Team Summit NHRA Las Vegas Pre-Race Package

Gatornationals

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS7

Storylines and notes:
• Greg Anderson is tied with Top Fuel’s Tony Schumacher with eight Las Vegas wins, more than any other professional driver in any category
• The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is the home track for Las Vegas-based KB Racing team owners Ken and Judy Black
• Greg Anderson has more round wins in Pro Stock eliminations than any other active driver. He earned his 800th Pro Stock round win in Gainesville two weeks ago.
• Heading into Las Vegas, Anderson has participated in 1141 rounds of racing – the most of any active Pro Stock driver
• Anderson has two wins in four final rounds in previous four-wide competition (each earned at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte)
• 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 151 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).

Quotes:
“I’m excited that my Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro is coming along. It’s become darn near the fastest car in the class right now. We’re still learning how to race better on Sunday and close the deal, but we’ll get it. This Chevy has too much potential to waste. We took a big step in Gainesville in terms of performance, and we plan to take another step in Vegas. It’s a big race for us in many ways. It’s [team owner] Ken Black country, and it’s the DENSO Four-Wide Nationals. We’re proud to have DENSO on our Summit Racing Camaros, and we hope to give all of these great folks a reason to celebrate on Sunday.”

Anderson in Las Vegas
8 wins in 10 Las Vegas final rounds
Won LV1 2003 (defeated Kurt Johnson)
Won LV2 2003 (defeated K. Johnson)
Won LV1 2004 (defeated K. Johnson)
Won LV2 2004 (defeated Jason Line)
Runner-up LV1 2004 (Dave Connolly)
Runner-up LV2 2004 (K. Johnson)
Won LV1 2007 (defeated Jeg Coughlin)
Won LV2 2007 (defeated Coughlin)
Won LV2 2010 (defeated Line)
Won LV2 2017 (defeated Bo Butner)
No. 1 at LV1 in 2003, 2004, 2006
No. 1 at LV2 in 2003, 2005, 2016, 2017
Last year at this event: Qualified No. 1, second round
At the fall race here in 2018: Qualified No. 9, first round

Anderson’s Career Stats
(through 2019 NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville)
4-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2003-05, 2010)
No. 11 in 2019 Pro Stock standings
455 Pro Stock races
91 wins
61 runner-up finishes
152 overall final rounds
102 No. 1 qualifier awards
Career best e.t.: 6.457
Career best speed: 215.48

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS5

Storylines and notes:
• Jason Line debuted a new Jerry Haas-built Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro at the 2019 Mello Yello Series season-opener in Pomona, and he wheeled it to the final round
• The driver of the silver Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro will crest 600 Pro Stock round wins if he should reach the final round in Las Vegas. That would be the third most of any active driver in the category. He has competed in 907 rounds of Pro Stock racing entering the event.
• In regard to previous four-wide competition, Team Summit’s Line was runner-up at the inaugural four-wide race in Charlotte in 2010 and won the 2016 four-wide event there
• Line has two wins in six Las Vegas Pro Stock final rounds. His most recent win at The Strip was at the spring race in 2016 when he defeated KB Racing teammate Bo Butner.
• For three consecutive seasons (2015-2017), Line was No. 1 qualifier at the spring event in Las Vegas
• The Mooresville, N.C.-based driver has 48 wins 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

Quotes:
“The KB Racing shop has been busy since we left Gainesville. We want to win every race, but we really want to win Las Vegas, whether we’re racing four-wide or two, so you can bet a lot of effort went into preparing our Summit Racing Chevy Camaros. We’re excited to represent DENSO, Summit Racing, and our team owners Ken and Judy Black at their home track. We feel good going into this weekend. It’s different to race four-wide, but we like a challenge.”

Line in Las Vegas
2 wins in 6 Las Vegas final rounds
Won 2016 LV1 (defeated Bo Butner)
Runner-up 2014 LV2 (Erica Enders)
Runner-up 2010 LV2 (Greg Anderson)
Won 2008 LV1 (defeated Greg Stanfield)
Runner-up 2006 LV2 (Richie Stevens Jr.)
Runner-up 2004 LV2 (Greg Anderson)
No. 1 at LV1 in 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017
No. 1 at LV2 in 2004, 2006, 2012
Last year at this event: Qualified No. 6, first round
At the fall race here in 2018: Qualified No. 2, second round

Line’s Career Stats
(through 2019 NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville)
3-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2006, 2011, 2016)
1993 NHRA Stock Eliminator champion
No. 3 in 2019 Pro Stock standings
359 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
53 Pro Stock No. 1 qualifier awards
102 overall final rounds, including NHRA Sportsman and Professional competition
(2 Stock Eliminator, 100 Pro Stock)
Career best e.t.: 6.455
Career best speed: 215.17

Bo Butner
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS8

Storylines and notes:
• Bo Butner, the 2017 NHRA Pro Stock world champion, won the first race of the 2019 season and then again in Gainesville. He is the incoming points leader.
• Butner’s victory in Gainesville was the 151st Pro Stock win for KB Racing, the acclaimed group racing out of Ken Black’s race shop in Mooresville, North Carolina
• He has five wins in 10 final rounds at the Las Vegas facility, including a double-up victory in Comp and Stock Eliminator in 2012
• The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is the site of Butner’s first Pro Stock final round (2015)
• Over the last four seasons, Butner has reached the Pro Stock final round in Las Vegas five times, including at both events in 2017
• 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 nine Pro Stock wins on his scorecard

Quotes:
“I’ve had a great start, and KB Racing has given me a great Chevy Camaro at every race. I’m looking forward to four-wide, I love it. It’s different. It’s not if, it’s when somebody screws up, if you can hold your composure and not do the same, you’re going to beat them. It’s going to be a fun race.”

