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

Team Summit withstands heat, heads into Sunday confident at NHRA Sonoma

32nd Sonoma NHRA Nationals

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Sonoma, Calif. (July 27, 2019) – California’s wine country is stunning, but in the dead of summer, it can be blazing hot. Saturday in Sonoma lived up to expectations, and for Team Summit, the weather wasn’t a blocker. Greg Anderson, driving the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, qualified in the No. 6 position, while teammate Jason Line wheeled the silver Summit Racing Chevy to the No. 7 spot. Line was quickest in the final session to end qualifying on a high note.

“My Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro is much better than it shows; I just did a lousy job of driving in the good qualifying session – otherwise, we would have been up there,” said Line, who clocked a 6.551-second pass at 211.13 mph in the fast Friday session. “This Camaro is really good, actually, so I’m excited. We have a good car tomorrow.”

Line, a three-time Sonoma Raceway winner, will square off with Richard Freeman in the opening act. Anderson, who has won Sonoma five times – more than any other active Pro Stock driver – will be looking for a repeat of last weekend in Denver, when he won the race. Anderson will begin his march to the final round with a first-round match with Kenny Delco.

“I’m a little disappointed I didn’t get off to a better start here, but I’m gaining on it, and the weather should be close tomorrow to what it was today,” said Anderson, who’s best pass of qualifying was also recorded in the Friday night round. He went 6.546, 208.55.

“We all have a tune-up for tomorrow now. There are a lot of good cars, and I think I’m going to be one of them. We’ll see if we can execute like we did last weekend. We’re on schedule for it.”

Bo Butner, driving the Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro, was also strong in Friday qualifying with a 6.534, 211.13. He scored the No. 4 spot and an opening-act meeting with Steve Matusek. In the final session of qualifying, Butner was second-quickest of the round with a 6.592, 209.65 that was only bested by Line.

“I’m happy with the Pro Stock Chevy Camaro,” said Butner. “That last round, that was good. We seem to have our car back from Virginia, when we won. It’s making good runs, and I think I’m doing a better job driving. It’s going to be fun tomorrow, but it’s going to be tough. I’m excited.”

Butner has double the reason to be eager for Sunday in Sonoma as he is also competing in Super Gas, one of the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Sportsman classes that run at NHRA national events. It is the first time Butner has raced in Super Gas, although he has national event wins in four other Sportsman categories.

“The Super Gas car is a very good car with a lot of history. It actually came from my neck of the woods, and then I purchased it from Aaron Kinard [who finished No. 2 in Super Gas national points last year],” said Butner. “It’s fun, but there is a lot of luck involved, and you just have to do your job. It’s competitive. But I love these Sportsman guys. I’ve got such a responsive, ‘hey man, we’re happy you’re here, what do you think, do you like it?’ It’s been really cool.

“I’ve got [Sportsman standouts] Kyle Seipel, Pete Biondo, Justin Lamb, and so many people helping us, and of course Aaron [Kinard] is calling every run. He’s pumped up, and I’m sure he misses the car. It could be him sitting there.”

Butner won his first three rounds of Super Gas eliminations on Saturday, and on Sunday he will have a bye run into the semifinals.

“Both of these classes are so competitive. We’re talking thousandths in both of them,” said Butner. “We don’t lift in the Pro Stock car, but we have to lift in the Super Gas car. I’m excited for tomorrow. It’s going to be fun.”

Final eliminations for the NHRA Sonoma Nationals will begin at 11am PST.

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Results:
Q1: 6.566-second at 210.11 mph (No. 5)
Q2: 6.546, 208.55 (No. 6)
Q3: 6.568, 209.65 (No. 6)
Q4: 6.611, 207.85 (No. 6)

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Results:
Q1: 6.557-second at 210.83 mph (No. 2, +2 bonus points)
Q2: 6.551, 211.13 (No. 7)
Q3: 6.567, 210.44 (No. 7, +1)
Q4: 6.582, 209.43 (No. 7)

Bo Butner
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Results:
Q1: 6.568-second at 210.64 mph (No. 7)
Q2: 6.534, 211.13 (No. 4)
Q3: 6.572, 210.11 (No. 4)
Q4: 6.592, 209.65 (No. 4, +2)

Race Info
32nd annual Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals
Sonoma Raceway
Sonoma, California
July 26-28, 2019

Sonoma Raceway Track Records
Top Fuel
Leah Pritchett, 3.669 (2017); Clay Millican, 332.75 (2018)
Funny Car
Robert Hight, 3.807 (2017); Hight, 339.87 (2017)
Pro Stock
Chris McGaha, 6.499 (2015); Shane Gray, 213.00 (2015)
Pro Stock Motorcycle
Angelle Sampey, 6.730 (2018); Hector Arana Jr., 200.35 (2018)

