Team Summit NHRA Dallas Pre-Race Package

NHRA Drag Racing
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Pro Stock race 16 of 18, Countdown to the Championship race 4 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 out of Ken Black’s Mooresville, N.C.-based KB Racing stable, has four Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Championships. He enters the NHRA FallNationals No. 8 in the 2019 Countdown.
• Anderson holds the Texas Motorplex Pro Stock track records for elapsed time (6.457-second) and speed (214.59 mph), both set in 2015
• Anderson has four Dallas wins coming into this weekend’s event. The only Pro Stock driver ever to have won more there is Warren Johnson, who claimed five FallNationals trophies over the course of his NHRA career.

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 have been racing together for nearly two decades and have, along with crew chief Rob Downing, built a team that now owns 159 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

Anderson at the NHRA FallNationals in Dallas
4 wins in 5 final rounds
Won 2003 (defeated Jeg Coughlin Jr.)
Won 2005 (defeated Jason Line)
Runner-up 2007 (Dave Connolly)
Won 2009 (defeated Johnny Gray)
Won 2010 (defeated Mike Edwards)
No. 1 in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007
Last year: Qualified No. 2; second round

Anderson’s career stats through 2019 NHRA Carolina Nationals in Charlotte
(most recent event)
4-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2003-05, 2010)
467 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:
“Last weekend we did not see the results that we could have and should have, but that’s why we’re eager to get to Texas Motorplex. We have a chance to get back on course, and we’ll gladly take that opportunity and make the most of it. This racetrack has been great for us, and we’ve had a day or two to reset before heading that way. I think we have a very good weekend ahead of us, we just have to keep our heads on straight and make the most of every single run down the racetrack, both in terms of the driver and the car. We have to be perfect.”

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS5
Current points position: No. 2

Event-Specific Notes:
• Wright, Minnesota-native Jason Line, driver of the silver Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro, enters the fourth race of the 2019 Countdown to the Championship No. 2 in the Pro Stock points.
• Line’s three FallNationals victories are the second-most claimed by a currently competing Pro Stock driver in Dallas. Summit Racing teammate Greg Anderson leads the category. Dave Connolly, part of the KB Racing braintrust alongside crew chief Rob Downing, also has three wins as a Pro Stock driver.
• 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 15 races for KB Racing, overall)

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 an active 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 FallNationals in Dallas
3 wins in 4 final rounds
Won 2017 (defeated Drew Skillman)
Won 2013 (defeated Shane Gray)
Won 2011 (defeated Kurt Johnson)
Runner-up 2005 (Greg Anderson)
No. 1 in 2011, 2016
Last year: Qualified No. 3; first round

Line’s career stats through 2019 NHRA Carolina Nationals in Charlotte
(most recent event)
3-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2006, 2011, 2016)
1993 NHRA Stock Eliminator champion
371 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:
“If we do what we’re supposed to do, the points will take care of themselves. I believe my Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro is one of the best cars out there, and I feel fortunate to get to drive it. Last weekend didn’t go as planned, but I don’t think you’ll see a repeat of that in Dallas. Not this weekend, and not for the rest of the Countdown.”

Bo Butner
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS8
Current points position: No. 4

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 and is currently No. 4 in the Countdown to the Championship standings.
• The Floyds Knobs, Indiana, native won his first-ever NHRA national event in Dallas in 1999, when he defeated Jimmy DeFrank in the Super Stock final.
• In addition to his success in Pro Stock in 2019, Butner has one national event win and one runner-up in Super Gas and has twice been runner-up in the Factory Stock Showdown.
• Butner will be competing in Super Gas and Pro Stock this weekend at Texas Motorplex

Driver Notes:
• 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).
• Although he will not be competing in the SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown this weekend, Butner has reached the final round twice and three times has claimed top speed of the event in his 2019 Cobra Jet Mustang. The SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown series will conclude in Dallas this weekend. Butner is committed to racing the full schedule in the class in 2020.

Butner at the NHRA FallNationals in Dallas
1 final round
1999 Won in Super Stock (defeated Jimmy DeFrank)
Last year: Qualified No. 9; first round

Butner’s career stats through 2019 NHRA Carolina Nationals in Charlotte
(most recent event)
2017 NHRA Pro Stock champion
2006 Competition Eliminator champion
104 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:
On the SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown
“It’s been a great year racing the full schedule of the SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown, and we’ve learned a lot – but we’ve still got more to learn. Of course, you always do, but we want to come out prepared for 2020, and that’s what we’re focused on right now. We won’t be racing the Cobra Jet in the Showdown this weekend, but we’re excited for 2020. My buddy Drew [Skillman] is going to win the championship this year, and we’re happy for him. They’ve had a great season, and it’s been a lot of fun racing against them. We want to say congratulations to the Skillmans and all the great competitors in this class. It’s just so much fun, and it’s so competitive. We can’t wait to do it all over again next year.”

On Pro Stock
“We had a bad day in Charlotte, but it was a good race, and we don’t have anything to complain about. The other teams have found something, and I don’t know what, but they’re ready. We have to be ready, too. I look for Dallas to be a good race for us. We got some bad luck out of the way in Charlotte, and now we’re starting with a clean slate.”

On Super Gas
“I’m looking forward to getting back in the Super Gas car this weekend. I always say I enjoy racing more than one category at an event, and I think I do better that way. We still have a good shot in Super Gas. We skipped racing this car in Charlotte so that we could finish the year with four races in a row. We’ll take the Super Gas car to Dallas, Vegas, the Vegas divisional, then finish the year in Pomona. I’m looking forward to that. I always have a good time with the Sportsman racing, but I have to do my job. I have to do really good at all of them, but especially the points meet. It should be fun.”

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

1. Erica Enders (1), 2332
2. Jason Line (2), 2294
3. Matt Hartford (1), 2293
4. Bo Butner (4), 2265
5. Deric Kramer (2), 2244
6. Jeg Coughlin Jr. (1), 2221
7. Alex Laughlin (2), 2208
8. Greg Anderson (2), 2181
9. Chris McGaha (1), 2165
10. Val Smeland, 2093

Race Info
34th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals
Texas Motorplex
Ennis, Texas
October 17-20, 2019

Run Schedule (all times local)
Thursday, October 17
8:00am – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman qualifying, time trials begin

Friday, October 18
8:15am – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations begin
2:45pm – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 1
6:15pm – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 2

Saturday, October 19
8:00am – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations begin
12:15pm – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 3
3:45pm – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 4

Sunday, October 20
11am – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series eliminations begin,
eliminations for all other categories continue

#NHRAonFOX Schedule (all times ET)
Qualifying / Friday – 6-7:30 PM ET / FS1
Qualifying / Saturday – 7:30-8:30 PM ET / FS1
Finals / Sunday – 2-5 PM ET / FS2

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

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