Butner in Las Vegas
5 wins in 10 final rounds
Won Pro Stock at LV2 in 2018 (defeated Enders)
Runner-up in Pro Stock LV2 2017 (Greg Anderson)
Runner-up in Pro Stock LV1 2017 (Tanner Gray)
Runner-up in Pro Stock LV1 2016 (Jason Line)
Runner-up in Pro Stock LV2 2015 (Erica Enders) (First Pro Stock final)
Doubled up with wins at LV2 in 2012 in Comp and Stock Eliminator
Won LV2 2007 Comp Eliminator
Runner-up in Comp in 2005
Won LV2 2001 Comp Eliminator (first win in Comp category)
Last year at this event: Qualified No. 3, officially recorded by NHRA as semifinals finish
At the fall race here in 2018: Qualified No. 7, won event

Butner’s Career Stats through 2018 NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville
(most recent previous event)
2017 NHRA Pro Stock champion
2006 Competition Eliminator champion
No. 1 in 2019 Pro Stock standings
92 races
9 wins
13 runner-up finishes
22 overall Pro Stock final rounds
9 Pro Stock No. 1 qualifier awards
24 overall wins, including NHRA Sportsman competition
(9 Pro stock, 6 Comp Eliminator, 3 Super Stock, 5 Stock Eliminator, 1 Super Street)
49 overall final rounds, including NHRA Sportsman and Professional competition
(22 Pro Stock, 13 Comp Eliminator, 6 Super Stock, 7 Stock Eliminator, 1 Super Street)
Career best e.t.: 6.475
Career best speed: 214.28

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after the NHRA Gatornationals, race 3 of 18)

1. Bo Butner (2), 301
2. Alex Laughlin, 229
3. Jason Line, 189
4. Erica Enders, 186
5. Matt Hartford, 185
6. Rodger Brogdon, 184
7. Jeg Coughlin Jr. (1), 180
8. Deric Kramer, 166
9. Kenny Delco, 141
10. Chris McGaha, 137
11. Greg Anderson, 130

Race Info
DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
April 5-7, 2019

Run Schedule (all times local)
Friday, April 5
8:00 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman qualifying
12:30 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 1
3:00 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 2

Saturday, April 6
8:00 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations
12:30 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 3
3:00 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 4

Sunday, April 7
9:00 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations
11:00 a.m. – Pre-race ceremonies
Noon – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro eliminations begin
eliminations for all categories continue

#NHRAonFOX Television Schedule (all times ET)
Qualifying / Friday – 9:30 PM-11 PM ET / FS1
Qualifying / Sunday – 11:30-12:30 AM ET / FS1
Finals / Sunday – 5:30-8:30 PM ET / FS1

Watch this video for more information regarding NHRA Four-Wide racing: Alan Reinhart Explains NHRA Four-Wide

*find detailed results throughout the weekend at Drag Race Central*

Tim Wilkerson reaches the final round at the 50th NHRA Gatornationals

Gatornationals

photo credit: Auto Imagery

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 17, 2019) – Sunday at Gainesville Raceway ended on a high note for Tim Wilkerson and the Levi, Ray and Shoup Ford Mustang nitro Funny Car team. The Springfield, Illinois-based group had a well-prepared car for raceday at the 50th Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, made a series of good decisions, and landed in the final round for the first time this season.

Their efforts over the course of the weekend resulted in a move well into the top 10 in NHRA’s Mello Yello Drag Racing Series standings. Wilkerson was No. 11 entering eliminations and was No. 6 when he left the racetrack.

“Our Levi, Ray and Shoup Ford Mustang is responding well, and the crew is working really well,” said Wilkerson. “It’s been a pretty good day. We had Dick Levi and a whole group from Diversified Yacht Services here this weekend, so this was really a lot of fun for them and for us.”

Starting from the No. 2 position based on very strong final qualifying pass of 3.875-second at 327.27 mph, Wilkerson came up against Dave Richards in the first round. Both drivers were up in smoke and battled it out to the finish line stripe, but Wilkerson got his nitro machine calmed enough to claim a 4.759, 231.48 victory over a 5.240, 213.43.

“First round, it was just too weak,” explained Wilkerson. “I was talking myself into going down the racetrack, and that about cost me the round. I needed to not do that again, so we didn’t.”

In the second round, he knocked out Cruz Pedregon with a powerful 3.872, 329.450 over a troubled 8.110, 84.77. His semifinals meeting with Jack Beckman brought much of the same as he dealt Jack Beckman a 3.896, 329.02 blow to squash a slowing 4.211, 267.27.

The win lights ran out for Wilk in the final round as Robert Hight, the No. 1 qualifier, made a clean pass and the LRS Mustang fell into immediate tire smoke. Hight clocked a 3.867, 331.61 to an 11.165, 324.12.

“We keep poking the bear, maybe one of these days he’ll turn around and run instead of biting us – that darn Robert Hight, Jimmy Prock, and Chris Cunningham,” said Wilkerson of his opponent and his crew chiefs. “That’s the way it goes, but we’ll stay positive. We’re optimistic about how the car is running, and it’ll be interesting to see how it goes in different conditions. We’ll see if I can pull the monster back because it’s fast.”

What’s Next
The next nitro event on the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour will be the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Las Vegas, March 14-17.

TIM WILKERSON
Levi, Ray & Shoup Ford Mustang

Position in standings following event: No. 6
Wilkerson’s results:
R1: Tim Wilkerson defeated Dave Richards, 4.759-second at 231.48 mph to 5.240, 213.43
R2: Wilkerson def. Cruz Pedregon, 3.872, 329.50 to 8.110, 84.77
R3: Wilkerson def. Jack Beckman, 3.896, 329.02 to 4.211, 267.27
R4: Robert Hight def. Wilkerson, 3.867, 331.61 to 11.165, 92.63

Race Info
50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals
Gainesville Raceway, Gainesville, Fla.
March 14-17, 2019

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car Standings
(after the NHRA Gatornationals, race 3 of 24)

1. Robert Hight (2), 330
2. Jack Beckman, 225
3. Matt Hagan, 215
4. John Force (1), 200
5. Tommy Johnson Jr., 191
6. Tim Wilkerson, 165
7. Bob Tasca III, 163
8. J.R. Todd, 159
9. Ron Capps, 146
10. Shawn Langdon, 143

Bo Butner wins the 50th NHRA Gatornationals, Anderson picking up steam

GatornationalsGAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 17, 2019) – The historic 50th Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals dangled the carrot of a commemorative Wally trophy in front of Mello Yello Drag Racing Series competitors, and in the end, it was KB Racing-powered Bo Butner who scored the hardware. Butner picked up his second win of the season with a final-round defeat of Alex Laughlin. On the other side of the ladder, teammate Greg Anderson was picking up the pace in the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro to strike another spark of optimism for the determined team.

