Sportsman Blog: Hannah Line Sums Up NHRA Brainerd

70918772_2489134894516655_6207827819901222912_oHey all! Very sorry for the delay in getting my blog out on the Brainerd Nationals. It was quite the weekend! Things started out well in qualifying, however, I bowed out in the first round of class to the eventual D/SA class winner, Tracy Fairchild.

Eliminations started Friday morning and my first round opponent was Tracy again. I had my game face ready and was .008 on the starting line. It gave me a little bit of an advantage. I went on to win two rounds Saturday before facing Tyler Wudarczyk in the fourth and final round for Saturday. If you know Tyler, he is an amazing racer. I left the starting line and my win light was on. WE WERE RACING SUNDAY!

I wish that I could describe the feeling of racing on Sunday at a national event. It was really cool to see that three of the four semi-finalists were racing on Sunday at a national event for the first time. It was great to see one of us 3 make it to the finals and win. This win was a very special one for Chris Knudsen and his family.

Chris was my opponent in the semifinals match up. I turned it -.015 red to his -.020 red. It was such an emotional loss, but I had nothing to be ashamed of. I was, and am, so proud of the way I drove that weekend. After struggling with my driving for a season or so, it really helped to boost my confidence.

Coming off my performance at the Brainerd Nationals, I felt very confident going into my last few races of the 2019 season. We’ve finished our season now, and I believe I will be a spectator for the rest of the year as I recently started school.

Thank you to all the people that reached out to me following the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd. Your kind words were much appreciated!

Follow Hannah at Facebook.com/hannah.5210 and on Instagram @hannahline.5210

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Team Summit Pre-Race Package: NHRA St. Louis

13th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals

Photo credit: Auto Imagery

Pro Stock race 14 of 18, Countdown to the Championship race 2 of 6

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS7
Current points position: No. 8

Event-Specific Notes:
• Greg Anderson, driver of the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, is seeking a fifth Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Championship. He enters the NHRA Midwest Nationals holding down the No. 8 spot in the 2019 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship.
• Anderson holds the World Wide Technology Raceway Pro Stock track record for elapsed time at 6.492-second, set in 2015

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 won their first race together in 2001. They have been racing together for nearly two decades and have, along with crew chief Rob Downing, built a team that now owns 157 national event wins and eight championships.
• Anderson is a four-time NHRA Pro Stock world champion (2003-05, 2010)
• Anderson is the most decorated Pro Stock driver on the current tour. He has 93 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 is the third-most of any Pro driver ever

Anderson at the NHRA Midwest Nationals in St. Louis
2 wins in 5 final rounds
Won 2017 (defeated Jason Line)
Runner-up 2005 (Kurt Johnson)
Won 2004 (defeated Steve Johns)
Runner-up 2002 (Jeg Coughlin Jr.)
Runner-up 2000 (Ron Krisher)
No. 1 in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2014, 2017
Last year: Qualified No. 8; second round

Anderson’s career stats through 2019 Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals in Reading
(most recent event)
4-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2003-05, 2010)
465 Pro Stock races
93 wins
63 runner-up finishes
156 overall final rounds
103 No. 1 qualifier awards
Career best e.t.: 6.457
Career best speed: 215.48

Quote:
“We’ve made some changes and done some testing because we haven’t had it quite right with my car yet. The red Summit Racing Chevy Camaro has a very tight tuning window, and there has just been no room for even the tiniest mistake. That makes it almost impossible to tune, but we’ve been working with it, and we are beginning to feel a little more confident. This is an important race, and how we do in St. Louis will have a lot to do with where we end up at the end of the season. There is a lot on the line in the Countdown, and it’s just a dogfight. Hopefully, we have a happy racecar this weekend, because that could make all the difference.”

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS5
Current points position: No. 1

Event-Specific Notes:
• Wright, Minnesota-native Jason Line, driver of the silver Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro, enters the second race of the 2019 Countdown to the Championship as the points leader. He took over the top spot after winning in Reading (the last event on the tour).
• St. Louis is one of just five races on the current tour where Line has yet to score a victory
• Line holds the track record for speed at World Wide Technology Raceway for his 213.47 mph pass recorded there in 2012
• Over the course of the regular season, Line has claimed low elapsed time twice (nine times overall for KB Racing) and top speed of the event four times (11 times in 13 races for KB Racing)

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 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 NHRA Midwest Nationals in St. Louis
3 final rounds
Runner-up 2017 (Greg Anderson)
Runner-up 2014 (Dave Connolly)
Runner-up 2009 (Jeg Coughlin Jr.)
No. 1 in 2008, 2012