Run Schedule (all times local)
Sunday, July 28
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 – 2:30-3:30 PM ET / FS1
Finals / Sunday – 5-7 PM ET / FOX
PS & PSM Show / Sunday – 10-11p ET / FS1

#SonomaNats
**Results posted on DragRaceCentral.com**

Progress and Projection with KB Racing Crew Chief Rob Downing

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Team Summit’s KB Racing braintrust. From left, Jason Line, Dave Connolly, Denver winner Greg Anderson, and Crew Chief Rob Downing

Progress report following the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals (race 8 of 18) and ahead of the NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway

In Denver:
It was a challenge up there; everything was different. We ran really well there the year before, so we came in, set everything up like we did last year, and it worked out well on Friday. Saturday was a crazy day with the weather and everything, and we didn’t qualify well, so we left the track not feeling very good about Sunday. But we went back to basics, looked at things, and came to the track and just did what we thought would be right. It all added up and worked, and things went phenomenally well for Greg. It was a great day.

Overall grade:
If you take Saturday out, I’d say it was an A.

Looking toward Sonoma:
We’ve run well there in the past, won a fair amount of races. It’s always been a good place for us, so I’m excited to go there. There isn’t any particular challenge there for us, we just want to keep making progress.

Sonoma memories:
The schedule used to go Denver, Seattle, then Sonoma. When we swept the swing [in 2004], at that time, Sonoma was the last race of the three. Greg is the only Pro stock driver to ever have swept the swing, so that’s a really good memory.

Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro Pro Stock drivers Greg Anderson, near, and Jason Line

Team Summit Pre-Race Package NHRA Sonoma

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2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
NHRA Sonoma Nationals
KB Racing, Pro Stock race 9 of 18

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

Event-Specific Notes:
• The driver of the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro is the most recent winner on the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour. Anderson was victorious in Denver last weekend and earned the 92nd Pro Stock trophy of his career.
• Anderson’s five Sonoma Raceway wins top the successes of all other Pro Stock drivers there. He is one of just three drivers across all Pro categories to have five or more national event wins in California wine country (John Force has 8 in Funny Car, Doug Kalitta has five in Top Fuel)
• The Mooresville, N.C., resident is the only Pro Stock driver to have ever swept the Western Swing by winning Denver, Sonoma, and Seattle. He accomplished the feat in 2004. Only seven Mello Yello Series and one Lucas Oil Series drivers have ever done it.

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 championship winning driver 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 155 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 92 national event wins and is the second-most winning driver of all time in the category (W. Johnson has 97).

Anderson in Sonoma
5 wins in 9 final rounds
Won in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2016
Runner-up in 2002, 2003, 2009, 2012
No. 1 in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2018
Last year: Qualified No. 1; semifinals

Anderson’s career stats through 2019 NHRA Mile-High Nationals in Denver
(most recent Pro Stock event)
4-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2003-05, 2010)
460 Pro Stock races
92 wins
62 runner-up finishes
154 overall final rounds
103 No. 1 qualifier awards
Career best e.t.: 6.457
Career best speed: 215.48

Quotes:
“Sonoma Raceway is one of my favorite racetracks, and I’m excited to see if we can get the job done again this weekend. We got off to a slow start this year, but we got that break in the schedule, and it seems like that gave Team Summit a chance to make a gain. All of our Chevy Camaros are strong in the KB Racing camp, they’re all capable of winning every race we go to nowadays, so we’re pretty happy with that. It’s going to be an exciting rest of the season.”

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS5
Current points position: No. 5

Event-Specific Notes:
• Jason Line, driver of the silver Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro, has three wins in Sonoma entering this weekend’s event. Only one currently competing Pro Stock driver has more – his KB Racing teammate Greg Anderson.

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. It is the third most of any active driver in the category.
• The Mooresville, N.C.-based driver has 50 national event wins on his scorecard: 48 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 in Sonoma
3 wins in 5 final rounds
Won in 2006, 2009, 2014
Runner-up in 2007, 2010
Last year: Qualified No. 2; semifinals

Line’s career stats through 2019 NHRA Mile-High Nationals in Denver
(most recent event)
3-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2006, 2011, 2016)
1993 NHRA Stock Eliminator champion
364 Pro Stock races
48 Pro Stock wins
50 overall wins, including NHRA Sportsman and Professional categories
(2 Stock Eliminator, 48 Pro Stock)
52 runner-up finishes
100 Pro Stock final rounds
102 overall final rounds, including NHRA Sportsman and Professional competition
(2 Stock Eliminator, 100 Pro Stock)
54 Pro Stock No. 1 qualifier awards
Career best e.t.: 6.455
Career best speed: 215.17

Quotes:
“I like Sonoma, it’s been a good place for me, somewhere I’ve won a few times. I beat V. Gaines there once in the final, and that was a lot of fun. We had some issues in Denver with my car, but those have been addressed, and our Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaros are ready. We have very capable racecars right now, and Greg showed that last weekend. We plan to keep it going.”