“Today was all about being in the right place right time, but we have such a great crew, and Ken and Judy Black are like second parents to me,” said Butner. “These guys give me the best, and it’s pretty cool to get to drive this car with this team.”

Butner, the incoming points leader, qualified in the No. 8 position and had his fair share of luck on Sunday at Gainesville Raceway to claim the ninth Pro Stock win of his career. In the first round, he came up against another KB Racing-powered driver, Fernando Cuadra, and got it done with a 6.532-second pass at 212.46 mph to a strong 6.549, 211.63.

In round two, it was another KB Racing teammate in the other lane, and when Deric Kramer squared the tires immediately, Butner raked in the round-win with a 6.552, 211.76 to 20.651, 37.89. Without lane choice over No. 1 qualifier Rodger Brogdon in the semifinals, there was a fairly large question mark over the outcome heading into the round.

Brogdon broke on the starting line, however, rolling through the beams and illuminating the red light. Butner’s good fortune was enunciated when he fell into tire shake and coasted to an 8.103, 115.58.

Laughlin, meanwhile, had gotten the best of Anderson in the second round, 6.507, 211.00 to 6.506, 213.16, as well as his Summit Racing counterpart Jason Line in round one, 6.512, 210.83 to 6.527, 212.39.

Butner needed a little revenge for his teammates and the good Summit Racing name, and he made his best run of the weekend in the final. The Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro was set on kill as he blazed to a 6.505, 212.29 that was just a thousandth of a second off of low elapsed time of raceday. He didn’t need the exceptional run, though, because Laughlin had an ignition malfunction and broke at the starting line.

“Today was just absolutely crazy,” said Butner. “The first round, we did our job. Second round, we didn’t get down the track, third round didn’t get down the track – we just had some mishaps for the guys in the other lane, but the KB Racing guys never gave up. We looked and tried everything, and we made our best run of the weekend in the finals. It was a great day.”

Butner and his crew will leave Gainesville Raceway with two of the special 50th anniversary trophies; his fiancée, Randi Lyn Shipp, earned the Stock Eliminator trophy there. The couple will have more to celebrate in the days ahead as Butner’s son and daughter-in-law are expecting a child – Butner’s first grandchild.

“This will be the last interview I give prior to being a grandpa,” said an elated Butner. “The baby is coming this week when we get home, and I cannot wait. His name will be James Earl Butner V, and I’m calling him J5. I have a hat collection going for him already after winning Pomona, No. 1 qualifier in Phoenix, and now winning the Gatornationals – and Randi Lyn will have one to add to the collection now, too. It’s a very exciting time for us. Life is good.”

What’s Next
The next Pro Stock event on the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour will be the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Las Vegas, March 14-17.

GREG ANDERSON
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro

Position in standings following event: No. 11

The first two races of the 2019 season of NHRA’s Mello Yello Drag Racing Series did not go as planned for Anderson, but in Gainesville, it all turned around as he had one of the quickest cars on the property during qualifying to start from the No. 2 position.

He then recorded low elapsed time of raceday in the opening round with a cool 6.504-second pass at 212.69 mph to defeat Alan Prusiensky’s 6.625, 208.07. In round two, Anderson again had the quickest car of the round, this time with a 6.506, 213.16 (top speed of raceday), but Alex Laughlin was off the starting line first for a holeshot win on a 6.507, 211.00.

“My Summit Racing Chevy Camaro showed a lot of potential this weekend, and we definitely made a lot of gains this week after testing well,” said Anderson. “We learned a lot and improved, but unfortunately, we didn’t parlay it into a race victory like we wanted. I’m just disappointed because I wanted to get this done for my dad. My Chevrolet was good, but it can definitely be better, and it will be.”

Anderson had hoped to win for his father, Rod Anderson, who passed away one week ago at the age of 85. Although he did not earn the trophy on Sunday in Gainesville, Anderson did reach a milestone as he recorded the 800th round win of his Pro Stock career – the most of any active Pro Stock driver.

Anderson’s results:
R1: Greg Anderson defeated Alan Prusiensky, 6.504-second at 212.69 mph to 6.625, 208.07
R2: Alex Laughlin def. Anderson, 6.507, 211.00 to 6.506, 213.16

JASON LINE
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro

Position in standings following event: No. 3

The silver Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro wasn’t quite on par with the red Team Summit entry, and Jason Line qualified an uncharacteristically low 10th. Although he made the third-quickest pass of the first round with a 6.527, 212.39, it was not enough to stand up to Laughlin’s 6.512, 210.83.

“It was a good weekend overall for KB Racing to get the win with Bo’s Chevrolet Camaro and for Greg’s Summit Racing Chevy to show so much improvement, but we struggled with my car, we hurt some parts, and I did a lousy job of driving,” said Line. “The end result is that you go home early, and we’ve got a lot of work to do before Vegas. We’re not afraid of hard work, so we’ll get home and get to it. We expect to be better overall in Vegas.”

Line’s results:
R1: Alex Laughlin defeated Jason Line, 6.512-second at 210.83 mph to 6.527, 212.39

BO BUTNER
Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro

Position in standings following event: No. 1
Butner’s results:
R1: Bo Butner defeated Fernando Cuadra, 6.532-second at 212.46 mph to 6.549, 211.63
R2: Butner def. Deric Kramer, 6.552, 211.76 to 20.651, 37.89
R3: Butner def. Rodger Brogdon, 8.103, 115.58 to no time
R4: Butner def. Alex Laughlin, 6.505, 212.29 to no time

Race Info
50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals
Gainesville Raceway, Gainesville, Fla.
March 14-17, 2019

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after the NHRA Gatornationals, race 3 of 18)

1. Bo Butner (2), 301
2. Alex Laughlin, 229
3. Jason Line, 189
4. Erica Enders, 186
5. Matt Hartford, 185
6. Rodger Brogdon, 184
7. Jeg Coughlin Jr. (1), 180
8. Deric Kramer, 166
9. Kenny Delco, 141
10. Chris McGaha, 137
11. Greg Anderson, 130

Tim Wilkerson’s nitro beast comes alive in final qualifying at the NHRA Gatornationals

Gatornationals

photo credit: Auto Imagery

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 16, 2019) – Tim Wilkerson and the Levi, Ray and Shoup Ford Mustang brought their A-game to the table in the final qualifying session for the 50th Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. Wilkerson blasted to one of the quickest passes of his career to narrowly miss the top qualifying position and score a start from the No. 2 spot. He will race Dave Richards in round one on Sunday.