Line’s career stats through 2019 Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals in Reading
(most recent event)
3-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2006, 2011, 2016)
1993 NHRA Stock Eliminator champion
369 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

Quote:
“Right now, I have the best Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro I’ve had in years. That’s a good feeling going into the Countdown, but you never know. You have to stay on top of things, and you have to be your best if you’re going to make it happen. We didn’t bring the championship home to Ken Black last year, but I like our chances right now. These next six races are going to be tough, and you’re really going to have to earn it. We have a little bit of momentum, though, and hopefully, we can build on that. I’d like to start next year with a big No. 1 on the window.”

Line on the WFO Radio Podcast:
“In St. Louis, I’m just going to do the same things that I did last week in Reading. I feel good about it, and I feel like I owe that place. It’s the site of my only DNQ, and that’s my biggest blemish in Pro Stock racing. I’d say that I’m over it, but that would be a lie. I still feel like I owe that place a good, swift kick. We’re going to go there and try to get it done.”

Bo Butner
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS8
Current points position: No. 2

Event-Specific Notes:
• Bo Butner, the 2017 NHRA Pro Stock world champion, led the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series points throughout the entire regular season. After a bit of a stumble in Reading, he is No. 2 in the championship standings.
• The Floyds Knobs, Indiana, native has four wins in four Pro Stock final rounds so far this year. Overall, he has 11 wins in a total of 102 career Pro Stock races.
• Butner, flying the Summit Racing colors, will also compete in the SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown at the Midwest Nationals in his 2019 Cobra Jet Mustang
• Butner was the winner of the very first Factory Stock Showdown, which took placed in Indy at the U.S. Nationals in 2012. Although it was won at a national event, it was then considered an exhibition and was not officially deemed a national event win.
• He so far has four FSS wins and has been to the final round at two FSS events this season. Once considered an exhibition, the FSS is now considered an official NHRA class; if Butner should win a Factory Stock Showdown trophy, it would be the seventh category in which he will have scored a national event win.
• In addition to his success in Pro Stock in 2019, Butner has won in Super Gas and twice been runner-up in the Factory Stock Showdown to create a scenario in which he has the potential to claim three season championships in one year.
• Butner has not yet won in any class in St. Louis at the national event level

Driver Notes:
• Butner won the first race of the 2019 season and then again in Gainesville, Las Vegas, and Richmond. He enters the Midwest Nationals No. 2 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 won Super Gas in Sonoma this season in his very first race in the category 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 has 11 Pro Stock wins on his scorecard

Butner at the NHRA Midwest Nationals in St. Louis
2 final rounds
2016 Runner-up in Pro Stock (Alex Laughlin)
2013 Runner-up in Super Stock (Bill Rowe)
Last year: Qualified No. 4; second round

Butner’s career stats through 2019 Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals in Reading
(most recent event)
2017 NHRA Pro Stock champion
2006 Competition Eliminator champion
102 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

Quote:
“We’re doing some testing with our Cobra Jet Mustang for the Factory Stock Showdown before St. Louis because I haven’t been happy with the performance of that car lately. We’re going to be racing both the showdown and our Jim Butner Auto Group Chevy Camaro in Pro Stock, so it will be a fun weekend. Our Pro Stock car is definitely capable of winning. I’m happy for the KB Racing victory in Reading [two weeks ago] – I know Ken and Judy Black are happy, so that puts a smile on all of our faces. We want to keep everyone smiling and keep those final rounds and trophies coming. I need to win a race in the shootout, and we definitely have the car to do it there, too. It would be great to win a championship in the Factory Stock Showdown, but it’s going to be tough to get around Drew [Skillman]. We have to go more rounds than him, so we’ll see what happens – but I’m just happy to even be in the top 10.”

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals, Countdown to the Championship race 1 of 6)

1. Jason Line (2), 2194
2. Bo Butner (4), 2155

3. Alex Laughlin (1), 2139
4. Erica Enders, 2116
5. Matt Hartford (1), 2103
6. Jeg Coughlin (1), 2099
7. Deric Kramer (1), 2095
8. Greg Anderson (2), 2092

9. Chris McGaha (1), 2041
10. Val Smeland, 2031

Race Info
8th annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals
World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway
St. Louis
September 27-29, 2019

Run Schedule (all times ET)
Friday, September 27
7:30am – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman qualifying, time trials begin
2:15pm – SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown qualifying session 1
3:15pm – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 1
5:00pm – SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown qualifying session 2
6:00pm – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 2

