Team Summit Pre-Race Package: Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals

Photo credit: Auto Imagery

KB Racing, Pro Stock race 12 of 18

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

Event-Specific Notes:
• Greg Anderson, driver of the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, reached his first Pro Stock final round at the U.S. Nationals in 1999. He was runner-up to Warren Johnson.
• Anderson’s six Indy wins exceed the victory tally of any other currently competing professional driver
• The Summit Racing campaigner is tied for second in all-time U.S. Nationals Pro Stock wins with Warren Johnson (Bob Glidden leads with nine)

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 multi-time champion 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 157 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 at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals
6 wins in 9 final rounds
Runner-up 1999* (Warren Johnson)
Won 2001 (defeated Mark Osborne)
Won 2003 (defeated Kurt Johnson)
Won 2004 (defeated Kenny Koretsky)
Won 2005 (defeated Richie Stevens Jr.)
Won 2006 (defeated Dave Connolly)
Runner-up 2007 (Connolly)
Won 2011 (defeated Jason Line)
Runner-up 2017 (Drew Skillman)
No. 1 in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2015, 2017
Last year: Qualified No. 2; second round

*Anderson’s first career final round

Anderson’s career stats through 2019 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd
(most recent Pro Stock event)
4-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2003-05, 2010)
463 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:
“You’d like to be the No. 1 seed going into the Countdown to the Championship, and it’s certainly possible. We fell off the horse a little bit there in Brainerd with my red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, but Indy is very special for us. It’s been a very good race for me, and I love it there, I just love it. None of the magic of Indy is lost for me, so this is a big one. It’s one I look forward to all year, and to do well there and close out the regular season on a high note means everything.”

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS5
Current points position: No. 4

Event-Specific Notes:
• Jason Line, driver of the silver Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro, will be competing in Pro Stock, as usual, and will also race his ’70 Buick GS in Stock Eliminator
• The Wright, Minn., native is the most recent winner on the tour; two weeks ago he claimed the trophy in Brainerd at his home track
• Line holds the Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis Pro Stock track record for elapsed time at 6.538-second, set in 2011
• Line has won at all but four racetracks on the current NHRA tour (Epping, Denver, Indianapolis, St. Louis)

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 this season. It is the third most of any active driver in the category.
• The Mooresville, N.C.-based drag racer has 51 national event wins on his scorecard: 49 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 at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals
1 final round
Runner-up 2011 (Greg Anderson)
No. 1 in 2011, 2014
Last year: Qualified No. 9; second round

Line’s career stats through 2019 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd
(most recent Pro Stock event)
3-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2006, 2011, 2016)
1993 NHRA Stock Eliminator champion
367 Pro Stock races
49 Pro Stock wins
51 overall wins, including NHRA Sportsman and Professional categories
(2 Stock Eliminator, 49 Pro Stock)
52 runner-up finishes
101 Pro Stock final rounds
103 overall final rounds, including NHRA Sportsman and Professional competition
(2 Stock Eliminator, 101 Pro Stock)
55 Pro Stock No. 1 qualifier awards
Career best e.t.: 6.455
Career best speed: 215.17

Quote:
“You’d like to think that the momentum could carry on into the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, but the truth is that one little event can change everything. It’s a tough sport, and right now, everybody is so equal – there is no margin for error. You have to have a little bit of luck as well, and I had that in Brainerd. You just hope that carries on. But all of that is what makes it so special when you win. It’s a big deal going to Indy with at least one win for the season. We might not be able to get into the Countdown in the top spot, but you want to be near the top. That’s what we’re aiming for.”

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

Event-Specific Notes:
• The Floyds Knobs, Indiana, native considers the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals his home race
• Butner, flying the Summit Racing colors, will also compete in the SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown at the U.S. Nationals in his 2019 Cobra Jet Mustang
• Butner was the winner of the very first Factory Stock Showdown, which took placed in Indy at the U.S. Nationals in 2012. Although it was won at a national event, it was then considered an exhibition and was not officially deemed a national event win.
• He has four previous FSS wins, including the 2015 trophy in Gainesville, and has been to the final round at two FSS events this season. Once considered an exhibition, the FSS is now considered an official NHRA class; if Butner should win a Factory Stock Showdown trophy, it would be the seventh category in which he will have scored a national event win.
• Butner reached the Comp Eliminator final round there at Lucas Oil Raceway in 2004 and was runner-up to David Rampy
• In 2016, Butner was the Pro Stock No. 1 qualifier in Indy
• The successful and diverse Sportsman competitor won Super Gas in Sonoma this season in his very first race in the category and was runner-up in Brainerd two weeks ago. Last weekend, Butner was runner-up in Super Gas at the divisional event in Bowling Green, Ky. He now has national event wins in six different categories (Pro Stock, Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Super Stre4et, and Super Gas).

