KB Racing retains provisional pole, Butner on top at U.S. Nationals

1914-004593INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 31, 2019) – The battle for the first Race Star Wheels Pro Stock No. 1 qualifier award is well underway at the 65th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals. Jason Line, driver of the silver Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro and the first to campaign Race Star Wheels on his Pro Stocker, scored the provisional pole on the first day of qualifying. On day two, though, KB Racing teammate Bo Butner snatched it.

Sunday at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis will provide two more qualifying rounds before the field is set, the No. 1 spot is decided, and the Race Star Wheels bonus is secured.

“I’ve had the car for weeks now, I just haven’t driven it well. I think I drove decent that time,” said Butner, following his 6.559-second pass at 210.28 mph that moved him into the top spot, bumping Line’s 6.561 at top speed 210.64 down to second.

In addition to vaulting to the provisional No. 1, Butner also scooped up four bonus points in the third session to go along with the two he earned on the first day of Pro Stock racing at Indy. The Pro Stock points leader and 2017 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world champion is eager to finish the regular season on a strong note and start the Countdown to the Championship on solid footing.

The underlying vibe at the historic U.S. Nationals, of course, is one of reverence, and something Butner feels each time he competes at the racetrack that is just three hours from his home in Floyds Knobs, Ind.

“I’m just happy to have the chance to race at the U.S. Nationals,” he said. “The more you sit and think about it, the more goosebumps you get. It’s pretty cool.”

Butner, who has never won a U.S. Nationals trophy, will have two shots to claim one. He is also racing in the SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown, a specialty series that takes place during select NHRA national events. The competition showcases the drag-racing ready, factory-built vehicles produced by Detroit’s Big Three by way of the Ford Mustang Cobra Jet, the Dodge Challenger Drag Pak, and Chevrolet’s COPO Camaro.

“That Pro Stock run there, I didn’t have my normal crew chief, Darrel Herron,” Butner stated. “He’s on his way down to Floyds Knobs right now – it’ll be six hours round-trip – to change our Factory Stock Showdown motor out so I can have it for the first-round tomorrow. We’ll be competitive then. We made a little mistake tuning on the shootout car, but it’ll be good. It’s going to pull big wheelies, and that car is always fun to drive.”

Butner and his Herron-built Summit Racing Cobra Jet Mustang will square off with Leah Pritchett in the first round of eliminations for the Factory Stock Showdown.

Qualifying for Pro Stock at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals continues on Sunday at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis with sessions scheduled at 1:15 and 4:15 pm ET. Round one of the SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown is scheduled to take place after Pro qualifying has concluded.

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Q1: 6.570-second at 209.62 mph (No. 1, +4 bonus points)
Q2: 6.570, 210.01 (No. 1, +4)
Q3: 6.561, 210.64 (No. 2, +3)

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Q1: 6.611-second at 207.94 mph (No. 8)
Q2: 6.594, 209.36 (No. 9)
Q3: 6.580, 209.01 (No. 6)

Bo Butner
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Q1: 6.592-second at 209.95 mph (No. 3, +2 bonus points)
Q2: 6.599, 208.71 (No. 7)
Q3: 6.559, 210.28 (No. 1, +4)

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 berth in NHRA Mello Yello 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)
Sunday, September 1
7:45 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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