Saturday, September 28
8:00am – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations begin
12:45pm – SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown qualifying session 3
1:45pm – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 3
3:30pm – SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown round one
4:30pm – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 4

Sunday, September 29
11am – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series eliminations begin,
eliminations for all other categories continue

#NHRAonFOX Schedule (all times ET)
Qualifying / Friday – 6-7 PM ET / FS1
Qualifying / Sunday – 1-2 PM ET / FS1
Finals / Sunday – 2-5 PM ET / FS1

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

KB Racing retains provisional pole, Butner on top at U.S. Nationals

1914-004593INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 31, 2019) – The battle for the first Race Star Wheels Pro Stock No. 1 qualifier award is well underway at the 65th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals. Jason Line, driver of the silver Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro and the first to campaign Race Star Wheels on his Pro Stocker, scored the provisional pole on the first day of qualifying. On day two, though, KB Racing teammate Bo Butner snatched it.

Sunday at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis will provide two more qualifying rounds before the field is set, the No. 1 spot is decided, and the Race Star Wheels bonus is secured.

“I’ve had the car for weeks now, I just haven’t driven it well. I think I drove decent that time,” said Butner, following his 6.559-second pass at 210.28 mph that moved him into the top spot, bumping Line’s 6.561 at top speed 210.64 down to second.

In addition to vaulting to the provisional No. 1, Butner also scooped up four bonus points in the third session to go along with the two he earned on the first day of Pro Stock racing at Indy. The Pro Stock points leader and 2017 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world champion is eager to finish the regular season on a strong note and start the Countdown to the Championship on solid footing.

The underlying vibe at the historic U.S. Nationals, of course, is one of reverence, and something Butner feels each time he competes at the racetrack that is just three hours from his home in Floyds Knobs, Ind.

“I’m just happy to have the chance to race at the U.S. Nationals,” he said. “The more you sit and think about it, the more goosebumps you get. It’s pretty cool.”

Butner, who has never won a U.S. Nationals trophy, will have two shots to claim one. He is also racing in the SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown, a specialty series that takes place during select NHRA national events. The competition showcases the drag-racing ready, factory-built vehicles produced by Detroit’s Big Three by way of the Ford Mustang Cobra Jet, the Dodge Challenger Drag Pak, and Chevrolet’s COPO Camaro.

“That Pro Stock run there, I didn’t have my normal crew chief, Darrel Herron,” Butner stated. “He’s on his way down to Floyds Knobs right now – it’ll be six hours round-trip – to change our Factory Stock Showdown motor out so I can have it for the first-round tomorrow. We’ll be competitive then. We made a little mistake tuning on the shootout car, but it’ll be good. It’s going to pull big wheelies, and that car is always fun to drive.”

Butner and his Herron-built Summit Racing Cobra Jet Mustang will square off with Leah Pritchett in the first round of eliminations for the Factory Stock Showdown.

Qualifying for Pro Stock at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals continues on Sunday at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis with sessions scheduled at 1:15 and 4:15 pm ET. Round one of the SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown is scheduled to take place after Pro qualifying has concluded.

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Results:
Q1: 6.570-second at 209.62 mph (No. 1, +4 bonus points)
Q2: 6.570, 210.01 (No. 1, +4)
Q3: 6.561, 210.64 (No. 2, +3)

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Results:
Q1: 6.611-second at 207.94 mph (No. 8)
Q2: 6.594, 209.36 (No. 9)
Q3: 6.580, 209.01 (No. 6)

Bo Butner
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Results:
Q1: 6.592-second at 209.95 mph (No. 3, +2 bonus points)
Q2: 6.599, 208.71 (No. 7)
Q3: 6.559, 210.28 (No. 1, +4)

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, race 11 of 18)

1. Bo Butner (4), 874*
2. Greg Anderson (2), 802*
3. Alex Laughlin, 794*
4. Jason Line (1), 774*
5. Matt Hartford (1), 753*
6. Deric Kramer (1), 709*
7. Erica Enders, 697*
8. Jeg Coughlin (1), 663*
9. Chris McGaha (1), 581*
10. Kenny Delco, 363
11. Fernando Cuadra, 360

*Clinched berth in NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship

Race Info
65th Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals
Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianolis
Brownsburg, Indiana
August 28 – September 2, 2019