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

Event-Specific Notes:
• Bo Butner reached the Pro Stock final round in Sonoma in both 2016 and 2017
• Butner will race Super Gas for the first time in a roadster that he purchased from West Coast racer Aaron Kinard. It is the same equipment in which Kinard finished No. 2 in the nation last season.

Driver Notes:
• Butner, the 2017 NHRA Pro Stock world champion, 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 in Sonoma
2 final rounds
Runner-up 2017 (Tanner Gray)
Runner-up in 2016 (Greg Anderson)
No. 1 in 2016
Last year: Qualified No. 4; first round

Butner’s career stats through 2019 NHRA Mile-High Nationals in Denver
(most recent event)
2017 NHRA Pro Stock champion
2006 Competition Eliminator champion
97 races
11 Pro Stock wins
13 Pro Stock runner-up finishes
24 overall Pro Stock final rounds
10 Pro Stock No. 1 qualifier awards
26 overall wins, including NHRA Sportsman competition
(11 Pro stock, 6 Comp Eliminator, 3 Super Stock, 5 Stock Eliminator, 1 Super Street)
53 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)
Career best e.t.: 6.475
Career best speed: 214.28

Quotes on Pro Stock:
“We’ll be racing Pro Stock at every race from here on out, and that’s good. I’m happy with our car, even though it didn’t show itself one run in Denver. We were on a great roll at the beginning of the year, so maybe now that we’ll be back at it for the rest of the year, we can get on another roll. I want to be good from Indy on.”

Quotes on Super Gas:
“This is a new venture in life. I’ve been wanting to do some more bracket racing – some of my friends put on big bracket races, and I want to be part of it. So, I bought, kind of, a whole team from a guy out in L.A., and we’re going to run one of his cars in Sonoma. We’ll try it. I have no clue what I’m doing, but hopefully, I’ll learn and we’ll go from there.

“I’ve never driven a roadster in my life. The first time I’ll be in the car is for the first time-trial. I know this is a very good car, and I have a lot of people helping me: Justin Lamb, Kyle Seipel, Jimmy DeFrank. They’re all happy for me because we have fun racing together. This is still fun for us.

“It’s the same Tree we hit in Pro Stock, and I want to study and be better. Whatever I can do to see the Tree as many times as I can.”

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals, race 8 of 18)

1. Bo Butner (4), 704
2. Greg Anderson (1), 561
3. Alex Laughlin, 554
4. Matt Hartford, 538
5. Jason Line, 503
6. Deric Kramer (1), 499
7. Jeg Coughlin (1), 484
8. Erica Enders, 480
9. Chris McGaha (1), 424
10. Rodger Brogdon, 320

Race Info
32nd annual Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals
Sonoma Raceway
Sonoma, California
July 26-28, 2019

Sonoma Raceway Track Records
Top Fuel
Leah Pritchett, 3.669 (2017); Clay Millican, 332.75 (2018)
Funny Car
Robert Hight, 3.807 (2017); Hight, 339.87 (2017)
Pro Stock
Chris McGaha, 6.499 (2015); Shane Gray, 213.00 (2015)
Pro Stock Motorcycle
Angelle Sampey, 6.730 (2018); Hector Arana Jr., 200.35 (2018)

Run Schedule (all times local)
Friday, July 26
9:30 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman qualifying and time trials begin
4:00 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 1
7:00 p.m. – Pro Stock qualifying session 2
8:00 p.m. – Funny Car and Top Fuel qualifying session 2

Saturday, July 27
9:15 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations begin
1:20 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 3
4:20 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 4

Sunday, July 28
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 / Friday – 7-8 PM ET / FS1
Qualifying / Sunday – 2:30-3:30 PM ET / FS1
Finals / Sunday – 5-7 PM ET / FOX
PS & PSM Show / Sunday – 10-11p ET / FS1

#SonomaNats
**Results posted on DragRaceCentral.com**

Team Summit’s Greg Anderson returns to winning ways at NHRA Mile-High Nationals

MORRISON, Colo. (July 21, 2019) –

40th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals

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It has been a full year since Greg Anderson won a Pro Stock trophy. It’s been a downright painful drought, because the driver of the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro has had a very fast car, and he has wheeled it powerfully well. It finally all came together again at this weekend’s 40th annual Mile-High NHRA Nationals, where Anderson took Team Summit to the winner’s circle and claimed his 92nd Pro Stock win.

