Team Summit takes the points lead into Sunday at the NHRA Carolina Nationals

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Oct. 12, 2019) – Jason Line and the silver Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro took over the points lead at the first of six NHRA Countdown to the Championship events, and on Sunday at the NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals, Line’s main mission will be to win the race and keep his advantage.

The longtime KB Racing driver and owner of three Pro Stock world titles will present a united front with teammate Greg Anderson, driver of the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, and Bo Butner, their KB Racing-powered partner and driver of the Jim Butner Auto Group Chevy Camaro, both battling to bring the trophy home for the team.

Line is also the defending event champion. Last season, he earned the 50th national event win of his career here.

“I’m pretty happy with my Summit Racing Chevy Camaro right now,” said Line, who claimed four bonus points as one of the quickest cars at zMAX Dragway and will start from the No. 3 position with a best time of 6.534-second at 211.53. “I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I wouldn’t trade my car with anybody. It’s good, and I’m excited to race for the trophy. Hopefully, the weather will hold out, but I think we’re going to have a good day. This is always a fun race for us, and it’s especially good this weekend to have our team owners, Ken and Judy Black, here. To see them smiling is always a good feeling, and hopefully we’re all smiling on Sunday.”

Four-time Pro Stock champion Anderson qualified in the No. 6 spot and will race Aaron Stanfield in round one. 93-time national event winner Anderson is elevated by the fact that the KB Racing team, which is housed in nearby Mooresville, knows the racing facility very well.

“It’s all about tomorrow now,” said Anderson, who continues to battle a somewhat temperamental car, but one that seems to come around in bursts. “We’ll have a completely different weather day on Sunday, by the look of it, but we know this racetrack and all the weather and changing conditions we see out here. We have the data, so it’s time to go home, put our heads together, and come up with a race-winning setup. Tomorrow, we just need to go out there and do our job. [Stanfield] is hungry, but the bottom line is no matter who you line up against, it’s going to be like a final round matchup. You better bring your A-game – or you’re going home early.”

Butner held the points lead throughout the regular season, only forfeiting it to Line in Reading. In Charlotte, Butner will start ninth and begin his day with a first-round meeting with another KB Racing campaigner, Fernando Cuadra.

“We aren’t exactly where we’d like to be on the ladder; you always want to be in the top half of the field, but anymore it doesn’t matter where you are – you’re going to have a heck of a race,” said Butner, the 2017 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock champ. “We have to race our KB Racing teammate Fernando Cuadra, and you can’t take him – or anyone – for granted. I think it’ll be a good race, and no matter what, we’ll have a KB Racing car in the second round. It’ll be a good start to the day.”

Eliminations for the 12th annual NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals will begin on Sunday at zMAX Dragway at 11 am ET – one hour earlier than the originally scheduled time.

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Qualifying results:
Q1: 6.538-second at 211.33 mph (No. 2, +2 bonus points)
Q2: 6.534, 211.53 (No. 3, +1)
Q3: 6.577, 211.10 (No. 3)
Q4: 6.561, 211.20 (No. 3, +1)

Final qualifying position: No. 3
First-round opponent: Shane Tucker

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Qualifying results:
Q1: 6.582-second at 210.64 mph (No. 9)
Q2: 6.560, 210.64 (No. 6)
Q3: 6.585, 209.49 (No. 6)
Q4: 6.981, 161.96 (No. 6)

Final qualifying position: No. 6
First-round opponent: Aaron Stanfield

Bo Butner
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Qualifying results:
Q1: 6.572-second at 211.13 mph (No. 6)
Q2: no time (No. 9)
Q3: 6.569, 210.83 (No. 9, +1 bonus point)
Q4: 6.600, 210.28 (No. 9)

Final qualifying position: No. 9
First-round opponent: Fernando Cuadra

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals qualifying, NHRA Countdown to the Championship race 3 of 6)

1. Jason Line (2), 2294
2. Erica Enders (1), 2292
3. Bo Butner (4), 2265
4. Matt Hartford (1), 2233
5. Alex Laughlin (2), 2208
6. Jeg Coughlin Jr. (1), 2201
7. Greg Anderson (2), 2181
8. Deric Kramer (1), 2164
9. Chris McGaha (1), 2145
10. Val Smeland, 2093

Race Info
12th annual NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals
zMAX Dragway
Charlotte
October 11-13, 2019

Run Schedule (all times local)
Sunday, October 13
11am – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series eliminations begin,
eliminations for all other categories continue

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

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

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