Run Schedule (all times local)
Sunday, September 1
7:45 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations continue
12:30 p.m. – Factory Stock Showdown round 1
1:15 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Qualifying session 4
3:20 p.m. – Factory Stock Showdown round 2
4:15 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Qualifying session 5
6:45 p.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations continue

Monday, September 2
10:00 a.m. – Pre-race ceremonies
11:00 a.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro eliminations begin,
eliminations for all categories continue

#NHRAonFOX Schedule (all times ET)
Qualifying / Sunday – 2-4 PM ET / FS1
Qualifying / Sunday – 4-6 PM ET / FS1 / LIVE
Finals / Monday – 11 AM-1 PM ET / FS1 /LIVE
Finals / Monday – 1-4 PM ET / FOX / LIVE

Event tags, hashtags: @TeamChevy #USNats and #BigGo
**Full results at DragRaceCentral.com**

Stock Eliminator: They’ve Got Class

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Matt Welker was among the Stock Eliminator class winners on Thursday at the 65th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals. Welker wheeled his ’68 Camaro to the E/S trophy.

Winning class at Indy. It’s an accomplishment that most every Stock Eliminator and Super Stock competitor dreams of, but it’s also one of the most difficult things to pull off. The entry list for Stock balloons to capacity every year at the U.S. Nationals, and this year’s rendition fell right in step as 159 competitors brought their best to the table.

Super Stock class will run on Friday, and here’s who came out on top in Thursday’s Stock class eliminations at the 65th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals (pending tech):

A/S
Randy Mans
’00 Firebird
Fourth U.S. Nationals class win

A/SA
Steve Wann
’62 Fury
Seventh U.S. Nationals class win

AA/SA
Doug Box
’69 Camaro
First U.S. Nationals class win

B/S
Wayne Totaro
’00 Firebird
Second consecutive U.S. Nationals class win

B/SA
Jim Boudreau
’69 Camaro
11th U.S. Nationals class win

C/S
Ken Vaughn
’96 Corvette
12th U.S. Nationals class win

C/SA
Bobby Brannon
’15 Camaro
Third U.S. Nationals class win

D/S
Sheila Holt
’66 Nova
First U.S. Nationals class win

D/SA
Andrew Hill
’70 Camaro
Fourth U.S. Nationals class win

E/S
Matt Welker
’68 Camaro
Fifth U.S. Nationals class win

E/SA
Jimmy Hidalgo Jr
’04 GTO
Fourth U.S. Nationals class win

EF/S
Brent Kopejtk
’86 Charger
First U.S. Nationals class win

F/S
David Walther
’69 Camaro
26th U.S. Nationals class win

F/SA
Doug Duell
’69 Barracuda
First U.S. Nationals class win

FS/A
Anthony Bongiovanni
’10 Mustang
Fourth U.S. Nationals class win

FS/B
Jimmy Ronzello
’10 Mustang
Third U.S. Nationals class win

FS/C
Carl Weisinger
’15 Challenger
Sixth U.S. Nationals class win

FS/D
Paul Candies
’15 Challenger
Second U.S. Nationals class win

FS/E
Charley Downing
’14 Mustang
Eighth U.S. Nationals class win

FS/F
Tyler Cassil
’15 Camaro
Fifth U.S. Nationals class win

FS/G
George Wright
’12 Mustang
Second U.S. Nationals class win

G/SA
Jimmy Hidalgo
’91 Corvette
Second U.S. Nationals class win

H/S
Donnie Beeler
’91 Corvette
20th U.S. Nationals class win

H/SA
Chris Butcher
’83 Camaro
Sixth U.S. Nationals class win

I/SA
Katie Sepanek
’72 Chevelle
Second U.S. Nationals class win

J/SA
Jim Marshall
’77 Nova
Seventh U.S. Nationals class win

K/S
Tommy Turner
’85 Mustang
Sixth U.S. Nationals class win

K/SA
Eugene Monahan
’89 Firebird
Fifth U.S. Nationals class win

L/SA
Bob Gere
’72 Grand Sport
Ninth U.S. Nationals class win

M/SA
Marcus Widuch
’79 Aspen
Second U.S. Nationals class win

N/SA
Steve Sullivan
’88 Mustang
Third U.S. Nationals class win

O/SA
Paul Wong
’86 C-10
10th U.S. Nationals class win

P/SA
Marty Buth
’84 Mustang
17th U.S. Nationals class win

U/SA
Brian Seaburg
’72 Comet
Second consecutive U.S. Nationals class win

V/SA
Dan Tool
’80 Mustang
First U.S. Nationals class win

Stick Combo
U/S
Gary Summers
’77 Mustang
16th U.S. Nationals class win

Factory Stock Combo
FS/K
Bill Dyer
’10 Mustang
11th U.S. Nationals class win

Vonnie Mills: Welcome to the Big Show

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Top Sportsman and Top Dragster competitors have waited a long time for this. The drivers of these hyper-efficient beasts were invited to bring their machines to Indy for this week’s 65th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, and a combined 75 gleefully answered the call.