“It’s been a really long year,” said Anderson, whose last victory came at Bandimere Speedway last season. “This is for you guys at Summit Racing; thank you for sticking with me. Maybe this will kickstart our season. I knew we were peaking. I knew we were gaining ground the last few races, and we put it all together here without a doubt.”

Anderson has been on a steady climb this season, starting off slowly but then moving up in the standings bit by bit, with two semifinals and one final round performance over the course of the last four events. With the win in Denver, he is now No. 2 in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock points, with only KB Racing-powered Bo Butner ahead of him.

“This feels good,” said Anderson, who now has four Denver wins in four final rounds. “It’s been a year since I’ve been able to win a race, and the class is just tough. I’m 58, and I’m certainly not getting any younger. It’s tough to hang with these guys on the starting line when the cars are the same, and that makes it hard to win. So, I’m proud. I had a good day. The car was great, just like it was a year ago here. My Summit Racing Chevy loves Bandimere Speedway, and every year I consider this my best chance to win.

“It feels wonderful to get the job done, and everybody did a great job. The car was flawless all day long, and the driver didn’t screw it up.”

His Summit Racing Chevy clocked low elapsed time of the event with a 6.939-second pass in the second round, and in the semifinals he had top speed of the meet with a 197.68 mph pass. In three of four rounds, Anderson was first to leave the starting line.

Anderson’s voyage to the final began with a first-round meeting with Fernando Cuadra, a driver to whom KB Racing supplies power and support. There, Anderson clocked a winning 6.960, 197.54 to his challenger’s 6.986, 196.59.

Of note: Cuadra, whose son, Cristian, was making his NHRA Pro Stock debut at the event with Chris McGaha power for his non-Chevy entry, also saw his son, David (Cristian’s twin brother), make his debut in Top Sportsman and win his first round of eliminations. Fernando Cuadra Jr., the eldest son to Cuadra Sr., was racing in his second Pro Stock event.

A second-round defeat of No. 1 qualifier Richard Freeman was followed by holeshot win over Colorado-native Deric Kramer, and with lane choice in the final, Anderson scored the victory over Matt Hartford, 6.950, 196.96 to 6.965, 196.96.

It was the first time the two had met in the money round, but the 10th time they’d come up head-to-head during eliminations. Anderson has won each race the two have contested against one another.

“It was a very good race,” said Anderson. “I had a lot of great races today, and that was another one. The car performed perfectly, and it was a great race down the racetrack. The drivers did their jobs, but one guy has to win and one guy has to lose.”

The next NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event will be the NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway next weekend, July 26-28, 2019.

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Results:
R1: Greg Anderson defeated Fernando Cuadra, 6.960-second at 197.54 mph to 6.986, 196.59
R2: Anderson defeated Richard Freeman, 6.939, 196.19 to 7.039, 196.24
R3: Anderson defeated Deric Kramer, 6.954, 197.68 to 6.949, 197.42
Final: Anderson defeated Matt Hartford, 6.950, 196.96 to 6.965, 196.96

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Results:
R1: Jason Line defeated Steve Matusek, 6.978-second at 197.19 mph to 14.4566, 58.95
R2: Deric Kramer def. Line, 6.945, 196.93 to 7.039, 196.24

Bo Butner
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Results:
R1: Deric Kramer defeated Bo Butner, 6.946-second at 196.94 mph to 6.989, 197.10

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals, race 8 of 18)

1. Bo Butner (4), 704
2. Greg Anderson (1), 561
3. Alex Laughlin, 554
4. Matt Hartford, 538
5. Jason Line, 503
6. Deric Kramer (1), 499
7. Jeg Coughlin (1), 484
8. Erica Enders, 480
9. Chris McGaha (1), 424
10. Rodger Brogdon, 320

#MileHighNats
**Full results posted at DragRaceCentral.com**

Anderson scores provisional pole on first day of NHRA Mile-High Nationals

40th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals

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MORRISON, Colo. (July 19, 2019) – The thin air of Denver proved to be a non-issue for KB Racing and Team Summit as Greg Anderson powered the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro to the top of the pack on the first day of qualifying for the 40th annual Mile-High NHRA Nationals. Anderson, the defending event champion and a three-time winner on the mountain, is off to a strong start in seeking his first win of the 2019 season of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

“I love racing here,” said Anderson, who has four previous poles at Bandimere Speedway, most recently in 2008. “On the years you run good, you really love it. Some of the years I’ve been here, I’ve left saying, ‘I can’t wait to get off this mountain.’ It’s a huge challenge, but that’s what makes this place fun. It’s the biggest challenge we have all year.”