Amiable Wilkerson’s nitro Funny Car was only getting started in the early qualifying rounds with three passes in the 4-second zone. Entering the final session at Gainesville Raceway, though, Wilk had fresh thoughts on how to approach the racing surface.

The 20-time Funny Car winner laid down a brilliant 3.875-second pass at 327.27 mph to launch up to the top of the pack. He was only displaced by Robert Hight in the final pair.

“That was what it was supposed to do,” said Wilk, referring to the very fast and quite clean blast down the racetrack. “The first run today, it was trucking along real good, it just came loose. After I stared at it awhile, I realized it was too much, and I was trying too hard. Believe it or not, I just changed the whole thing, and there you go – 3.87. I was like, holy moly.”

With a different set-up rumbling ferociously in the heart of his trusty Ford Mustang, Wilkerson got a glimpse of heaven. The tremendous stride only made him more excited for the future.

“This chassis is just different than the one we had last year,” he explained. “It gives me a lot of free wheel speed between 200 and 400 feet that I didn’t have before. Hopefully, it works when it gets hot outside, but it sure is fast, and it reacts well.

“I’m really looking forward to getting the new Ford Mustang bodies, because I’m hearing from Bob Tasca that they drive really nice. As fast as this car is, if this new car gives me anything, we’re going to be a barnburner. Anyhow, we have something for them tomorrow. We always do. If we can keep our head on straight, we’ll be good.”

Final eliminations for the 50th Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals are set to begin at 11am ET on Sunday at Gainesville Raceway.

TIM WILKERSON
Levi, Ray & Shoup Ford Mustang

Final qualifying position: No. 2
Wilkerson’s results:
Q1: 4.672-second at 172.61 mph (No. 5)
Q2: 4.019, 284.95 (No. 10)
Q3: 4.602, 176.12 (No. 11)
Q4: 3.875, 327.27 (No. 2, +2 bonus points)

Round one opponent: Dave Richards

Race Info
50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals
Gainesville Raceway, Gainesville, Fla.
March 14-17, 2019

Run Schedule (all times local)
Sunday, March 17
8:30 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations
11:00 a.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro eliminations begin
eliminations for all categories continue

#NHRAonFOX Television Schedule (all times ET)
Qualifying / Saturday – 9-10 PM ET / FS1
Finals / Sunday – 7:30-11 PM ET / FS1

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car Standings
(after final qualifying for the NHRA Gatornationals, race 3 of 24)

1. Robert Hight, 250
2. Matt Hagan, 195
3. Jack Beckman, 185
4. Tommy Johnson Jr., 171
5. Bob Tasca III, 163
6. John Force, 160
7. J.R. Todd, 159
8. Shawn Langdon, 143
9. Ron Capps, 126
10. Cruz Pedregon, 119
11. Tim Wilkerson, 105

Anderson leads Team Summit in final qualifying for the NHRA Gatornationals

Gatornationals

photo credit: Auto Imagery

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 16, 2019) – Qualifying for the 50th Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals is complete, and Team Summit has Greg Anderson and the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro in the No. 2 spot with top speed.

In a very positive turnaround from the first two races of the season, Anderson claimed bonus points in each round of qualifying, logging a total of six extra marks as one of the quickest Pro Stockers. The four-time Gainesville winner is in the hunt for the 92nd Pro Stock trophy of his career at the racetrack where he claimed milestone win No. 75 in 2015. Gainesville Raceway is also where he got the first round-win of his career, and he will be looking for round-win No. 800 on Sunday at this season’s rendition of the Gatornationals.

“My Summit Racing Chevy Camaro is wanting to run, the engine is wanting to run great,” said Anderson, whose best elapsed time in qualifying was a killer 6.494-second pass in the third session. “We’ve just struggled a little bit with low gear. We haven’t quite got it right, and when we do, it’s going to be fast.”

Notably, Anderson was the only Pro Stock driver out of 17 on the property to exceed 213 mph – and he did it twice. In the third session he recorded a 213.40 mph pass, and in the fourth session he improved to 213.43.

“We tested at Orlando Speed World before this race, and they did a fantastic job for us,” explained Anderson. “They were great to work with, the track was good, and I really think that test session is 100% the reason we’ve seen this turnaround with my car. We learned so much, but tomorrow is race day, and that’s when I’ve had my issues in the past. We’ll see how much we’ve gained on it. This is the best Summit Racing Chevy I’ve had in a long time, and hopefully I can get up on the wheel, go some rounds, and hoist that Gatornationals trophy at the end of the day.”

Despite three productive passes, Jason Line was a bit off in the quickest qualifying round and, thusly, will start from the No. 10 spot in his silver Summit Racing Chevy. The four-time Gatornationals victor will square off with Alex Laughlin in round one.

“Overall, I’m still really happy with my silver Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro. We had a computer error in the third qualifying session – I just kind of fat-fingered the tune up a little bit,” said Line, who is going after his 51st career win in NHRA competition. The Summit Racing driver has two trophies in Stock Eliminator and 48 so far in Pro Stock. “I feel good going into tomorrow. I have a good car, and if the weather holds out, it could be a great day for Team Summit.”

If Line should reach the final round, he will have racked up 600 round wins. Only two other currently competing Pro Stock drivers have more than 600 round wins in the category: Anderson has 799 and Jeg Coughlin Jr. has 647.

“It would be great to get to 600, but if I make it to the final, then I’d really like to get to 601,” said Line with a grin.

