Team Summit Pre-Race Package: NHRA St. Louis

13th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals

Photo credit: Auto Imagery

Pro Stock race 14 of 18, Countdown to the Championship race 2 of 6

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS7
Current points position: No. 8

Event-Specific Notes:
• Greg Anderson, driver of the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, is seeking a fifth Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Championship. He enters the NHRA Midwest Nationals holding down the No. 8 spot in the 2019 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship.
• Anderson holds the World Wide Technology Raceway Pro Stock track record for elapsed time at 6.492-second, set in 2015

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 Midwest Nationals in St. Louis
2 wins in 5 final rounds
Won 2017 (defeated Jason Line)
Runner-up 2005 (Kurt Johnson)
Won 2004 (defeated Steve Johns)
Runner-up 2002 (Jeg Coughlin Jr.)
Runner-up 2000 (Ron Krisher)
No. 1 in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2014, 2017
Last year: Qualified No. 8; second round

Anderson’s career stats through 2019 Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals in Reading
(most recent event)
4-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2003-05, 2010)
465 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:
“We’ve made some changes and done some testing because we haven’t had it quite right with my car yet. The red Summit Racing Chevy Camaro has a very tight tuning window, and there has just been no room for even the tiniest mistake. That makes it almost impossible to tune, but we’ve been working with it, and we are beginning to feel a little more confident. This is an important race, and how we do in St. Louis will have a lot to do with where we end up at the end of the season. There is a lot on the line in the Countdown, and it’s just a dogfight. Hopefully, we have a happy racecar this weekend, because that could make all the difference.”

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS5
Current points position: No. 1

Event-Specific Notes:
• Wright, Minnesota-native Jason Line, driver of the silver Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro, enters the second race of the 2019 Countdown to the Championship as the points leader. He took over the top spot after winning in Reading (the last event on the tour).
• St. Louis is one of just five races on the current tour where Line has yet to score a victory
• Line holds the track record for speed at World Wide Technology Raceway for his 213.47 mph pass recorded there in 2012
• 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 four times (11 times in 13 races 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 52 national event wins on his scorecard: 50 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 Midwest Nationals in St. Louis
3 final rounds
Runner-up 2017 (Greg Anderson)
Runner-up 2014 (Dave Connolly)
Runner-up 2009 (Jeg Coughlin Jr.)
No. 1 in 2008, 2012

Line’s career stats through 2019 Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals in Reading
(most recent event)
3-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2006, 2011, 2016)
1993 NHRA Stock Eliminator champion
369 Pro Stock races
50 Pro Stock wins
52 overall wins, including NHRA Sportsman and Professional categories
(2 Stock Eliminator, 50 Pro Stock)
52 runner-up finishes
102 Pro Stock final rounds
104 overall final rounds, including NHRA Sportsman and Professional competition
(2 Stock Eliminator, 102 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.”

Line on the WFO Radio Podcast:
“In St. Louis, I’m just going to do the same things that I did last week in Reading. I feel good about it, and I feel like I owe that place. It’s the site of my only DNQ, and that’s my biggest blemish in Pro Stock racing. I’d say that I’m over it, but that would be a lie. I still feel like I owe that place a good, swift kick. We’re going to go there and try to get it done.”

Bo Butner
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS8
Current points position: No. 2

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. After a bit of a stumble in Reading, he is No. 2 in the championship standings.
• The Floyds Knobs, Indiana, native has four wins in four Pro Stock final rounds so far this year. Overall, he has 11 wins in a total of 102 career Pro Stock races.
• Butner, flying the Summit Racing colors, will also compete in the SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown at the Midwest 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 so far has four FSS wins 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.
• 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 not yet won in any class in St. Louis at the national event level

Driver Notes:
• Butner won the first race of the 2019 season and then again in Gainesville, Las Vegas, and Richmond. He enters the Midwest Nationals No. 2 in the Pro Stock points.
• 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 Street, and Super Gas).
• Butner has 11 Pro Stock wins on his scorecard

Butner at the NHRA Midwest Nationals in St. Louis
2 final rounds
2016 Runner-up in Pro Stock (Alex Laughlin)
2013 Runner-up in Super Stock (Bill Rowe)
Last year: Qualified No. 4; second round

Butner’s career stats through 2019 Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals in Reading
(most recent event)
2017 NHRA Pro Stock champion
2006 Competition Eliminator champion
102 races
11 Pro Stock wins
13 Pro Stock runner-up finishes
24 overall Pro Stock final rounds
11 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’re doing some testing with our Cobra Jet Mustang for the Factory Stock Showdown before St. Louis because I haven’t been happy with the performance of that car lately. We’re going to be racing both the showdown and our Jim Butner Auto Group Chevy Camaro in Pro Stock, so it will be a fun weekend. Our Pro Stock car is definitely capable of winning. I’m happy for the KB Racing victory in Reading [two weeks ago] – I know Ken and Judy Black are happy, so that puts a smile on all of our faces. We want to keep everyone smiling and keep those final rounds and trophies coming. I need to win a race in the shootout, and we definitely have the car to do it there, too. It would be great to win a championship in the Factory Stock Showdown, but it’s going to be tough to get around Drew [Skillman]. We have to go more rounds than him, so we’ll see what happens – but I’m just happy to even be in the top 10.”

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals, Countdown to the Championship race 1 of 6)

1. Jason Line (2), 2194
2. Bo Butner (4), 2155

3. Alex Laughlin (1), 2139
4. Erica Enders, 2116
5. Matt Hartford (1), 2103
6. Jeg Coughlin (1), 2099
7. Deric Kramer (1), 2095
8. Greg Anderson (2), 2092

9. Chris McGaha (1), 2041
10. Val Smeland, 2031

Race Info
8th annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals
World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway
St. Louis
September 27-29, 2019

Run Schedule (all times ET)
Friday, September 27
7:30am – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman qualifying, time trials begin
2:15pm – SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown qualifying session 1
3:15pm – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 1
5:00pm – SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown qualifying session 2
6:00pm – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 2

Saturday, September 28
8:00am – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations begin
12:45pm – SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown qualifying session 3
1:45pm – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 3
3:30pm – SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown round one
4:30pm – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 4

Sunday, September 29
11am – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series eliminations begin,
eliminations for all other categories continue

#NHRAonFOX Schedule (all times ET)
Qualifying / Friday – 6-7 PM ET / FS1
Qualifying / Sunday – 1-2 PM ET / FS1
Finals / Sunday – 2-5 PM ET / FS1

#MidwestNats #NHRACountdown
**Full results at DragRaceCentral.com**

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