Team Summit Preview: DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals

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2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals
Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis

 

NHRA Drag Racing
Greg Anderson (photo: Auto Imagery)

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS7
Current points position: No. 4

 

Event-Specific Notes:
• Greg Anderson, driver of the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, reached his first Pro Stock final round at the U.S. Nationals in 1999. He was runner-up to Warren Johnson.
• Anderson’s six Indy wins exceed the victory tally of any other active Pro Stock driver. The only currently competing professional driver to have more wins at the U.S. Nationals is Top Fuel driver Tony Schumacher (10).
• Anderson won the U.S. Nationals in five consecutive years, from 2001 to 2006
• The Summit Racing campaigner is tied for second in all-time U.S. Nationals Pro Stock wins with Warren Johnson (Bob Glidden leads with nine)

Driver Notes:
• Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro driver Greg Anderson reached the semifinals in each of the most recent two events
• 2020 is Minnesota-native Anderson’s 22nd season as a Pro Stock driver. He began his career as a crew member and then was crew chief for six-time NHRA 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 161 national event wins and eight championships.
• So far, Anderson has four NHRA Pro Stock championships. They came in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2010.
• Anderson 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 104 starts from the No. 1 position are third-most of any Pro driver

Anderson at the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals
6 wins in 9 final rounds
Runner-up 1999* (Warren Johnson)
Won 2001 (defeated Mark Osborne)
Won 2003 (defeated Kurt Johnson)
Won 2004 (defeated Kenny Koretsky)
Won 2005 (defeated Richie Stevens Jr.)
Won 2006 (defeated Dave Connolly)
Runner-up 2007 (Connolly)
Won 2011 (defeated Jason Line)
Runner-up 2017 (Drew Skillman)
No. 1 in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2015, 2017
Last year: Qualified No. 6; second round

*Anderson’s first career final round

Anderson’s career stats following the 2020 Indy Nationals
(most recent event)
4-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2003-05, 2010)
474 Pro Stock races
94 wins
63 runner-up finishes
157 overall final rounds
104 No. 1 qualifier awards
Career round wins: 830
Career best e.t.: 6.457
Career best speed: 215.48

Quote:
“This has always been a very special race for us. I love racing at Indy, it’s my favorite racetrack. None of the magic of the U.S. Nationals has been lost for me; it’s still a big one. It’s always been a race I look forward to, and that certainly hasn’t changed this year. To do well there means everything.”

Greg Anderson on social media:
Facebook.com/gregandersonps; Instagram @gregandersonprostock; Twitter @GregAnderson_PS

 

NHRA Drag Racing
Jason Line (photo: Auto Imagery)

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS4
Current points position: No. 2

 

Event-Specific Notes:
• Jason Line holds the Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis Pro Stock track record for elapsed time at 6.538-second, set in 2011
• Although Line won the Indy Nationals in July and won the rain-delayed Brainerd NHRA Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in 2014, he has not yet won the U.S. Nationals at the venerable racetrack in Pro Stock

Driver Notes:
• Jason Line won the race in Indianapolis in July. It secured a 17-year streak of winning at least once in every full season of his career.
• Line will retire from driving his Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro for Ken Black Racing at the conclusion of the 2020 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. He will remain an integral part of KB Racing as he continues to produce and finesse high-performance engines in the team’s Mooresville, N.C., race shop, supporting their Pro Stock endeavors as well as their commitment to Sportsman racing.
• 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 DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals
1 final round
Runner-up 2011 (Greg Anderson)
No. 1 in 2011, 2014
Last year: Qualified No. 9; second round

Line’s career stats following the 2020 Indy Nationals
(most recent Pro Stock event)
3-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2006, 2011, 2016)
1993 NHRA Stock Eliminator champion
378 Pro Stock races
51 Pro Stock wins
53 overall wins, including NHRA Sportsman and Professional categories
(2 Stock Eliminator, 51 Pro Stock)
53 runner-up finishes
104 Pro Stock final rounds
106 overall final rounds, including NHRA Sportsman and Professional competition
(2 Stock Eliminator, 104 Pro Stock)
57 Pro Stock No. 1 qualifier awards
Career round wins (Pro Stock): 631
Career best e.t.: 6.455
Career best speed: 215.17

Quote:
“This should be an interesting race, and it’s certainly one I’ve been looking forward to. The U.S. Nationals are special for a lot of reasons – we’ve had a lot of fun there in the past, both with KB Racing and with my Stocker. But since this is my last season as a Pro Stock driver, it’s also my final opportunity to win a U.S. Nationals trophy in the class. I’d like to be able to do that this weekend with my Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, and I think we’re in good shape to do it.”