In the first session of qualifying, Anderson was No. 2 with a 7.039-second pass at 194.49 mph that was only bested by Summit Racing teammate Jason Line, who crossed the finish line with a 7.036, 196.22. In the later session and in cooler, slightly breezier conditions, Anderson snatched the pole from Line with a 6.9809, 196.30. Line clocked a 7.004, 195.70 and was bumped to the No. 5 position.

KB Racing-powered Deric Kramer was No. 2 with a 6.981, 196.04. Bo Butner, the incoming points leader, was No. 2 after Q1 on a 7.038, 196.85 and finished the day No. 9 with his 7.015, 196.59.

Anderson’s description of the overhaul required for the Pro Stock cars to race in Denver was only partly in jest.

“You basically lift the gas cap up and slide a new car underneath it to race at this race only,” he said. “You pull your hair out every year you come up here and make your first run. You’re like, how does it do these things? But it does, and you have to tackle that challenge, adapt, and make the right changes. It takes a lot of effort and a lot of learning, and you need every single run you get.

“We’re learning as we go, and we’re one of the best in the group out here at making changes and adapting. I’m proud of the guys and the job they’ve done. My Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro is great, and now it’s up to the driver and engine tuner to get that part right, too. We have a solid chance on Saturday for the pole, and a solid chance on Sunday to win the event. I need a win. I haven’t had one since here last season, and I feel that this is my best chance this year.”

Qualifying continues on Saturday at Bandimere Speedway with sessions scheduled at 4:15 and 7:15 pm local time. Sunday eliminations are scheduled to begin at 11am MDT.

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Results:
Q1: 7.039-second at 194.49 mph (No. 3, +1 bonus point)
Q2: 6.980, 196.30 (No. 1, +3 bonus points)

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Results:
Q1: 7.036-second at 196.22 mph (No. 1, +3 bonus points)
Q2: 7.004, 195.70 (No. 5)

Bo Butner
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Results:
Q1: 7.038-second at 196.85 mph (No. 2, +2 bonus points)
Q2: 7.015, 196.59 (No. 9)

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, race 7 of 18)

1. Bo Butner (4), 671
2. Alex Laughlin, 523
3. Jason Line, 448
4. Greg Anderson, 445
5. Matt Hartford, 441
6. Erica Enders, 427
7. Deric Kramer (1), 422
8. Jeg Coughlin (1), 405
9. Chris McGaha (1), 390
10. Rodger Brogdon, 320

Race Info
40th annual NHRA Mile-High Nationals
Bandimere Speedway
Denver, Colorado
July 19-21, 2019

Bandimere Speedway Track Records
Top Fuel
Leah Pritchett, 3.733 (2017); Clay Millican, 327.59 (2018)
Funny Car
Courtney Force, 3.889 (2017); C. Force, 328.30 (2017)
Pro Stock
Allen Johnson, 6.877 (2015); Shane Gray, 201.01 (2015)
Pro Stock Motorcycle
Eddie Krawiec, 7.111 (2018); Hector Arana Jr., 188.86 (2018)

Run Schedule (all times local)
Saturday, July 20
11:00 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations begin
4:15 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 3
7:15 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 4
Sunday, July 21
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 Television Schedule (all times ET)
Qualifying / Sunday – 1-2 PM ET / FS1
Finals / Sunday – 3-6 PM ET / FOX

#MileHighNats

**Full results posted at DragRaceCentral.com**

 

Progress and Projection with KB Racing Crew Chief Rob Downing

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Progress report following the Summit Racing NHRA Nationals (race 7 of 18)
and ahead of the Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway

In Norwalk:
We left the track on Saturday night feeling good about race day. We were excited, we just didn’t get it done. We didn’t do a good job on Sunday of adapting to the right lane. The challenge was to keep lane choice, and we did not.

Overall grade:
I would say it was a C.

The game plan for Denver:
It was good to have some time off before this race so that we could work on a few things. Denver is always a challenge – it’s the hardest race we go to all year, as far as adapting. The list is a mile long [as far as how to adapt in order to race in those conditions]. We’ve looked over our notes and come up with what we think will be the best set-up.