Bo Butner, driver of the KB Racing-powered Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro, was the provisional low qualifier on Friday but ultimately landed in the No. 5 position. He is on the opposite side of the ladder from teammates Anderson and Line. Butner will race Fernando Cuadra in round one, who also competes with KB power.

“The Jim Butner Auto Group Camaro wasn’t quite like it was yesterday, but some of the other guys made better runs, and maybe they kind of went after it,” said Butner, who has a Stock Eliminator victory in Gainesville from 2013 and was runner-up at the esteemed facility last season.

“We have a decent car, and I’m happy with the way I hit the tree so far this weekend; I’m in a good area,” Butner continued. “I think we have a chance to win. It’s just so close, and unfortunately, we have to race our teammate, Fernando Cuadra, first round. The good news is that one of us will go to the second round, and hopefully we’ll meet up with another KB Racing teammate [Deric Kramer]. I like our side of the ladder. Whenever I come in the opposite side from my buddies Greg and Jason, it’s a good week for us. I think we’re going to go a few rounds tomorrow. We’re coming to win.”

Final eliminations for the 50th Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals are set to begin at 11am ET on Sunday at Gainesville Raceway.

GREG ANDERSON
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro

Final qualifying position: No. 2
Anderson’s results:
Q1: 6.563-second at 210.24 mph (No. 3, +1 bonus point)
Q2: 6.556, 210.08 (No. 2, +2)
Q3: 6.494, 213.40 (No. 2, +2)
Q4: 6.513, 213.43 (No. 2)

Round one opponent: Alan Prusiensky

JASON LINE
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro

Final qualifying position: No. 10
Line’s results:
Q1: 6.567-second at 211.16 mph (No. 4)
Q2: 6.581, 210.57 (No. 6)
Q3: 6.637, 209.17 (No. 12)
Q4: 6.534, 211.79 (No. 10)

Round one opponent: Alex Laughlin

BO BUTNER
Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro

Final qualifying position: No. 5
Butner’s results:
Q1: 6.557-second at 210.41 mph (No. 1, +3 bonus points)
Q2: 6.556, 210.73 (No. 1, +3)
Q3: 6.511, 212.09 (No. 4)
Q4: 6.516, 212.03 (No. 5)

Round one opponent: Fernando Cuadra

Race Info
50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals
Gainesville Raceway, Gainesville, Fla.
March 14-17, 2019

Run Schedule (all times local)
Sunday, March 17
8:30 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations
11:00 a.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro eliminations begin
eliminations for all categories continue

#NHRAonFOX Television Schedule (all times ET)
Qualifying / Saturday – 9-10 PM ET / FS1
Finals / Sunday – 7:30-11 PM ET / FS1

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after final qualifying for the NHRA Gatornationals, race 3 of 18)

1. Bo Butner (1), 221
2. Jason Line, 189
3. Erica Enders, 186
4. Matt Hartford, 185
5. Jeg Coughlin Jr. (1), 180
6. Alex Laughlin, 169
7. Deric Kramer, 146
8. Rodger Brogdon, 144
9. Chris McGaha, 117
10. Val Smeland, 113
11. Greg Anderson, 110

Butner No. 1, Anderson hot on his heels on Friday at the NHRA Gatornationals

Gatornationals

photo credit: Auto Imagery

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 15, 2019) – The 50th Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals kicked off on Friday at Gainesville Raceway, and after two rounds of qualifying, KB Racing was occupying the top two spots and had top speed. Bo Butner, driving the Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro, had hold of the provisional pole. Greg Anderson, pilot of the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, was in a close second. The teammates clocked identical 6.556-second passes, but it was Butner with the nod based on a faster speed – 210.73 to Anderson’s 210.08. Occupying the No. 6 position, Jason Line had top speed in the silver Summit Racing Chevrolet with a 6.567 at a whopping 211.16 mph.

“Our Jim Butner Auto Group Nitro Fish Chevy Camaro was pretty awesome today,” said Butner, who was runner-up at this event last year. “It has been awesome all season; it’s been very consistent. We made two runs today within a thou’ (thousandth of a second). That’s pretty impressive. Our KB Racing team is strong again, we were just lucky to go a little bit quicker than Greg. We’re very happy with all three cars, and I think we’re going to have a great weekend.”

Butner, an eight-time Pro Stock winner and the 2017 world champion, is also racing in the Factory Stock Showdown in Gainesville driving a 2019 Cobra Jet Mustang with Summit Racing branding. The class pits Detroit’s Big Three against one another in heads-up competition featuring Cheverolet COPO Camaros, Dodge Challenger Drag Paks, and Ford Cobra Jet Mustangs.

After nabbing the provisional pole in Pro Stock, Butner spoke of the challenge of hopping out of one car and into another in two different categories.

“With our Summit Racing Cobra Jet, I know the potential for it – but I’m struggling with it,” admitted Butner. “I didn’t make a good run in the first qualifying round of the Showdown, so I hopped in the Pro Stock car mad. I went out there and made, what is in my eyes, a perfect run in the Pro Stock car – hit all the shift points and all that. I do better with more to do. When I hop out of one and into another, I think it helps me in both cars. It’s a mindset. It’s all about discipline. They’re both totally different, but we have to do good in both cars. That’s my goal.”

Butner was the first driver to ever win a Factory Stock Showdown. He accomplished the feat in the first running of the competition, at the 2012 U.S. Nationals. He now has a total of four FSS wins, including the 2015 Gatornationals trophy.

“This is just fun, and we were fortunate to win a couple,” said Butner. “It’s changed a lot over the years, and it’s kind of become a baby Pro Stock class. It’s very neat. It’ll be hard to win, and you’re not going to see a dominant car. A lot of cars can just go A to B and win rounds. Right now, you have to qualify, and it’s going to be a tight field tomorrow. The air is going to be better, and where I’m at has no chance of being in. It’ll be tough.”

Butner’s best time so far in Factory Stock Showdown qualifying is 7.971-second at 172.83 mph, and he is No. 14 in the 16-car field. There are 18 cars that ran in the 7-second zone. The Showdown cars have been rapidly picking up the pace since the first official 7-second pass was made last fall at the St. Louis race.

