INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 1, 2019) – Pro Stock qualifying for the 65th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals offered five sessions for drivers to bring their best to the table, and the KB Racing team served up the quickest runs of the weekend so far. Bo Butner, the 2017 Pro Stock champion and driver of the KB Racing-powered Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro, earned his third No. 1 qualifier award of the season and 11th of his career.
Brainerd winner Jason Line, powering the silver Summit Racing Chevy Camaro, claimed 18 bonus points as one of the quickest cars in each session to nab the No. 2 spot. Although Greg Anderson, driver of the red Summit Racing Camaro, has yet to hit the nail on the head with the tune-up for his car, the veteran driver and six-time Indy winner is confident that he and the team can get everything lined up for a successful raceday at the biggest, most historic event of the year.
Butner claimed a total of 10 bonus points and clocked a best time of 6.559-second at 210.28 mph. He will race Kenny Delco in the first round.
“Our Jim Butner Auto Group Chevy Camaro is a very good car that can turn on win lights,” said Butner, who was also the No. 1 qualifier at the U.S. Nationals in 2016 but has yet to win the event. “We’ve tried a lot of stuff throughout the year, but now it’s time to be serious. It’s Countdown to the Championship time, and I really want to win Indy. That would top off my career, and that’s my goal. It’s been fun so far this weekend, but it’ll be more fun tomorrow.”
Butner won the battle for the first Race Star Wheels Low E.T. Pro Stock Bonus, a $2,500 cash prize which will be awarded to the No. 1 qualifier at each of the final seven races of the 2019 season.
“It’s awesome; how cool is it that Race Star cares about the racers like that,” said Butner. “We really appreciate them stepping in and giving us all that incentive to run every qualifier as good as you can. Thank you to Race Star Wheels, and I’m looking forward to hopefully getting a few of those big checks this year.”
As it was in Brainerd when he claimed max points, Line’s Summit Racing Chevy was exceptionally quick. In Indy, he claimed a total of 18 bonus points in qualifying, just two shy of the maximum available. Lined was the provisional pole sitter on Friday night, but his 6.561, 210.64 landed second in the batting order when it was all said and done. He’ll race Shane Tucker in round one.
“I absolutely wanted that Race Star Wheels bonus,” said Line, who still has an Indy win on his to-do list. “We’re a Race Star Wheels car, and it would have been super fitting. But you know, in this class you have to do everything perfect to get it, and I didn’t. My silver Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro is a great hot rod, and I’m super excited about the Chevrolet Performance U.S. nationals tomorrow. I got a lot of bonus qualifying points – almost a full round. That’s pretty good. Since Brainerd, we’ve gotten all but two of the available points. My car is really good right now, it makes it really fun. I’m excited. I just have to drive good, and we have a heck of a good chance to do some damage.”
Anderson’s 6.580, 209.01 was good for the No. 6 position. He will race Fernando Cuadra Jr. in the first round.
“We know this red Summit Racing Chevy Camaro is a good car, but we struggled to make a nice, quality run and get the engine tune-up right in qualifying,” said Anderson. “Unfortunately, we had both those things working against us in qualifying, so we’re disappointed – but tomorrow we have a shot to get it right.
“Not only do I want to go into the Countdown to the Championship as the No. 1 seed, I want to win Indy. I love this race, and winning the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals trophy is what I want to do. I have to make some changes overnight to make that happen, and it’s going to take some work, but we can get it done.”
Eliminations for the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals will begin on Monday at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis at 11 am ET.
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)
Q4: 6.579, 209.26 (No. 2, +4)
Q5: 6.595, 208.84 (No. 2, +3)
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)
Q4: 7.218, 148.53 (No. 6)
Q5: 6.627, 208.10 (No. 6)
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)
Q4: 6.616, 209.82 (No. 1, +2)
Q5: 6.600, 208.33 (No. 1, +2)
2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals qualifying, race 12 of 18)
1. Bo Butner (4), 939*
2. Greg Anderson (2), 854*
3. Alex Laughlin, 847*
4. Jason Line (1), 846*
5. Matt Hartford (1), 809*
6. Erica Enders, 763*
7. Deric Kramer (1), 758*
8. Jeg Coughlin (1), 715*
9. Chris McGaha (1), 630*
10. Kenny Delco, 411
11. Fernando Cuadra, 410
*Clinched berth in NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship
65th Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals
Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianolis
August 28 – September 2, 2019
Run Schedule (all times local)
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)
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**