Best Denver memory:
By a thousand percent, my best memory at Bandimere Speedway was in 2004. It was our first event with Summit Racing, and Greg won the race. That was huge. We put so much effort into getting everything together for that weekend – from making sure everything looked right with decals to running well and winning. It was something we’ll never forget.

Sportsman Blog: Hannah Line Preparing to Race Third National at NHRA Brainerd

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Thank you all for being patient as I finalize my third blog entry!

Racing season has been busy here in Minnesota. I have had a really good start to the 2019 season. I have won some good races and lost some close ones. Over my 10 seasons behind the wheel, I have come to realize that every single pass down the track is a learning opportunity.

This season has absolutely flown by so far. I am getting more and more excited for my third national event coming up, starting on August 15, 2019. The Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway is definitely one of my favorite races. The main reason it is my favorite race is a no brainer answer: my family is together. Everyone comes home for that race.

I am feeling very confident going into the Brainerd Nationals this summer. My first two appearances in the BIR Nationals, I have done a little better each year. This year, I am hoping to follow in the footsteps of my dad, Lance, and my uncle, Ben. My dad won in Stock Eliminator at BIR in 2003. My Uncle Ben won 2017 and 2018 at BIR in Stock Eliminator.

Hope to see you there!

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

Previous posts
Post 1: Meet Stock Eliminator Racer Hannah Line
Post 2: Hannah Line’s D/SA Camaro

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Jason Line and Greg Anderson in their Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro Pro Stock cars

Team Summit Pre-Race Package NHRA Denver

Photo credit: Auto Imagery

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
NHRA Mile-High Nationals
KB Racing, Pro Stock race 8 of 18

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

Event-Specific Notes:
• The driver of the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro is perfect in previous Mile-High Nationals final rounds and won Denver in 2004, 2008, and 2018.
• The defending event champion is the only active Pro Stock driver to have won on the mountain three times
• Last season, Anderson defeated Summit Racing teammate Jason Line in the Denver final. Overall, the two Summit Racing drivers have raced one another in the Pro Stock trophy round 37 times. Anderson has 21 wins to Line’s 16 in all-team finals.
• Anderson is one of just two currently competing full time Pro Stock drivers to have won Denver more than once
• The Mooresville, N.C., resident is the only Pro Stock driver to have ever swept the Western Swing by winning Denver, Sonoma, and Seattle. He accomplished the feat in 2004. Only seven Mello Yello Series and one Lucas Oil Series drivers have ever done it.

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 championship winning driver 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 154 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 91 national event wins and is the second-most winning driver of all time in the category (W. Johnson has 97).

Anderson in Denver
3 wins in 3 final rounds
Won 2018 (defeated Jason Line)
Won 2008 (defeated Allen Johnson)
Won 2004 (defeated Larry Morgan)
No. 1 in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008
Last year: Qualified No. 2; won event

Anderson’s Career Stats through 2019 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk
(most recent Pro Stock event)
4-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2003-05, 2010)
459 Pro Stock races
91 wins
62 runner-up finishes
153 overall final rounds
103 No. 1 qualifier awards
Career best e.t.: 6.457
Career best speed: 215.48

Quotes:
“We left Norwalk a few weeks ago knowing our Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaros were fast. Unfortunately, things haven’t happened as we thought they would yet, but our focus is on performing at these next three races and coming home with a great reward. We all want that trophy, and this is a three-in-a-row opportunity to do it.”

“Denver is a tough nut to crack, but we’ve done it before, and we have every reason to believe we can do it again. We’ve had some time to prepare for this stretch out West. Hopefully, we’ll start the second half of the season even stronger than we started the first.”

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS5
Current points position: No. 3

Event-Specific Notes:
• Jason Line has won at all but five racetracks on the current NHRA tour (Virginia, Epping, Denver, Indianapolis, St. Louis)
• He has three previous final rounds in Denver

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. It is the third most of any active driver in the category.
• The Mooresville, N.C.-based driver has 50 national event wins on his scorecard: 48 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 in Denver
3 runner-up performances in 3 final rounds
Runner-up 2018 (Greg Anderson)
Runner-up 2009 (Allen Johnson)
Runner-up 2006 (Dave Connolly)
No. 1 in 2006, 2014
Last year: Qualified No. 4; final round

Line’s career stats through 2019 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk
(most recent event)
3-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2006, 2011, 2016)
1993 NHRA Stock Eliminator champion
363 Pro Stock races
48 Pro Stock wins
50 overall wins, including NHRA Sportsman and Professional categories
(2 Stock Eliminator, 48 Pro Stock)
52 runner-up finishes
100 Pro Stock final rounds
102 overall final rounds, including NHRA Sportsman and Professional competition
(2 Stock Eliminator, 100 Pro Stock)
54 Pro Stock No. 1 qualifier awards
Career best e.t.: 6.455
Career best speed: 215.17

Quotes:
“The season really starts now for us, and it’s time to get it done. I’m excited about going back to racing again, and I love going to Denver. It’s a great racetrack, the Bandimere’s run the facility really well, and it’s just a fun place to go. We’ll take our Summit Racing Chevy Camaros up there and try to rub on the tune-up as best we can. The key will be paying attention to details. Hopefully, that will put us up front.”

