Team Summit NHRA Vegas II Pre-Race Package

Greg Anderson, driver of the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro
Photo credit: Auto Imagery

Pro Stock race 17 of 18, Countdown to the Championship race 5 of 6

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS7
Current points position: No. 7

Event-Specific Notes:
• Greg Anderson, born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota, is the driver of the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro
• Four-time world champion Anderson is the most recent Pro Stock winner on the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour. He scored his 94th trophy two weeks ago in Dallas.
• Anderson is tied with Top Fuel’s Tony Schumacher with eight Las Vegas wins, more than any other professional driver in any category
• The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is the home track for Las Vegas-based KB Racing team owners Ken and Judy Black
• With his win in Dallas two weeks ago, Anderson moved into the No. 7 position in the standings and is 99 points out of first place with two races remaining

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’s four NHRA Pro Stock championships came in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2010
• He is the most decorated Pro Stock driver on the current tour with 94 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 are the third-most of any Pro driver

Anderson in Las Vegas
8 wins in 10 Las Vegas final rounds
Won LV1 2003 (defeated Kurt Johnson)
Won LV2 2003 (defeated K. Johnson)
Won LV1 2004 (defeated K. Johnson)
Won LV2 2004 (defeated Jason Line)
Runner-up LV1 2004 (Dave Connolly)
Runner-up LV2 2004 (K. Johnson)
Won LV1 2007 (defeated Jeg Coughlin)
Won LV2 2007 (defeated Coughlin)
Won LV2 2010 (defeated Line)
Won LV2 2017 (defeated Bo Butner)
No. 1 at LV1 in 2003, 2004, 2006
No. 1 at LV2 in 2003, 2005, 2016, 2017
Last year at this event:
Qualified No. 9, first round

Anderson’s career stats through 2019 NHRA FallNationals in Dallas
(most recent event)
4-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2003-05, 2010)
468 Pro Stock races
94 wins
63 runner-up finishes
157 overall final rounds
103 No. 1 qualifier awards
Career best e.t.: 6.457
Career best speed: 215.48

Quotes:
“We love Las Vegas – that is such a great racetrack, and we love racing there in Ken Black Country. He can’t wait for us to get there, and that feeling is certainly mutual. We know there are a lot of teams that love that racetrack just as much as we do, and it’s going to be a titanic duel. It will really set the stage for the end of the year. When you leave Las Vegas, you have to be within 80 to 100 points of the lead, and that number is only because it’s points and a half at Pomona. It’s still realistic, if you’re within 80 to 100 points, because anybody can beat anybody in this class. So that’s the goal. My guess is that there will still be eight teams alive when we leave Las Vegas.”

AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest NationalsJason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS5
Current points position: No. 4

Event-Specific Notes:
• Wright, Minnesota-native Jason Line is the driver of the silver Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
• He enters the event No. 4 in the Pro Stock points, just 68 points out of the lead

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 in Las Vegas
2 wins in 6 Las Vegas final rounds
Won 2016 LV1 (defeated Bo Butner)
Runner-up 2014 LV2 (Erica Enders)
Runner-up 2010 LV2 (Greg Anderson)
Won 2008 LV1 (defeated Greg Stanfield)
Runner-up 2006 LV2 (Richie Stevens Jr.)
Runner-up 2004 LV2 (Greg Anderson)
No. 1 at LV1 in 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017
No. 1 at LV2 in 2004, 2006, 2012
Last year at this event: Qualified No. 2, quarterfinals

Line’s career stats through 2019 NHRA FallNationals in Dallas
(most recent event)
3-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2006, 2011, 2016)
1993 NHRA Stock Eliminator champion
372 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

Quotes:
“They say that good things create more good things, and Team Summit had a pretty good weekend in Dallas. You never know what will happen, but I feel good about our Summit Racing Chevy Camaros right now. We know we have a chance to win with any of the KB Racing cars. It’s important to do well this weekend, and nobody is taking that lightly.”

32nd Sonoma NHRA NationalsBo Butner
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS8
Current points position: No. 6

Event-Specific Notes:
• Bo Butner is the 2017 NHRA Pro Stock world champion
• He has six wins in 11 final rounds at the Las Vegas facility, including double-up victories in Comp and Stock Eliminator in 2012
• The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is the site of Butner’s first Pro Stock final round (2015)
• Over the last five seasons, Butner has reached the Pro Stock final round in Las Vegas six times, including at both events in 2017

Driver Notes:
• Butner won the first race of the 2019 season and then again in Gainesville, Las Vegas, and Richmond. He enters the NHRA Dodge Nationals No. 6 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 will race Super Gas this weekend in addition to Pro Stock. He won the category in Sonoma this season in his very first Super Gas race 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 in Las Vegas
6 wins in 11 final rounds
Won LV2 2001 Comp Eliminator (first win in Comp category)
Won LV2 2007 Comp Eliminator
Doubled up with wins at LV2 in 2012 in Comp and Stock Eliminator
Runner-up in Comp in 2005
Runner-up in Pro Stock LV2 2015 (Erica Enders) (First Pro Stock final)
Runner-up in Pro Stock LV1 2016 (Jason Line)
Runner-up in Pro Stock LV1 2017 (Tanner Gray)
Runner-up in Pro Stock LV2 2017 (Greg Anderson)
Won in Pro Stock LV2 2018 (defeated Erica Enders)
Won in Pro Stock LV1 Four-Wide 2019 (defeated Matt Hartford, Jason Line, Greg Anderson)
Last year at this event: Qualified No. 7, won the event

Butner’s career stats through 2019 NHRA FallNationals in Dallas
(most recent event)
2017 NHRA Pro Stock champion
2006 Competition Eliminator champion
105 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

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals, NHRA Countdown to the Championship race 4 of 6)

1. Erica Enders (1), 2395
2. Matt Hartford (1), 2367
3. Jeg Coughlin Jr. (1), 2330
4. Jason Line (2), 2327
5. Deric Kramer (2), 2323
6. Bo Butner (4), 2321
7. Greg Anderson (3), 2296

8. Alex Laughlin (2), 2239
9. Chris McGaha (1), 2217
10. Val Smeland, 2124

Race Info
NHRA Dodge Nationals
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
October 31-November 3, 2019

Run Schedule (all times local)
Thursday, October 31
8:30 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman qualifying and time trials begin

Friday, November 1
8:00 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations begin
12:45 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 1
3:15 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 2
After pro qualifying – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman qualifying continues

Saturday, November 2
8:00 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations continue
12:45 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 3
3:30 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 4
After pro qualifying – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations continue

Sunday, November 3
8:45 a.m. – Lucas Oil Sportsman eliminations continue
10:00 a.m. – Pre-race ceremonies
11:00 a.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro eliminations begin

#NHRAonFOX Schedule (all times ET)
Qualifying / Friday – 7-8:30 PM ET / FS1
Qualifying / Sunday – 3-4 PM ET / FS1
Finals / Sunday – 4-7 PM ET / FS1

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

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