Among the Top Sportsman competitors towing to the staging lanes for the first round of qualifying at the venerable event was Vonnie Mills, of Kennedyville, Md., and her Show-n-Tell 2006 Chevy Cobalt.

“We’ve been waiting for Top Sportsman to race here for a very long time,” said Mills, who was accompanied at the track by her family, including husband Eddie.

Mills has been racing since before her kids were born – over 34 years – and has been involved in the Top Sportsman class for about a decade.

“We ran Super Gas and Super Comp for a long, long time,” she said. “I’m drawn to it because of the speed, and it’s very competitive. We’ve won some national events and finished No. 8 in the world last year. It was probably our best year ever, but we’re excited to be here. We really wanted to be here for the first time they ran Top Sportsman at the U.S. Nationals.”

 

Cody Herron: All in the Stock Eliminator Family

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Cody Herron with the FS/C Cobra Jet Mustang built by his father, Darrel.

As per the norm, Stock Eliminator is jam-packed at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. Although a few of the regular players are missing, many more of the 159 super-cool Stockers probably ring a bell.

If the guy standing behind Cody Herron’s orange FS/C Cobra Jet Mustang on the starting line looks familiar, that’s because it’s his dad, Darrel Herron, crew chief on Bo Butner’s Pro Stock Chevy Camaro and his Summit Racing-branded Factory Stock Showdown Cobra Jet.

The 28-year-old Herron is in his element on the dragstrip and started racing with his dad 20 years ago. Back then, though, it was in a Jr. dragster.

“We started racing Juniors when I was 8 years old out at Ohio Valley Dragway,” said New Albany, Ind., resident Herron. “And we used to race here back then, when they would take the points leaders from so many tracks and let them run the Division 3 race.”

Even though Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis is a racetrack Herron considers home, the magic of Indy isn’t lost on the second-generation drag racer who is racing at the U.S. Nationals for the second time in his life.

“This is a big deal. It’s The Big Go,” said Herron. “There are a lot of guys who can’t even get in; it’s the fastest of the fast. These are the baddest cars in the nation, and the guys driving them have a lot of seat-time and knowledge. This is a really big event for us. If you could win one race and never win again, this would be it. I’d take that trade.”

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Darrel Herron stands behind his son, Cody, who is racing Stock Eliminator in his second Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals

Team Summit Pre-Race Package: Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals

Photo credit: Auto Imagery

KB Racing, Pro Stock race 12 of 18

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS7
Current points position: No. 2

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 currently competing professional driver
• 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:
• 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 won their first race together in 2001. They have been racing together for nearly two decades and have, along with crew chief Rob Downing, built a team that now owns 157 national event wins and eight championships.
• Anderson is a four-time NHRA Pro Stock world champion (2003-05, 2010)
• Anderson is the most decorated Pro Stock driver on the current tour. He has 93 national event wins and is the second-most winning driver of all time in the category (W. Johnson has 97).

Anderson at the Chevrolet Performance 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. 2; second round

*Anderson’s first career final round

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

Quote:
“You’d like to be the No. 1 seed going into the Countdown to the Championship, and it’s certainly possible. We fell off the horse a little bit there in Brainerd with my red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, but Indy is very special for us. It’s been a very good race for me, and I love it there, I just love it. None of the magic of Indy is lost for me, so this is a big one. It’s one I look forward to all year, and to do well there and close out the regular season on a high note means everything.”

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS5
Current points position: No. 4

Event-Specific Notes:
• Jason Line, driver of the silver Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro, will be competing in Pro Stock, as usual, and will also race his ’70 Buick GS in Stock Eliminator
• The Wright, Minn., native is the most recent winner on the tour; two weeks ago he claimed the trophy in Brainerd at his home track
• Line holds the Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis Pro Stock track record for elapsed time at 6.538-second, set in 2011
• Line has won at all but four racetracks on the current NHRA tour (Epping, Denver, Indianapolis, St. Louis)

