Semifinals Finish for Anderson, Line at Indy 3

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Brownsburg, Ind. (August 9, 2020)Sunday at the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals was prosperous for Team Summit drivers Greg Anderson and Jason Line, despite an ending that didn’t go according to script. Piloting their respective Summit Racing-branded Chevrolet Camaro Pro Stockers, the KB Racing drivers both reached the semifinals on opposite sides of the ladder to etch two round wins a piece in the books.

Line, driving the silver Summit Racing Chevy, had the dominant car in the category as the No. 1 qualifier. In the opening round, he clocked low elapsed time of eliminations with a 6.607-second pass at 208.01 mph to defeat Robert River’s 6.907, 200.20. The driver who is competing in his final season behind the wheel of a Pro Stock car recorded low e.t. of the second round, 6.632, 208.01 to 6.654, 207.66, to put Chris McGaha on the trailer.

In the semis, though, Line’s Camaro was quite unhappy. An abrupt tail-wag of his car’s rear end and massive rattle of the tires halted his progress, and the numbers on the board amounted to an achingly unsatisfying 19.242. Rookie Troy Coughlin Jr. moved ahead to his first final round.

“It was just an unfortunate ending to what was a very promising day,” said Line. “You don’t expect to have days like today, but sometimes, it happens. When it does, you just have to put it behind you as soon as you can. It wasn’t all bad – we got both of the Summit Racing Chevy Camaros to the semifinals. The good news is that it really makes you look forward to the next race and getting another chance to win the trophy for Ken Black and Summit Racing.”

After socking away victories over Kenny Delco, Line’s Summit Racing teammate Anderson and their fellow KB Racing-powered competitor Matt Hartford put on a tremendous show. Hartford registered a quick .016-second reaction time, but Anderson was right there with a cool .010 that was part of a one-two punch that sidelined his challenger. At the finish line stripe, it was Anderson’s Americana-themed Summit Racing Chevrolet with the win light, 6.649, 207.66 to 6.691, 207.34.

In a stunning turn of events, Anderson’s day ended with human error and in a fashion completely uncharacteristic for the seasoned pro, a driver who has 94 national event wins and four Pro Stock world championships.

“Well, I seemed to have broken the transmission on the burnout,” said Anderson, who mustered an 8.494, 113.86 that was eclipsed by Jeg Coughlin Jr.’s also-troubled 6.739, 205.72. “I made a rookie mistake. Somehow, I got it in the wrong gear at the wrong time and ripped the teeth right out of fourth gear. [After that], I knew what was coming, and it was a heartbreaker. That would have been a good race, and it looks like it would have been very close at the finish line. Just a rookie mistake.”

Anderson moved up from No. 8 to No. 4 in the Pro Stock points with his fruitful – though somewhat disappoint – day. Line remains No. 2 in the standings.

Watch for updates to the 2020 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Race results:
R1: Jason Line defeated Robert River, 6.607-second at 208.33 mph to 6.907, 200.20
R2: Line def. Chris McGaha, 6.632, 208.01 to 6.654, 207.66
R3: Troy Coughlin Jr. def. Line, 6.670, 205.60 to 19.242, 40.83

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Race results:
R1: Greg Anderson defeated Kenny Delco, 6.627-second at 207.11 mph to 6.647, 207.30
R2: Anderson def. Matt Hartford, 6.649, 207.66 to 6.691, 207.34
R3: Jeg Coughlin Jr. def. Anderson, 6.739, 205.72 to 8.494, 113.86

Bo Butner
Race results:
KB Racing/Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Pro Stock
R1: Chris McGaha defeated Bo Butner, 6.657-second at 207.08 mph to (-.023) 8.696, 102.59

Pro Mod (driving Rickie Smith’s nitrous-assisted Chevrolet Camaro)
R1: Bo Butner defeated Brandon Pesz, 6.760-second at 157.96 to Did Not Show
R2: Butner def. Clint Satterfield, 5.848, 248.43 to 5.974, 202.39
R3: Butner def. Kris Thorne, 5.846, 249.07 to 6.888, 160.69
R4: Jonathan Gray def. Butner, 5.850, 249.49 to 5.899, 248.48

2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after Pro Stock race 4, the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals)

1. Jeg Coughlin 414
2. Jason Line 370
3. Erica Enders 337
4. Greg Anderson 225
5. Alex Laughlin 211
6. Chris McGaha 210
7. Kenny Delco 196
8. Bo Butner 195
9. Matt Hartford 194
10. Aaron Stanfield 157

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