Jason Line on social media:
Facebook.com/jasonlineps; Instagram @jasonlineprostock; Twitter @JasonLine_PS

 

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Bo Butner

Bo Butner
KB Racing, Strutmasters/JBA Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS3
Current points position: 8

 

Event-Specific Notes:
• The Floyds Knobs, Indiana, native considers the DENSO Spark Plugs U.S. Nationals to be his home race
• Butner will also compete in Super Comp at the event
• Butner reached the Comp Eliminator final round at Lucas Oil Raceway in 2004 and was runner-up to David Rampy
• In 2016, Butner was the Pro Stock No. 1 qualifier in Indy

Driver Notes:
• 2017 NHRA Pro Stock world champion Bo Butner is the driver of the Strutmasters/JBA (Jim Butner Auto Group) Chevrolet Camaro
• Floyds Knobs, Indiana, native Butner’s Chevy Pro Stocker is powered by KB Racing. He made his Pro Stock debut with KB Racing in Atlanta in 2015 and has claimed all 11 of his wins in the class with the championship team.
• An accomplished NHRA Sportsman racer, Butner earned the Comp Eliminator championship in 2006 and has four Division 3 season titles
• Butner has national event wins in six different categories (Pro Stock, Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Super Street, and Super Gas).

Butner at the DENSO Spark Plugs U.S. Nationals
Runner-up Comp Eliminator 2004 (David Rampy)
No. 1 qualifier Pro Stock 2016
Last year: Qualified No. 3; semifinals

Butner’s career stats following the 2020 Indy Nationals
(most recent Pro Stock event)
2017 NHRA Pro Stock champion
2006 Competition Eliminator champion
111 Pro Stock races
2 Pro Mod races
11 Pro Stock wins
14 Pro Stock runner-up finishes
25 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)
56 overall final rounds, including NHRA Sportsman and Professional competition
(25 Pro Stock, 13 Comp Eliminator, 6 Super Stock, 7 Stock Eliminator, 1 Super Street, 2 SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown, 2 Super Gas)
Career Pro Stock round wins: 163
Career best Pro Stock e.t.: 6.475
Career best Pro Stock speed: 214.28 mph

Bo Butner on social media:
Facebook.com/bobutnerprostock; Instagram @turbo_bobo; Twitter @boknowsracing

Quote:
“I’m really looking forward to this weekend. It’s a home race for us, and we’ve got a lot happening in our pit area and on the track. It’s going to be a really fun weekend, but of course you always go to a race to win. I’ve never won the U.S. Nationals in any class, and it’s time to change that.”

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

Race Info
66th DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals
Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis
Brownsburg, Indiana
September 3 – 6, 2020

Run Schedule (all times local)
Thursday, September 3
7:15 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman qualifying and time trials begin

Friday, September 4
7:00 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations begin, including Hemi Challenge
1:50 p.m. – Sportsman Allstars competition begins
4:00 p.m. – Factory Stock Showdown qualifying begins
5:15 p.m. – Pro Mod qualifying session 1
6:30 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 1

Saturday, September 5
7:00 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman, Factory Stock Showdown eliminations
12:45 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 2
5:15 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 3

Sunday, September 6
8:00 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations continue
10:00 a.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro eliminations begin,
eliminations for all categories continue

#NHRAonFOX Schedule (all times ET)
Qualifying / Saturday – 2-4 PM / FS1
Qualifying / Saturday – 10 PM-12 AM / FS1
Finals / Sunday – 11 AM-1 PM ET / FS1
Finals / Sunday – 1-4 PM ET / FOX

Event hashtags: #USNats, #BigGo

**Full results at DragRaceCentral.com**

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