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 51 national event wins on his scorecard: 49 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 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 Chevrolet Performance 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 through 2019 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd
(most recent Pro Stock event)
3-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2006, 2011, 2016)
1993 NHRA Stock Eliminator champion
367 Pro Stock races
49 Pro Stock wins
51 overall wins, including NHRA Sportsman and Professional categories
(2 Stock Eliminator, 49 Pro Stock)
52 runner-up finishes
101 Pro Stock final rounds
103 overall final rounds, including NHRA Sportsman and Professional competition
(2 Stock Eliminator, 101 Pro Stock)
55 Pro Stock No. 1 qualifier awards
Career best e.t.: 6.455
Career best speed: 215.17

Quote:
“You’d like to think that the momentum could carry on into the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, but the truth is that one little event can change everything. It’s a tough sport, and right now, everybody is so equal – there is no margin for error. You have to have a little bit of luck as well, and I had that in Brainerd. You just hope that carries on. But all of that is what makes it so special when you win. It’s a big deal going to Indy with at least one win for the season. We might not be able to get into the Countdown in the top spot, but you want to be near the top. That’s what we’re aiming for.”

Bo Butner
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS8
Current points position: No. 1

Event-Specific Notes:
• The Floyds Knobs, Indiana, native considers the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals his home race
• Butner, flying the Summit Racing colors, will also compete in the SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown at the U.S. Nationals in his 2019 Cobra Jet Mustang
• Butner was the winner of the very first Factory Stock Showdown, which took placed in Indy at the U.S. Nationals in 2012. Although it was won at a national event, it was then considered an exhibition and was not officially deemed a national event win.
• He has four previous FSS wins, including the 2015 trophy in Gainesville, and has been to the final round at two FSS events this season. Once considered an exhibition, the FSS is now considered an official NHRA class; if Butner should win a Factory Stock Showdown trophy, it would be the seventh category in which he will have scored a national event win.
• Butner reached the Comp Eliminator final round there 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
• The successful and diverse Sportsman competitor won Super Gas in Sonoma this season in his very first race in the category and was runner-up in Brainerd two weeks ago. Last weekend, Butner was runner-up in Super Gas at the divisional event in Bowling Green, Ky. He now has national event wins in six different categories (Pro Stock, Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Super Stre4et, and Super Gas).

Driver Notes:
• Butner won the first race of the 2019 season and then again in Gainesville, Las Vegas, and Richmond. He is the incoming points leader.
• 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 has 11 Pro Stock wins on his scorecard

Butner at the Chevrolet Performance 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 through 2019 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd
(most recent Pro Stock event)
2017 NHRA Pro Stock champion
2006 Competition Eliminator champion
100 races
11 Pro Stock wins
13 Pro Stock runner-up finishes
24 overall Pro Stock final rounds
10 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

Quote:
“We’ve been having a lot of fun lately with the Super Gas car, but in Indy I get to get back in the Factory Stock Showdown car, and that’s something I’ve really been looking forward to. This is our home track, and to get a win – or maybe even double up with the Showdown car and the Pro Stock Camaro – would just be awesome. It’s something you dream of, but it’s going to take a lot of work and a lot of luck. I’m confident, like always, but a win here would be very special for us.”

Butner’s 2019 SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown results:
Gainesville: did not qualify
Charlotte: No. 2 qualifier, final round
Richmond: No. 1 qualifier, final round
Topeka: No. 2 qualifier, semifinals
Norwalk: No. 3 qualifier, semifinals

2019 Factory Stock Showdown Championship Standings
(after the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, race 5 of 8)

1. Drew Skillman, 447
2. Bo Butner, 358
3. Bill Skillman, 335
4. Stephen Bell, 280
5. David Barton, 274
6. Chris Holbrook, 253
7. Arthur Kohn, 244
8. Randy Taylor, 230
9. Kevin Skinner, 228
10. Scott Libersher, 220
11. Ryan Priddy, 176
12. Leah Pritchett, 163
13. Pete Gasko Jr., 149
14. David Janac, 139
15. Carl Tasca, 122

2019 SCHOOL OF AUTOMOTIVE MACHINISTS & TECHNOLOGY SCHEDULE
March 14-17 Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, Gainesville, Fla.
April 26-28 NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, Charlotte, N.C.
May 17-19 Virginia NHRA Nationals, Richmond, Va.
June 7-9 Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals, Topeka, Kan.
June 20-23 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, Norwalk, Ohio
Aug. 28-Sept. 2 Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis
Sept. 27-29 AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, St. Louis
Oct. 17-20 AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, Dallas

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, race 11 of 18)