Gatornationals

photo credit: Auto Imagery

Qualifying for both categories will continue on Saturday at Gainesville Raceway, with eliminations for the 50th Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals set to begin on Sunday at 11am ET.

GREG ANDERSON
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Provisional qualifying position: No. 2
Anderson’s results:
Q1: 6.563-second at 210.24 mph (No. 3, +1 bonus point)
Q2: 6.556, 210.08 (No. 2, +2)

JASON LINE
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Provisional qualifying position: No. 6
Line’s results:
Q1: 6.567-second at 211.16 mph (No. 4)
Q2: 6.581, 210.57 (No. 6)

BO BUTNER
Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Provisional qualifying position: No. 1
Butner’s results:
Q1: 6.557-second at 210.41 mph (No. 1, +3 bonus points)
Q2: 6.556, 210.73 (No. 1, +3)

Race Info
50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals
Gainesville Raceway, Gainesville, Fla.
March 14-17, 2019

Run Schedule (all times local)
Saturday, March 16
8:30 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations
10:30 a.m. – SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown qualifying
12:00 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 3
2:30 p.m. – SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown round 1
3:30 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 4

Sunday, March 17
8:30 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations
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 – 11:30 PM-12:30 AM ET / FS1
Qualifying / Saturday – 9-10 PM ET / FS1
Finals / Sunday – 7:30-11 PM ET / FS1

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(following the NHRA Arizona Nationals, race 2 of 18)

1. Bo Butner (1), 181
2. Jason Line, 157
3. Erica Enders, 152
4. Matt Hartford, 147
5. Jeg Coughlin Jr. (1), 145
6. Alex Laughlin, 136
7. Deric Kramer, 110
8. Rodger Brogdon, 100
9. Chris McGaha, 84
10t. Steve Graham, 82
10t. Val Smeland, 82
12. Kenny Delco, 69
13. Greg Anderson, 67

Team Summit Pre Race Package: NHRA Gatornationals

Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals

photo credit: Auto Imagery

50th Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals
Gainesville Raceway
2019 Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing Series, Race 3

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS5

Story Lines:
• Jason Line debuted a new Jerry Haas-built Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro at the 2019 Mello Yello Series season-opener in Pomona, where he wheeled it to the final round
• The driver of the silver Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro will crest 600 Pro Stock round wins if he should reach the final round in Gainesville. That would be the third most of any active driver in the category. He has competed in 906 rounds of Pro Stock racing entering the event.
• Line has four wins in seven Gainesville Pro Stock final rounds, including back-to-back finals in 2015 and 2016, both with Team Summit counterpart Anderson in the other lane
• Line made the quickest run in the history of NHRA’s Electronic Fuel Injected Pro Stock category in 2017 in Gainesville with a 6.476-second pass
• The Mooresville, N.C.-based driver has 48 wins 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, as well as one NHRA Sportsman championship earned in Stock Eliminator behind the wheel of his 1970 Buick Gran Sport

Quotes
“We knew leaving Phoenix that we had a lot of work to do before this race, and I think we’ve had a productive couple of weeks. We’ll find out just how productive it was in just a couple of days when we take our Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaros out for the first qualifying session. This is always an exciting time of year because things are really started to get going, and from here there’s no looking back. Gainesville can be very fast, and it’s a fun racetrack. The KB Racing team has good history there, and we’d like to add to that with a win at the 50th annual Gatornationals. That would be a really special trophy, and it’s one I’d like to have, for sure.”

Line in Gainesville
4 wins in 7 Gainesville final rounds
Runner-up 2016 (Greg Anderson)
Runner-up 2015 (Anderson)
Won 2011 (defeated Anderson)
Won 2010 (defeated Mike Edwards)
Won 2009 (defeated Allen Johnson)
Runner-up 2008 (Jeg Coughlin)
Won 2005 (Dave Connolly)
No. 1 in 2016, 2017
In 2018: Qualified No. 4, first round

Line’s Career Stats
(through 2019 NHRA Arizona Nationals in Phoenix)
3-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2006, 2011, 2016)
1993 NHRA Stock Eliminator champion
No. 2 in 2019 Pro Stock standings
358 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
53 Pro Stock No. 1 qualifier awards
102 overall final rounds, including NHRA Sportsman and Professional competition
(2 Stock Eliminator, 100 Pro Stock)
Career best e.t.: 6.455
Career best speed: 215.17

Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals

photo credit: Auto Imagery

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS7

Story Lines:
• Greg Anderson has more round wins in Pro Stock eliminations than any other active driver. He is in pursuit of his 800th Pro Stock round win
• Heading into Gainesville, Anderson has participated in 1199 rounds of racing – the most of any active Pro Stock driver
• Anderson made the fastest run in the history of NHRA’s Electronic Fuel Injected Pro Stock category in 2017 in Gainesville with a 214.59 mph pass
• The first-ever round win for Anderson came at the 1998 Gatornationals. Allen Johnson was in the other lane, and unbeknownst to Anderson, his opponent lost control of his Pro Stock car and crashed behind him. Johnson was uninjured.
• Anderson and Summit Racing teammate Jason Line are tied as the second-most winning Pro Stock drivers at the Gatornationals (they each have four wins there)
• 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.
• Las Vegas-based Ken Black selected Anderson to drive for KB Racing in 1998. They have been racing together for more than two decades and have, along with crew chief Rob Downing, built a team that now owns 150 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)

Quotes
“Gainesville Raceway has always been a special place for me. It has a kind of magic feel to it, a lot like Indy. It’s a great track for Pro Stock, and the fans there are just awesome. For me, it’s one of the most special places on the whole tour because my father, Rod, used to take us down there for family vacations. We’d go to Disneyworld and spend time with my dad’s brother, but the best part was that we’d get to go to the race. That was something you just don’t forget.”

