schedule (all times local)
Thursday, August 15
9:30 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman qualifying and time trials begin

Friday, August 16
9:15 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations begin
2:30 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 1
5:30 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 2

Saturday, August 17
9:30 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations continue
1:30 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 3
4:30 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 4

Sunday, August 18
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 – 7-9 PM ET / FS1
Qualifying / Saturday – 11 PM-12 AM ET / FS1
Finals / Sunday – 2-5 PM ET / FS1

Join the conversation: #BrainerdNats

**Full results at DragRaceCentral.com**

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