1. Bo Butner (4), 874*
2. Greg Anderson (2), 802*
3. Alex Laughlin, 794*
4. Jason Line (1), 774*
5. Matt Hartford (1), 753*
6. Deric Kramer (1), 709*
7. Erica Enders, 697*
8. Jeg Coughlin (1), 663*
9. Chris McGaha (1), 581*
10. Kenny Delco, 363
11. Fernando Cuadra, 360

*Clinched birth in Countdown to the Championship

Race Info
65th Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals
Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianolis
Brownsburg, Indiana
August 28 – September 2, 2019

Run Schedule (all times local)
Wednesday, August 28
8:00 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman qualifying and time trials begin
(Super Stock, Stock, Super Gas, Super Comp only)

Thursday, August 29
8:00 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman qualifying and time trials continue
(Super Stock, Stock, Super Gas, Super Comp, Top Dragster, Top Sportsman, Comp)

Friday, August 30
8:00 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations begin, including Hemi Challenge
5:45 p.m. – Factory Stock Showdown qualifying session 1
7:15 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 1

Saturday, August 31
8:00 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations continue
12:00 p.m. – Factory Stock Showdown qualifying session 2
1:15 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 2
3:20 p.m. – Factory Stock Showdown qualifying session 3
4:15 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 3
6:40 p.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations continue

Sunday, September 1
8:00 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations continue
12:30 p.m. – Factory Stock Showdown round 1
1:15 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Qualifying session 4
3:20 p.m. – Factory Stock Showdown round 2
4:15 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Qualifying session 5
6:45 p.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations continue

Monday, September 2
10:00 a.m. – Pre-race ceremonies
11:00 a.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro eliminations begin,
eliminations for all categories continue

#NHRAonFOX Schedule (all times ET)
Qualifying / Sunday – 2-4 PM ET / FS1
Qualifying / Sunday – 4-6 PM ET / FS1 / LIVE
Finals / Monday – 11 AM-1 PM ET / FS1 /LIVE
Finals / Monday – 1-4 PM ET / FOX / LIVE

Event tags, hashtags: @TeamChevy #USNats and #BigGo

**Full results at DragRaceCentral.com**

Points leader Butner picking up the pace in Pro Stock, going rounds in Super Gas at NHRA Brainerd

IMG_6897BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 17, 2019) – Pro Stock points leader Bo Butner, who wheels his Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro with a KB Racing bullet under the hood, had a racecar that came alive on the second day of qualifying at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. He also has a Super Gas car that has taken a liking to the conditions at Brainerd International Raceway, where he will head into Sunday eliminations with a shot at the title in both categories.

Butner’s best time of 6.624, 207.08 set him up for a start from the No. 3 position and a first-round meeting with Val Smeland in Pro Stock.

“I’ve been in a driving slump, and the car has been in a slump,” admitted Butner. “But I drove a little better this weekend, and the Jim Butner Auto Group Chevy Camaro is a lot better, so I feel really good. You like to go into the Countdown to the Championship thinking the car’s still got it and you’re capable, so today was good. I really believe driving the Chevy Corvette roadster in Super Gas and seeing the tree a few more times is making the difference. We’re down to four in Super Gas going into Sunday.”

Butner purchased the Super Gas car ahead of NHRA Sonoma Nationals a few weeks ago, entered the event, and won the race. After a second-round exit in Seattle, he is going to the semifinals in Brainerd.

“The second round in Seattle, I’m not a guy that slams the brakes on at the finish line, but you kind of have to. If I’d have done that at Seattle, I would have won that round,” said Butner, an avid Sportsman racer with 27 overall wins in NHRA national event competition. “So I told myself just go ahead and try it, and it’s worked out good. We’ve had a good little run with that car, and it’s a very good car. It’s the exact same Tree as Pro Stock, and it’s all about concentrating, staring at that bulb, and staging correctly. I haven’t hit the Tree great in the Pro Stock car, but I know how to get back to that. If our car is in the .020s on the Tree and goes A to B it’s hard to beat.”

The quick success that Butner has had in Super Gas has not gone unnoticed by his fellow Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series competitors.

“It’s so cool; all the Sportsman racers, even up here, they say, ‘I can’t believe you want to come do this,’ ” said Butner. “But it’s like, this is what I am. I never left Sportsman racing. The support has been great, and if we keep winning, I don’t know if the support will stay that way – but so far, it’s been great. A lot of [Pro] drivers have shown interest in getting a Super Gas or a Sportsman car, so that’s been neat, too. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s a good tool. It keeps me busy.”

