Anderson takes Team Summit to the top on day one of the esteemed U.S. Nationals

Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil
photo: Auto Imagery

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Sept. 4, 2020) – It was a fine day for Greg Anderson and his Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro at the 66th annual running of the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals. Anderson, one of the most outspoken drivers regarding the honor and prestige of this historic race, powered his Americana-themed Pro Stocker to a super speedy 6.549-second pass at 209.52 mph to claim the provisional pole.

If Anderson should retain his position at the top of the qualifying sheet, he will secure the sixth U.S. Nationals No. 1 qualifier award of his career.

“It was going through the gears so fast, I didn’t know if it was frying the tires or really running fast. Apparently, it was really running fast,” said Anderson with a shake of his head after making the impressive pass. His efforts netted three bonus points as the quickest of the round.

Summit Racing teammate Jason Line, who was No. 1 qualifier at each of the most recent two events, is No. 6 on a 6.582, 209.17 in his silver Camaro. The KB Racing team has five of their six Chevrolet Pro Stock cars in the top half of the field; Matt Hartford is No. 3, Bo Butner is No. 4 with top speed (210.05), and Deric Kramer is No. 7. Rookie Pro Stock pilot Kyle Koretsky is in the No. 9 position.

“All of the KB Racing Chevys want to run good,” said Anderson. “We’re very confident that tomorrow Kyle is going to run well. We’re in good shape, and we’re pretty happy with the results today.”

Anderson is in the hunt for the 105th No. 1 of his career, and in order to seal the deal, he’ll have to keep ahead of the competition through two more qualifying rounds on Saturday. The seasoned driver and 94-time Pro Stock victor heads into the second day of Indy with confidence, though, because he fully appreciates all of the magic that this race holds.

“I’ve told the world so many times: I love racing at Indy,” said Anderson, a six-time U.S. Nationals winner. “This race brings out the best in everybody. To be No. 1 at the U.S. Nationals would be a heck of a feather in the cap.”

Qualifying continues on Saturday at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis with sessions scheduled at 12:45 and 5:20 pm ET.

Team Summit Driver Results:

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Results:
Q1: 6.582-second at 209.17 mph (No. 6)

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Results:
Q1: 6.549-second at 209.52 mph (No. 1, +3 bonus points)

Bo Butner
KB Racing, Strutmasters.com/Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Results:
Q1: 6.576-second at 210.05 mph (No. 4)

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)
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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