Pro Stock race 15 of 18, Countdown to the Championship race 3 of 6
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS7
Current points position: No. 7
• Greg Anderson, driver of the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro out of Ken Black’s Mooresville, N.C.-based KB Racing stable, is seeking a fifth Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Championship. He enters the NHRA Carolina Nationals holding down the No. 7 spot in the 2019 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship.
• Anderson holds the zMAX Raceway track record for speed at 215.48 mph set in 2015 at the spring event
• The only Pro Stock driver with more wins in Charlotte than Anderson (3) is Summit Racing teammate Jason Line (4)
• 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 158 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 Carolina Nationals in Charlotte
3 wins in 7 Charlotte final rounds
Runner-up Charlotte 1 2017 (Chris McGaha)
Runner-up Charlotte 2 2017 (Tanner Gray)
Runner-up Charlotte 2 2016 (Jason Line)
Runner-up Charlotte 1 2015 (Larry Morgan)
Won Charlotte 1 2012 (defeated Erica Enders)
Won Charlotte 1 2011 (defeated Greg Stanfield)
Won Charlotte 2 2010 (defeated Greg Stanfield)
No. 1 at Charlotte 1 in 2016
No. 1 at Charlotte 2 in 2015, 2016
Last year: Qualified No. 7; first round
Anderson’s career stats through 2019 NHRA Midwest Nationals in St. Louis
(most recent event)
4-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2003-05, 2010)
466 Pro Stock races
63 runner-up finishes
156 overall final rounds
103 No. 1 qualifier awards
Career best e.t.: 6.457
Career best speed: 215.48
“This is a home race for us, and you hope you have home-field advantage, but we also know how tough the competition is in this class. I love racing here at zMAX Dragway, the folks who run this track are just phenomenal, and the fans are out of this world. We always appreciate racing here, and we have had some very special weekends here. We’ve worked so hard with my red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, trying to find exactly what it wants and what will make it happy, so hopefully our hard work pays off this weekend. We want that for Summit Racing, we want that for Ken Black, and, selfishly, I’d really like to find my way back to the winner’s circle and move up in the points. The clock is ticking on this season. It’s time to do something big.”
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS5
Current points position: No. 1
• Wright, Minnesota-native Jason Line, driver of the silver Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro, enters the third race of the 2019 Countdown to the Championship as the points leader. He took over the top spot after winning Reading (the first of six Countdown races).
• Line is the defending event champion. Last year at this event, he beat eventual Mello Yello series champ Tanner Gray in the final round to score the 50th national event win of his career.
• With four victories on his scorecard there, Line has more Pro Stock wins in Charlotte than any other driver, past or present.
• Line holds the zMAX Dragway track record for elapsed time with a 6.455 set at this race in 2015. It still stands as the NHRA Pro Stock national record.
• Over the course of the 2019 season, Line has claimed low elapsed time twice (nine times overall for KB Racing) and top speed of the event four times (12 times in 14 races for KB Racing, overall)
• 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 Carolina Nationals in Charlotte
4 wins in 8 overall Charlotte final rounds
Won Charlotte 2 2018 (def. Tanner Gray)
Won Charlotte 1 2016 (def. Bo Butner)
Won Charlotte 2 2016 (def. Greg Anderson)
Runner-up Charlotte 2 2014 (Jonathan Gray)
Runner-up Charlotte 2 2013 (Jeg Coughlin Jr.)
Won Charlotte 2 2012 (def. Allen Johnson)
Runner-up Charlotte 2 2011 (Kurt Johnson)
Runner-up Charlotte 1 2010 (Mike Edwards)
No. 1 at Charlotte 1 in 2011, 2012
No. 1 at Charlotte 2 in 2010, 2011, 2013
Last year: Qualified No. 5; won the event
Line’s career stats through 2019 NHRA Midwest Nationals in St. Louis
(most recent event)
3-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2006, 2011, 2016)
1993 NHRA Stock Eliminator champion
370 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
“Last year, this race was very special for me. Reaching 50 national event wins is something I never dreamed would happen, but it did, and to have it happen with my family here was just something you’ll never forget. I’ve had some really cool things happen in the last year since then – winning Brainerd was one, for sure – and it would be tough to top what’s already in the history books. But it would sure be nice to have a good weekend with the silver Summit Racing Chevy Camaro. Last weekend showed us we can get knocked down; this weekend we’re planning to show we know how to get back up.”
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS8
Current points position: No. 3
• Bo Butner, the 2017 NHRA Pro Stock world champion, led the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series points throughout the entire regular season and is currently No. 3 in the Countdown to 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 103 career Pro Stock races.
• In addition to his success in Pro Stock in 2019, Butner has one national event win in Super Gas and has twice been runner-up in the Factory Stock Showdown.
• The Floyds Knobs, Indiana, native has one previous final round at zMAX Dragway (runner-up at Charlotte 1 in 2016 to Jason Line)
• Butner won the first race of the 2019 season and then again in Gainesville, Las Vegas, and Richmond. He enters the NHRA Carolina Nationals No. 3 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).
• Racing in the Factory Stock Showdown in his 2019 Cobra Jet Mustang flying the flag of Summit Racing, Butner has reached the final round twice and three times has claimed top speed of the event. The SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown series will conclude in Dallas next week.
Butner at the NHRA Carolina Nationals in Charlotte
1 runner-up in 1 final round
Runner-up Charlotte 1 in 2016 (Jason Line)
Last year: Qualified No. 10; first round
Butner’s career stats through 2019 NHRA Midwest Nationals in St. Louis
(most recent event)
2017 NHRA Pro Stock champion
2006 Competition Eliminator champion
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
“I really felt like our Jim Butner Auto Group Chevy Camaro was showing signs of improvement in St. Louis, so I’m excited to get to Charlotte. All of us, we all have to do a better job this weekend if we want to stay up there in the points chase. It’s an exciting time of year, and the fact that we’ll be racing just a little ways away from the KB Racing home base gives you a little confidence. I look for us to do well this weekend as a team. Hopefully, you’ll see a KB Racing car in the winner’s circle on Sunday.”
2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after AAA Insurance NHRA Nationals, Countdown to the Championship race 2 of 6)
1. Jason Line (2), 2254
2. Erica Enders (1), 2243
3. Bo Butner (4), 2232
4. Matt Hartford (1), 2197
5. Alex Laughlin (1), 2171
6. Jeg Coughlin (1), 2160
7. Greg Anderson (2), 2147
8. Deric Kramer (1), 2132
9. Chris McGaha (1), 2113
10. Val Smeland, 2062
12th annual NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals
October 11-13, 2019
Run Schedule (all times local)
Friday, October 11
8:00am – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman qualifying, time trials begin
3:30pm – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 1
6:00pm – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 2
Saturday, October 12
8:00am – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations begin
1:15pm – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 3
3:45pm – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 4
Sunday, October 13
12pm – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series eliminations begin,
eliminations for all other categories continue
#NHRAonFOX Schedule (all times ET)
Qualifying / Friday – 9-10 PM ET / FS1
Qualifying / Sunday – 1-2 PM ET / FS1
Finals / Sunday – 2-5 PM ET / FS1
**Full results at DragRaceCentral.com**