Final eliminations for the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway will take place on Sunday, beginning at 11am CT.

Bo Butner
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Pro Stock results:
Q1: 6.643-second at 207.53 mph (No. 7)
Q2: 6.633, 206.64 (No. 6)
Q3: 6.624, 207.08 (No. 3)
Q4: 6.633, 206.76 (No. 3, +1 bonus point)

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals qualifying, race 11 of 18)

1. Bo Butner (4), 854*
2. Greg Anderson (2), 802*
3. Alex Laughlin, 774*
4. Matt Hartford (1), 713*
5. Jason Line, 694*
6. Deric Kramer (1), 669*
7. Jeg Coughlin (1), 643*
8. Erica Enders, 637*
9. Chris McGaha (1), 561
10. Kenny Delco, 363
11. Fernando Cuadra, 360

*Clinched berth in NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship

Race Info
38th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals
Brainerd International Raceway
Brainerd, Minnesota
August 15-18, 2019

Run Schedule (all times local)
Sunday, August 18
10:00 a.m. – Pre-race ceremonies
11:00 a.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro eliminations begin,
eliminations for all categories continue

#NHRAonFOX Schedule (all times ET)
Finals / Sunday – 2-5 PM ET / FS1

#BrainerdNats
**Full results at DragRaceCentral.com**

Bo Butner wins Super Gas in first attempt at class in Sonoma

IMG_5133Sonoma, Calif. (July 28, 2019) – In the Sportsman ranks at the 2019 NHRA Sonoma Nationals, Pro Stock points leader Bo Butner debuted in the Super Gas category driving a recently acquired ’63 Chevrolet Corvette roadster. As he did when he debuted in Super Street at the Columbus Sportsnationals in 2014, Butner won his very first attempt in the class.

“I knew coming into this that the car was good. I’m very happy with it, and I’m entered for next week in Seattle – but you ask yourself, do you race it or do you be one and done and perfect? We’ll probably race it, though,” said Butner, who has now won in six different categories: Pro Stock, Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Super Street, and Super Gas. Only seven drivers have ever accomplished the feat.

Butner purchased the car from West Coast racer Aaron Kinard. It is the same equipment in which Kinard finished No. 2 in the nation last season.

“One of my friends, Ron Erks, had this car back in 2000, and I think he won the world championship with it. Aaron Kinard kept it good and maybe even made it better,” said the now 27-time NHRA national event winner.

Butner defeated Linzi Meserve in the Sonoma final round, 9.949-second at 160.50 to 9.963, 158.76.

“Really, I felt like we were very lucky this weekend,” he continued. “But the guys helping me, like Kyle Seipel, Justin Lamb, Pete Biondo – all those guys – they’re some of the world’s best ever, and I have a lot of faith in them. Randi Lyn [Shipp, fiancée and seven-time Stock Eliminator winner] is doing her own math, and she’s right there with them on what to dial. I feel very confident with all that help. It’s a good feeling. They had it done right.”

The Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro Pro Stocker was also on par this weekend. Butner qualified No. 4 and went to the semifinals, where he fell to Laughlin.

“It’s a lot of fun, and believe it or not it keeps my mind off the other stuff. I always race better with two cars,” said Butner. “I got out of my element in the Pro Stock semis, and whenever I worry about anything happening in the other lane, I have a tendency to mess up. That’s exactly what happened. I hated it for KB Racing – it should have been two KB Racing cars in the final. But Greg got it done, so we’re happy.”

The next event on the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour will be the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Wash., August 2-4.

Pro Stock Results
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Results:
R1: Bo Butner defeated Steve Matusek, 6.561-second at 210.47 mph to 6.611, 209.49
R2: Butner def. Chris McGaha, 6.593, 210.05 to 6.745, 180.28
R3: Alex Laughlin def. Butner, 6.614, 209.95 to 6.632, 208.88

Super Gas Results
1963 Chevrolet Corvette roadster
Results:
R1: Bo Butner defeated Todd Barton, .017-second reaction time, 9.911-second at 170.67 mph to 9.874, 161.44
R2: Butner def. Ted Seipel, .016, 9.966, 169.64 to [broke]
R3: Butner def. George Scott, .015, 9.804, 163.85 to .017, 9.906, 165.92
R4: Butner def. [bye], .030, 9.981, 170.51
R5: Butner def. Steve Williams, .017, 9.915, 171.82 to -.007, 9.885, 165.21
R6: Butner def. Lynzi Meserve, .021, 9.949, 160.50 to .027, 9.963, 158.76