Anderson on his first milestone 21 years ago at this race:
“The first round win I ever got in a Pro Stock car was there at the Gatornationals in 1998. I was driving for my father-in-law, Troy Humphrey. I didn’t qualify as well as AJ [Allen Johnson], but somehow, I beat him. I got to the finish line, made the turnoff, and saw that the Safety Safari trucks were rushing past me. I was all excited and didn’t know what happened, but it turned out that AJ had tumbled like 10 times and went over the wall. It was definitely a memorable race, both good and bad. AJ was okay, but he definitely destroyed his racecar.”

Anderson on the loss of his father, Rod Anderson (85 years old), on Sunday, May 10, 2019:
“My dad was my hero, and the one who got me started in racing. He was a man that never had an enemy – a great man loved by all. He will be greatly missed.”

Anderson in Gainesville
4 wins in 7 Gainesville final rounds
Runner-up 2017 (Shane Gray)
Won 2016 (defeated Jason Line)
Won 2015 (defeated Line)
Runner-up 2012 (Mike Edwards)
Runner-up 2011 (Line)
Won 2007 (defeated Larry Morgan)
Won 2004 (defeated Jeg Coughlin)
No. 1 in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
In 2018: Qualified No. 1, second round

Anderson’s Career Stats
(through 2019 NHRA Arizona Nationals in Phoenix)
4-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2003-05, 2010)
No. 13 in 2019 Pro Stock standings
454 Pro Stock races
91 wins
61 runner-up finishes
152 overall final rounds
102 No. 1 qualifier awards
Career best e.t.: 6.457
Career best speed: 215.48

Drag Racing

photo credit: Auto Imagery

Bo Butner
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS8

Story Lines:
• Bo Butner, the 2017 NHRA Pro Stock world champion, won the first race of the 2019 season and enters Gainesville as the points leader
• Butner’s victory in Pomona was the 150th Pro Stock win for KB Racing, the acclaimed group racing out of Ken Black’s race shop in Mooresville, North Carolina
• He was the No. 1 qualifier in Phoenix
• Butner, flying the Summit Racing colors, will compete in the SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown at the Gatornationals 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. He has four total previous FSS wins, including the 2015 trophy in Gainesville.
• 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 will be born in April). 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
• He has one national event win in Gainesville, which he earned in 2013 with a final-round defeat of Charley Downing in Stock Eliminator
• Butner has eight career Pro Stock wins
• The Floyds Knobs, Indiana-based driver is engaged to Randi Lyn Shipp, a Stock Eliminator competitor who will also race at the Gatornationals

Quotes
“It’s going to be a fun weekend. I’ll be racing in the Factory Stock Showdown, if all goes as planned, but I’m ready to hop back in the Pro Stock car. My Jim Butner Auto Group Chevy is a great car, and I still feel like it might be the best car out there. Of course, you want to win this deal. I won Stock Eliminator in Gainesville a few years back, and that was just a great feeling. Any win in Gainesville is big – it’s always a trophy you want, but even more so this year because it’s their 50th anniversary. I’m looking forward to it.”

Butner in Gainesville
Won Stock Eliminator in 2013 (defeated Charley Downing)
Won Factory Stock Showdown in 2015 (defeated Bruno Massel)
Runner-up in Pro Stock in 2018 (Tanner Gray)
In 2018: Qualified No. 5, final round

Butner’s Career Stats
(through 2019 NHRA Arizona Nationals in Phoenix)
2017 NHRA Pro Stock champion
2006 Competition Eliminator champion
No. 1 in 2019 Pro Stock standings
91 races
8 wins
13 runner-up finishes
21 overall Pro Stock final rounds
9 Pro Stock No. 1 qualifier awards
23 overall wins, including NHRA Sportsman competition
(8 Pro stock, 6 Comp Eliminator, 3 Super Stock, 5 Stock Eliminator, 1 Super Street)
48 overall final rounds, including NHRA Sportsman and Professional competition
(21 Pro Stock, 13 Comp Eliminator, 6 Super Stock, 7 Stock Eliminator, 1 Super Street)
Career best e.t.: 6.475
Career best speed: 214.28

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(following the NHRA Arizona Nationals, race 2 of 18)

1. Bo Butner (1), 181
2. Jason Line, 157
3. Erica Enders, 152
4. Matt Hartford, 147
5. Jeg Coughlin Jr. (1), 145
6. Alex Laughlin, 136
7. Deric Kramer, 110
8. Rodger Brogdon, 100
9. Chris McGaha, 84
10t. Steve Graham, 82
10t. Val Smeland, 82
12. Kenny Delco, 69
13. Greg Anderson, 67

Race Info
50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals
Gainesville Raceway, Gainesville, Fla.
March 14-17, 2019

Run Schedule (all times local)
Thursday, March 14
8:30 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman qualifying

Friday, March 15
8:30 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations
11:45 a.m. – SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown qualifying
1:15 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 1
3:50 p.m. – SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown qualifying
5:00 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 2

Saturday, March 16
8:30 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations
10:30 a.m. – SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown qualifying
12:00 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 3
2:30 p.m. – SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown round 1
3:30 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 4

Sunday, March 17
8:30 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations
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 – 11:30 PM-12:30 AM ET / FS1
Qualifying / Saturday – 9-10 PM ET / FS1
Finals / Sunday – 7:30-11 PM ET / FS1

Tim Wilkerson Pre Race Package: NHRA Gatornationals

Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals

Photo credit: Auto Imagery

50th Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals
Gainesville Raceway
2019 Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing Series, Race 3

Tim Wilkerson
Levi, Ray & Shoup Ford Mustang
Car No.: FC5

Story Lines:

• Tim Wilkerson made his nitro Funny Car debut at Gainesville Raceway in 1996
• Wilk drove the Levi, Ray & Shoup Ford Shelby Mustang nitro Funny Car to victory in Gainesville in 2010. He was low qualifier there in 2004.
• Wilkerson, the driver, tuner, and team owner of the LRS Funny Car, is an independent driver and the only single-car team in the category to finish in the top 10 in 2018
• The NHRA Gatornationals will be the 496th race of Wilkerson’s career as a nitro Funny Car driver

Quotes
“I’m not a guy who gets wound up about history, I’m more of a guy who thinks you have to forget about how long you’ve been around and focus on being new and innovative, but you cannot deny the feeling of nostalgia at this race. The best thing that ever happened for us in Gainesville was winning it in 2010. We beat Bob Tasca that day, and I sure think it would be neat to do it again with two Ford Mustangs in the final this year.

