Team Summit Pre-Race Package: NHRA Reading

32nd Sonoma NHRA Nationals

Photo credit: Auto Imagery

Pro Stock race 13 of 18, Countdown to the Championship race 1 of 6

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS7
Current points position: No. 4

Event-Specific Notes:
• Greg Anderson, driver of the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, begins the 2019 NHRA Countdown to the Championship as the No. 4 seed. He is seeking a fifth Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Championship
• Anderson holds the Maple Grove Raceway Pro Stock track record for speed at 214.59 mph, set in October 2015
• The Team Summit driver reached the final round in Reading three of the last four seasons

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’s 103 starts from the No. 1 position is the third-most of any Pro driver ever

Anderson at the NHRA Nationals in Reading
2 wins in 7 final rounds
Runner-up 2017 (Bo Butner)
Runner-up 2016 (Vincent Nobile)
Runner-up 2015 (Chris McGaha)
Runner-up 2010 (Dave Connolly)
Won 2006 (defeated Greg Stanfield)
Won 2005 (defeated Jim Yates)
Runner-up 2004 (Jason Line)
No. 1 in 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008

Last year: Qualified No. 7; semifinals

Anderson’s career stats through 2019 Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis
(most recent event)
4-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2003-05, 2010)
464 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:
“My number one goal going into this race is to be better as a driver. I was off the last several races, I wasn’t cutting the lights I needed to win in this class, and that isn’t going to win any races – let alone a championship. The second thing is that we have to get the red Summit Racing Chevy Camaro a little bit better, too. We had a week off and took full advantage of it, and we feel like we’re ready to start this Countdown off on a positive note. It’s going to be a dogfight for these next six races, and you’re going to have to be on top of your gae in every aspect: the race car, the engine, and the driver. Everything is going to have to be on perfect song, or you’re not going to win. The competition is as stiff as it’s ever been.”

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS5
Current points position: No. 3

Event-Specific Notes:
• Wright, Minnesota-native Jason Line, driver of the silver Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro, enters the 2019 Countdown to the Championship as the No. 3 seed.
• Three-time NHRA Pro Stock world champion Line had the quickest racecar over the past two events. He closed out the regular season with the quickest car in all but two rounds of qualifying and all but three rounds of eliminations over the course of the last two races.
• Over the course of the regular season, Line has claimed low elapsed time twice (nine times overall for KB Racing) and top speed of the event three times (10 times overall for KB Racing)

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 NHRA Nationals in Reading
2 wins in 2 final rounds
Win 2011 (defeated Ronnie Humphrey)
Win 2004 (defeated Greg Anderson)
No. 1 in 2005, 2011, 2012, 2013

Last year: Qualified No. 8; second round

Line’s career stats through 2019 Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis
(most recent event)
3-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2006, 2011, 2016)
1993 NHRA Stock Eliminator champion
368 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:
“Right now, I have the best Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro I’ve had in years. That’s a good feeling going into the Countdown, but you never know. You have to stay on top of things, and you have to be your best if you’re going to make it happen. We didn’t bring the championship home to Ken Black last year, but I like our chances right now. These next six races are going to be tough, and you’re really going to have to earn it. We have a little bit of momentum, though, and hopefully, we can build on that. I’d like to start next year with a big No. 1 on the window.”

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

Event-Specific Notes:
• Bo Butner, the 2017 NHRA Pro Stock world champion, led the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series points throughout the entire regular season. He enters the 2019 NHRA Countdown to the Championship as the No. 1 seed.
• The Floyds Knobs, Indiana, native has four wins in four final rounds so far this year. Overall, he has 11 wins in a total of 101 career Pro Stock races.
• Thus far, 2019 has been a season of recovery for Butner, who won twice in 2018 but suffered 10 first-round losses.
• In addition to his success in Pro Stock in 2019, Butner has won in Super Gas and twice been runner-up in the Factory Stock Showdown to create a scenario in which he has the potential to claim three season championships in one year.
• Butner has three wins in Reading – but they’re all in different classes: Stock Eliminator (2010), Comp (2011), and Pro Stock (2017)

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 won Super Gas in Sonoma this season in his very first race in the category and was runner-up in the class at Brainerd. He was also runner-up in Super Gas at the divisional event in Bowling Green, Ky. Butner currently has national event wins in six different categories (Pro Stock, Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Super Stre4et, and Super Gas).
• Butner has 11 Pro Stock wins on his scorecard

Butner at the NHRA Nationals in Reading
3 wins in 3 final rounds
2010 Won Stock Eliminator (defeated Michael Iacono)
2011 Won Comp Eliminator (defeated Sal Biondo)
2017 Won Pro Stock (defeated Greg Anderson)

Last year: Qualified No. 5; second round

Butner’s career stats through 2019 Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis
(most recent event)
2017 NHRA Pro Stock champion
2006 Competition Eliminator champion
101 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 have a good car right now. My Jim Butner Auto Group Chevy Camaro is starting to show some signs of greatness again, and this is the right time for that. We enter the Countdown as the No. 1 seed, and hopefully, that’s where we end up. Of course you want to win, especially once you know what it feels like – but if it’s a KB Racing car at the end, we’ll be happy. We’ve been saying all year that we want to be 1-2-3 at the end, and we’re starting this deal off pretty close to that. Now we just have to keep it going and keep everybody else from separating us.”

“This weekend has become really special because the last few years we’ve been able to have the Goldstar moms with us. Their kids made the ultimate sacrifice, and it’s heartbreaking to hear their stories – but it’s such an honor to have these moms at this race. It gives us a little more incentive because you really want to do well for them and put a smile on their faces. It really puts things into perspective.”

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, race 12 of 18)

1. Bo Butner (4), 969*
2. Alex Laughlin (1), 967*
3. Jason Line (1), 906*
4. Greg Anderson (2), 884*
5. Erica Enders, 853*
6. Deric Kramer (1), 818*
7. Matt Hartford (1), 809*
8. Jeg Coughlin (1), 745*
9. Chris McGaha (1), 630*
10. Val Smeland, 429*

*Clinched berth in NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship

Race Info
35th annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals
Maple Grove Raceway
Reading, Pennsylvania
September 12-15, 2019

Run Schedule (all times ET)
Thursday, September 12
10:00am – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman qualifying begins

Friday, September 13
9:00am – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations begin
2:00pm – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 1
5:00pm – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 2

Saturday, September 14
12:45pm – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 3
3:00pm – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 4

Sunday, September 15
11am – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series eliminations begin,
eliminations for all other categories continue

#NHRAonFOX Schedule (all times ET)
Qualifying / Friday – 6:30-8:30 PM ET / FS1
Qualifying / Saturday – 9-10 PM ET / FS2
Finals / Sunday – 2-5 PM ET / FS1

#ReadingNats #NHRACountdown

**Full results at DragRaceCentral.com**

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