No. 1 qualifier Anderson’s Summit Racing Chevy continues powerful ascension at NHRA Vegas

19th annual Dodge NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil
Photo credit: Auto Imagery

LAS VEGAS (Nov. 2, 2019) – Yes, it’s Sin City, and folks come from far and wide to blow on dice with crossed fingers hoping for good fortune. Greg Anderson didn’t need luck in qualifying for the Dodge NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, though. He had horsepower.

The driver of the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro arrived in Las Vegas as the most recent Pro Stock winner on the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour, and the rejuvenated dominance continued as Anderson wheeled his way to the 104th No. 1 qualifying start of his career. The 94-time Pro Stock winner will enter raceday at The Strip looking for a ninth trophy at the facility that team owners Ken and Judy Black call home.

“This has always been a great racetrack for me,” said Anderson, who is tied with former Top Fuel world champion Tony Schumacher for the most wins (eight) at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. “Ken Black, our team owner, lives here in Las Vegas – and that makes this racetrack mean the world to us. Back when we started this race team in 2001, he said, ‘You know, I don’t really care what you do anywhere else, as long as you do well here in Vegas.’ We didn’t do well that very first race, so we dedicated ourselves to staying here and testing before the next time. Ever since then, it’s been great.”

In qualifying for this season’s fall event in Las Vegas, Anderson’s best time of 6.584-second at 207.91 mph in the third session launched him to the top. He claimed a total of six bonus points and will race Cristian Cuadra in the first round of eliminations.

“We’ve had a special weekend so far, and we’ve had a lot of magic at this racetrack in the past,” said Anderson. “It really makes you feel good; it gives you a lot of confidence. The class is so close, any little edge you can get – whether it be confidence or home field advantage – we’ll take it. Nobody has been able to string together three race wins in a row this year. Hopefully, I can make that happen and create a dream-ending to the season.”

Four-time series titlist Anderson’s 2019 championship hopes are alive and well thanks to his most recent victory, and the bonus points he’s accumulated in qualifying in Las Vegas could come into play at the end as the NHRA Finals will be valued at points-and-a-half. After three consecutive finals – and two wins – on the mid-summer Western Swing, Anderson’s results were unexpectedly unspectacular, but his Chevrolet is back in stout form, and it’s more than a fluke.

“My Summit Racing Chevy Camaro really became happy in Dallas,” he said. “The guys asked me after the win there, ‘What do you think of your racecar now?’ I said, ‘Well, I love it. But is it just the Dallas racetrack?’ They told me they thought they’d gotten the car better, that it wasn’t just that track, and they were right. I was wrong to doubt them. My car is competitive again with a chance to win races. It was a struggle to get there, but we think now we have a horse that can run with the best of them.”

Eliminations for the Dodge NHRA Nationals will begin on Sunday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway at 11 am PT.

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Qualifying results:
Q1: 6.598-second at 207.62 mph (No. 2, +2 bonus points)
Q2: 6.600, 206.70 (No. 3, +1)
Q3: 6.584, 207.91 (No. 1, +3)
Q4: 6.611, 208.52 (No. 1)

Final qualifying position: No. 1
First-round opponent: Cristian Cuadra

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Qualifying results:
Q1: 6.611-second at 208.33 mph (No. 6)
Q2: 6.616, 208.33 (No. 7)
Q3: 6.605, 208.49 (No. 8)
Q4: 6.610, 206.83 (No. 8, +1 bonus points)

Quote:
“My silver Summit Racing Chevy has had its moments, but we’ll have our work cut out for us tomorrow. The good news is that we’ve got some good, fast racecars in the Ken Black Racing stable, and that’s something we’re excited about. It’s fun to leave the racetrack on Saturday night and know that you’ve got a chance to win, and right now, it could be anyone.”

Final qualifying position: No. 8
First-round opponent: Matt Hartford

Bo Butner
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Qualifying results:
Q1: 6.615-second at 207.72 mph (No. 7)
Q2: 6.591, 208.68 (No. 2, +3 bonus points)
Q3: 6.596, 208.14 (No. 3, +1)
Q4: 6.599, 206.23 (No. 3, +3)

Quotes:
“I think we had a motor issue the last few races, and it really expired in Dallas, so we had to put another one in. I’m good, I’m happy. KB Racing takes care of us. We got seven bonus points, and we’re really happy with that. In 2017 when I won the Pro Stock championship, it was just by a couple of points. That tells you how much those bonus points matter.”

Final qualifying position: No. 3
First-round opponent: Val Smeland

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after Dodge NHRA Nationals qualifying, NHRA Countdown to the Championship race 5 of 6)

1. Erica Enders (1), 2437
2. Matt Hartford (1), 2399
3. Jeg Coughlin Jr. (1), 2365
4. Bo Butner (4), 2365
5. Jason Line (2), 2361
6. Deric Kramer (2), 2359
7. Greg Anderson (3), 2340
8. Alex Laughlin (1), 2271
9. Chris McGaha (1), 2250
10. Val Smeland, 2155

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

Run Schedule (all times local)
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 / Sunday – 3-4 PM ET / FS1
Finals / Sunday – 4-7 PM ET / FS1

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

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