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 at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals
Runner-up Comp Eliminator 2004 (David Rampy)
No. 1 qualifier Pro Stock 2016
Last year: Qualified No. 3; semifinals

Butner’s career stats through 2019 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd
(most recent Pro Stock event)
2017 NHRA Pro Stock champion
2006 Competition Eliminator champion
100 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)
55 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, 2 Super Gas)
Career best e.t.: 6.475
Career best speed: 214.28

Quote:
“We’ve been having a lot of fun lately with the Super Gas car, but in Indy I get to get back in the Factory Stock Showdown car, and that’s something I’ve really been looking forward to. This is our home track, and to get a win – or maybe even double up with the Showdown car and the Pro Stock Camaro – would just be awesome. It’s something you dream of, but it’s going to take a lot of work and a lot of luck. I’m confident, like always, but a win here would be very special for us.”

Butner’s 2019 SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown results:
Gainesville: did not qualify
Charlotte: No. 2 qualifier, final round
Richmond: No. 1 qualifier, final round
Topeka: No. 2 qualifier, semifinals
Norwalk: No. 3 qualifier, semifinals

2019 Factory Stock Showdown Championship Standings
(after the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, race 5 of 8)

1. Drew Skillman, 447
2. Bo Butner, 358
3. Bill Skillman, 335
4. Stephen Bell, 280
5. David Barton, 274
6. Chris Holbrook, 253
7. Arthur Kohn, 244
8. Randy Taylor, 230
9. Kevin Skinner, 228
10. Scott Libersher, 220
11. Ryan Priddy, 176
12. Leah Pritchett, 163
13. Pete Gasko Jr., 149
14. David Janac, 139
15. Carl Tasca, 122

2019 SCHOOL OF AUTOMOTIVE MACHINISTS & TECHNOLOGY SCHEDULE
March 14-17 Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, Gainesville, Fla.
April 26-28 NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, Charlotte, N.C.
May 17-19 Virginia NHRA Nationals, Richmond, Va.
June 7-9 Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals, Topeka, Kan.
June 20-23 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, Norwalk, Ohio
Aug. 28-Sept. 2 Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis
Sept. 27-29 AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, St. Louis
Oct. 17-20 AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, Dallas

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

1. Bo Butner (4), 874*
2. Greg Anderson (2), 802*
3. Alex Laughlin, 794*
4. Jason Line (1), 774*
5. Matt Hartford (1), 753*
6. Deric Kramer (1), 709*
7. Erica Enders, 697*
8. Jeg Coughlin (1), 663*
9. Chris McGaha (1), 581*
10. Kenny Delco, 363
11. Fernando Cuadra, 360

*Clinched birth in Countdown to the Championship

Race Info
65th Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals
Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianolis
Brownsburg, Indiana
August 28 – September 2, 2019

Run Schedule (all times local)
Wednesday, August 28
8:00 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman qualifying and time trials begin
(Super Stock, Stock, Super Gas, Super Comp only)

Thursday, August 29
8:00 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman qualifying and time trials continue
(Super Stock, Stock, Super Gas, Super Comp, Top Dragster, Top Sportsman, Comp)

Friday, August 30
8:00 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations begin, including Hemi Challenge
5:45 p.m. – Factory Stock Showdown qualifying session 1
7:15 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 1

Saturday, August 31
8:00 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations continue
12:00 p.m. – Factory Stock Showdown qualifying session 2
1:15 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 2
3:20 p.m. – Factory Stock Showdown qualifying session 3
4:15 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 3
6:40 p.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations continue

Sunday, September 1
8:00 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations continue
12:30 p.m. – Factory Stock Showdown round 1
1:15 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Qualifying session 4
3:20 p.m. – Factory Stock Showdown round 2
4:15 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Qualifying session 5
6:45 p.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations continue

Monday, September 2
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 – 2-4 PM ET / FS1
Qualifying / Sunday – 4-6 PM ET / FS1 / LIVE
Finals / Monday – 11 AM-1 PM ET / FS1 /LIVE
Finals / Monday – 1-4 PM ET / FOX / LIVE

Event tags, hashtags: @TeamChevy #USNats and #BigGo

**Full results at DragRaceCentral.com**

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