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

Event-Specific Notes:
• In Denver in 2017, Butner debuted a new Jerry Haas-built Chevrolet Camaro at the Mile-High Nationals and went all the way to the final round

Driver Notes:
• Butner, the 2017 NHRA Pro Stock world champion, won the first race of the 2019 season and then again in Gainesville, Las Vegas, and Richmond. He is the incoming points leader.
• Butner’s victory in Richmond was the 153rd Pro Stock win for KB Racing, the acclaimed group racing out of Ken Black’s shop in Mooresville, North Carolina. KB Racing-powered Deric Kramer won No. 154 for the team in Chicago.
• 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 in Denver
1 final round
Runner-up 2017 (Drew Skillman)
Last year: Qualified No. 10; first round

Butner’s career stats through 2019 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk
(most recent event)
2017 NHRA Pro Stock champion
2006 Competition Eliminator champion
96 races
11 Pro Stock wins
13 Pro Stock runner-up finishes
24 overall Pro Stock final rounds
10 Pro Stock No. 1 qualifier awards
26 overall wins, including NHRA Sportsman competition
(11 Pro stock, 6 Comp Eliminator, 3 Super Stock, 5 Stock Eliminator, 1 Super Street)
53 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)
Career best e.t.: 6.475
Career best speed: 214.28

Quotes:
“Denver will be different, it always is, but I look for us to be better on the Western Swing than we were in Norwalk a few weeks ago. Our Pro Stock Chevy Camaro got better along the way, but it wasn’t quite where it should be, and that’s going to change. We’ve got some cool racing ventures still ahead of us this season, but I’d like to get back to the momentum we had going in Pro Stock.”

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals qualifying, race 7 of 18)

1. Bo Butner (4), 671
2. Alex Laughlin, 523
3. Jason Line, 448
4. Greg Anderson, 445
5. Matt Hartford, 441
6. Erica Enders, 427
7. Deric Kramer (1), 422
8. Jeg Coughlin (1), 405
9. Chris McGaha (1), 390
10. Rodger Brogdon, 320

Race Info
40th annual NHRA Mile-High Nationals
Bandimere Speedway
Denver, Colorado
July 19-21, 2019

Bandimere Speedway Track Records
Top Fuel
Leah Pritchett, 3.733 (2017); Clay Millican, 327.59 (2018)
Funny Car
Courtney Force, 3.889 (2017); C. Force, 328.30 (2017)
Pro Stock
Allen Johnson, 6.877 (2015); Shane Gray, 201.01 (2015)
Pro Stock Motorcycle
Eddie Krawiec, 7.111 (2018); Hector Arana Jr., 188.86 (2018)

Run Schedule (all times local)
Friday, July 19
10:00 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman qualifying begins
4:15 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 1
7:15 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 2

Saturday, July 20
11:00 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations begin
4:15 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 3
7:15 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 4

Sunday, July 21
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 Television Schedule (all times ET)
Qualifying / Friday – 7-8:30 PM ET / FS1
Qualifying / Sunday – 1-2 PM ET / FS1
Finals / Sunday – 3-6 PM ET / FOX

Join the conversation: #MileHighNats
**Full results posted at DragRaceCentral.com**

Quick field has Team Summit hungry for Sunday at the Summit Racing Nationals

13th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals

photo credit: Auto Imagery

NORWALK, Ohio (June 22, 2019) – The 13th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals is an event that drivers look forward to all season long, especially the Summit Racing Pro Stock team. Drivers Greg Anderson and Jason Line secured their positions in the top half of the field at an event where the No. 1 qualifier is just a handful of thousandths of a second ahead of the No. 6 seed heading into Sunday.

Anderson, driving the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, is the driver sitting sixth in the line-up.

“We missed it a little bit and shook the tires in Q3. You hate to ever lose a run in qualifying, because you learn every session – but we recovered and made a good lap there in that final qualifying round,” said Anderson, who recorded a best time of 6.562-second at 209.26 mph and scooped up a bonus point* in qualifying. He will race KB Racing-powered Fernando Cuadra in round one.

