Line secures third No. 1 at home track, 55th of career with NHRA Brainerd pole

38th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

Photo credit: Auto Imagery

BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 17, 2019) – This weekend’s Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway (BIR) has so far gone according to plan for Jason Line and the silver Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro. Line, who is a native of Wright, Minnesota, and considers BIR his home track, had the quickest Pro Stock car in each of the four qualifying sessions. His best time of 6.606-second at 207.27 mph locked him into the 55th No. 1 qualifier award of his career and third at the facility where he grew up bracket racing.

“It happens sometimes, for whatever reason, that a car is super happy at a particular place. Apparently, mine thinks this is home – it’s very happy here,” said Line, who scooped up maximum bonus qualifying points as the top car every time they were called forward.

“My Summit Racing Chevy is really good. It’s certainly the best car I’ve had in years,” said Line. “We’ve made four really good runs, and that’s not always easy to do. There are a lot of good cars, but being able to have the quickest car in four sessions, in today’s Pro Stock that’s no small feat. It’s been really good, very predictable, and it’s been doing what we ask it to do, so that’s a good thing.”

Line, No. 5 in the Pro Stock standings, appreciates the boost of confidence heading into Sunday, when he will kick off eliminations with a first-round meeting with KB Racing-powered Wally Stroupe. Technically, Line has a Lucas Oil Nationals win on his scorecard – but it didn’t occur at BIR. Due to bad weather, the 2014 final round was delayed two weeks and run during qualifying for the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis.

“I would just like to win Pro Stock here,” stated the 48-time Pro Stock winner and two-time Stock Eliminator national event victor. “It would be fun and something to enjoy with my friends and family all together. That’s a rare thing in our sport, so I think that would be cool.”

Line’s teammate, fellow Minnesotan Greg Anderson, driver of the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, didn’t have quite as smooth sailing in qualifying, but he is confident that his car will come around on Sunday. Anderson was a finalist in each of the last three races and came home from the Western Swing with two trophies. He is a three-time Brainerd winner and in the hunt for the 94th Pro Stock trophy of his career.

Anderson, No. 2 in the Pro Stock points, will square off with Alex Laughlin in round one.

“I have some work to do. My car just isn’t wanting to run this weekend, and I’ve made a lot of changes, but I’m not finding it yet,” said Anderson, who clocked a best time of 6.641, 205.98. “I’m going to have to change a few more things before first round tomorrow, and hopefully we hit it. Where we are now is not going to cut it.”

Points leader Bo Butner, who wheels his Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro with a KB Racing bullet under the hood, had a racecar that came alive on the second day of qualifying. His best time of 6.624, 207.08 set him up for a start from the No. 3 position and a first-round meeting with Val Smeland. Butner is on the opposite side of the ladder from Line and Anderson.

“I’ve been in a driving slump, and the car has been in a slump,” admitted Butner. “But I drove a little better this weekend, and the Jim Butner Auto Group Chevy Camaro is a lot better, so I feel really good. You like to go into the Countdown to the Championship thinking the car’s still got it and you’re capable, so today was good.”

Final eliminations for the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway will take place on Sunday, beginning at 11am CT.

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Results:
Q1: 6.613-second at 207.46 mph (No. 1, +3 bonus points)
Q2: 6.606, 207.27 (No. 1, +3)
Q3: 6.617, 207.05 (No. 1, +3)
Q4: 6.627, 206.89 (No. 1, +3)

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Results:
Q1: 6.653-second at 206.54 mph (No. 9)
Q2: 6.643, 206.01 (No. 8)
Q3: 6.641, 205.98 (No. 8)
Q4: 6.646, 206.92 (No. 8)

Bo Butner
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Results:
Q1: 6.643-second at 207.53 mph (No. 7)
Q2: 6.633, 206.64 (No. 6)
Q3: 6.624, 207.08 (No. 3, +2 bonus points)
Q4: 6.633, 206.76 (No. 3, +1 bonus point)

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals qualifying, race 11 of 18)

1. Bo Butner (4), 854*
2. Greg Anderson (2), 802*
3. Alex Laughlin, 774*
4. Matt Hartford (1), 713*
5. Jason Line, 694*
6. Deric Kramer (1), 669*
7. Jeg Coughlin (1), 643*
8. Erica Enders, 637*
9. Chris McGaha (1), 561
10. Kenny Delco, 363
11. Fernando Cuadra, 360

*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)
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)
Finals / Sunday – 2-5 PM ET / FS1

#BrainerdNats

**Full results at DragRaceCentral.com**

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