“We’ll have a little weather change tomorrow, so we knew we’d have to do things a little different then anyway,” he continued. “The crazy thing is that the top six cars are separated by three-thousandths of a second. We were scraping for those thousandths of a second trying to get the pole, and we ended up sixth. We didn’t get the break we needed, but my Summit Racing Chevy is a fast car.

“My teammate’s Summit Racing Chevy Camaro is a fast car, and under these tents over here at KB Racing, we have a whole bunch of them that are capable of winning the race. It’s going to be a fun day tomorrow.”

Line, wheeling the silver Summit Racing Chevy, clocked a best time of 6.560, 210.57 that came with three bonus points and the No. 4 position.

“You have to be perfect out there, because the cars are all very close right now,” said Line, who will race Val Smeland in round one. “Pro Stock is tough, but that’s what makes it fun. We want to put a Summit Racing Chevy Camaro in the winner’s circle tomorrow for Summit Racing, and we are very capable of making that happen. The racetrack is good from the starting line all the way down the track, so we should be able to go out there and race fast tomorrow.”

Teammate Bo Butner, whose Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro is powered by KB Racing, landed in the No. 10 position on a 6.574, 210.14. He is slated for a first-round meeting with Cuadra’s son, another KB Racing campaigner, Fernando Cuadra Jr.

Butner is also competing in the SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown in his Summit Racing-branded Cobra Jet Mustang. There, he is the No. 3 qualifier with a killer 7.879, 179.79. He’ll race Arthur Kohn in round one.

“I’m excited for tomorrow, because I have two chances to get a trophy, one of them with our Summit Racing Cobra Jet Mustang,” said Butner. “That Factory Stock Showdown car has been awesome almost every run. We’ve struggled a little bit with our Pro Stock car, but those guys over there know what they’re doing. Anyone can win it, and I’ve had some luck here before – maybe tomorrow we can do it again.”

Final eliminations for the 13th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals are set for Sunday at 11am ET at Summit Motorsports Park.

*Bonus points are awarded in each qualifying session to the top three quickest cars, with the quickest of the round awarded three, second quickest gets two, and third quickest is awarded one additional point.

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Final qualifying position: No. 4
Results:
Q1: 6.583-second at 209.92 mph (No. 4)
Q2: 6.562, 210.18 (No. 5)
Q3: 6.560, 210.57 (No. 4, +3 bonus points)
Q4: 6.576, 210.83 (No. 4)

First round opponent: Val Smeland

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Final qualifying position: No. 6
Results:
Q1: 6.605-second at 210.37 mph (No. 7)
Q2: 6.562, 209.26 (No. 6)
Q3: 17.046, 56.09 (No. 6)
Q4: 6.573, 209.39 (No. 6, +1 bonus point)

First round opponent: Fernando Cuadra

Bo Butner
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Final qualifying position: No. 6
Results:
Q1: 6.613-second at 210.44 mph (No. 9)
Q2: 6.583, 210.44 (No. 10)
Q3: 15.575, 53.85 (No. 10)
Q4: 6.574, 210.14 (No. 10, +1 bonus point)

First round opponent: Fernando Cuadra Jr.

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals qualifying, race 7 of 18)

1. Bo Butner (4), 631
2. Alex Laughlin, 463
3. Jason Line, 428
4. Erica Enders, 427
5. Greg Anderson, 425
6. Matt Hartford, 421
7. Deric Kramer (1), 402
8. Jeg Coughlin (1), 365
9. Rodger Brogdon, 320
10. Chris McGaha, 310

Race Info
13th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals
Summit Motorsports Park
Norwalk, Ohio
June 21-23, 2019

Summit Motorsports Park Track Records
Top Fuel
Doug Kalitta, 3.709 (2017); Clay Millican, 332.67 (2018)
Funny Car
Matt Hagan, 3.865 (2017); Robert Hight, 334.65 (2017)
Pro Stock
Erica Enders, 6.523 (2014); Enders, 212.63 (2014)
Pro Stock Motorcycle
Eddie Krawiec, 6.822 (2016); Hector Arana Jr., 197.36 (2017)

Run Schedule (all times local)
Sunday, June 23
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 Television Schedule (all times ET)
Finals / Sunday – 6:30-8:30 PM ET / FS1
Bonus Coverage / Tuesday – 7-8 PM ET / FS1

Join the conversation by using @SummitRacing #NorwalkNats on social media

**Full results posted at DragRaceCentral.com**