“Right now, we’re working on some clutch discs that have been giving us a problem and identifying exactly why – I haven’t got that diagnosed yet, but we’ll figure it out. Our Levi, Ray and Shoup Ford Mustang is really good, though. It goes nice and straight, and I’m driving okay. We have plenty of power.

“We’d sure like to have a good weekend out there. We’ll have the folks from Diversified Yacht Services in our hospitality, and they’re always a fun group cheering for us and making us feel like we’re special, win or lose. One thing’s for sure: everyone on this team would like to get a win for Dick Levi this weekend. This being our 20th year with him and having LRS on the car is just so cool. We’re looking forward to celebrating that milestone with a win.”

Wilkerson in Gainesville
1 win in 1 final round in Gainesville
Won 2010 (defeated Bob Tasca)
No. 1 in 2004
In 2018: Qualified No. 11, first round

Wilkerson’s Career Stats
(through 2019 NHRA Arizona Nationals in Phoenix)
No. 11 in Funny Car standings
495 races
20 wins
22 runner-up finishes
42 overall final rounds
19 No. 1 qualifier awards
Career best e.t.: 3.844 (2017 Phoenix)
Career best speed: 333.74 (2016 Topeka)

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car Standings
(following the NHRA Arizona Nationals, race 2 of 24)

1. Robert Hight, 205
2. Matt Hagan, 160
3. Jack Beckman, 151
4. Tommy Johnson Jr., 137
5. Bob Tasca III, 129
6t. John Force, 126
6t. J.R. Todd, 126
8. Shawn Langdon, 111
9. Ron Capps, 89
10. Cruz Pedregon, 86
11. Tim Wilkerson, 71

Race Info
50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals
Gainesville Raceway, Gainesville, Fla.
March 14-17, 2019

Run Schedule (all times local)
Thursday, March 14
8:30 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman qualifying

Friday, March 15
8:30 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations
11:45 a.m. – SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown qualifying
1:15 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 1
3:50 p.m. – SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown qualifying
5:00 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 2

Saturday, March 16
8:30 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations
10:30 a.m. – SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown qualifying
12:00 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 3
2:30 p.m. – SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown round 1
3:30 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 4

Sunday, March 17
8:30 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations
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 – 11:30 PM-12:30 AM ET / FS1
Qualifying / Saturday – 9-10 PM ET / FS1
Finals / Sunday – 7:30-11 PM ET / FS1

NHRA Pro Stock goes prime time, tonight on FS1

PA1TuneInProStockGreg

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Tuesday, February 26, 2019) — Tonight, and for the first time in the history of NHRA on FOX, FS1 will air exclusive coverage of Pro Stock in an hour-long format beginning at 9pm ET. The telecast will include special features, interviews with drivers, and racing action from the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals.

“This show, dedicated solely to Pro Stock, is something that has been a long time coming, and we couldn’t be more excited to have a whole hour dedicated to the class that means so much to us,” said Greg Anderson, driver of the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro Pro Stocker.

“Pro Stock is our life, and it’s a Pro category that the diehard fans who love really competitive side-by-side racing can appreciate. You’re going to get a behind-the-scenes look at our KB Racing shop and the Summit Racing team on tonight’s broadcast, some really cool content other than that, plus what happened at the race. We’ve asked for more television coverage, hoped for it, dreamed of it, and now we’re getting it. We feel like this is a big step in the right direction, and we can’t wait to sit down and watch tonight on FS1.”

Join the #ProStockWatchParty by tuning in to FS1 at 9pm ET and posting on Twitter throughout the broadcast. Interact with drivers and teams using the hashtag #ProStockWatchParty.

Encore airings of the show will be broadcast Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 1am on FS2 and again at 5am on FS1, as well as Thursday, Feb. 28, at 11:30pm on FS2 (all times Eastern).

Strong qualifying, solid numbers on raceday for Team Summit at the NHRA Arizona Nationals

Drag Racing

CHANDLER, Ariz. (February 24, 2019) – Team Summit made a series of powerful passes during qualifying for the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals, and on raceday the silver Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, driven by Jason Line, was again capable of standing out amongst the competition. The KB Racing team had a shorter day than planned, but that only means more time to prepare for the upcoming event at Gainesville Raceway.

Line, qualified in the No. 3 position, scored a round win over Alan Prusiensky in the first act. His 6.548-second pass at 211.10 mph was the third quickest and fastest pass of the round, and it eliminated his opponent’s 6.637, 206.13. On the other side of the ladder, KB Racing-powered Bo Butner, the No. 1 qualifier, defeated Joey Grose with a 6.551, 211.06 to a 6.698, 206.42, setting up for a potential rematch of the final in Pomona two weeks ago.

In the second round, however, both drivers came up short. Butner remained in the points lead despite being turned away by KB Racing teammate Deric Kramer, 6.567, 209.69 to 6.582, 210.80 – the second fastest pass of the round. Line was stopped by Erica Enders, 6.552, 210.28 to 6.605, 190.67.

“The second round didn’t go as planned, obviously, but we’re still really happy with the silver Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro,” said Line. “It’s already been a good car for us, and it’s getting better. There were challenges this weekend for us here, but the good news is that we can put those behind us and focus on the next race. We’ve got a lot of work to do before Gainesville, so it’s good that we’ve got a little bit of time to work on things.”

The challenges faced in Pomona by Greg Anderson, driver of the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, followed him to Phoenix. He looks to shake the bad luck quickly.

“We’ve had our share of bad breaks and stupid stuff, and hopefully we’ve gotten that all out of the way,” said Anderson, who shook the tires in the first round as Jeg Coughlin Jr. pulled away. “We will certainly be testing before Gainesville and making sure we have everything right. I’m just going to have to forget about the first two races, put them out of my mind, and better days will come.”

What’s Next
The 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will continue at Gainesville Raceway with the 50th annual NHRA Gatornationals, March 14-17.

JASON LINE
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Position in standings following event: No. 2

Line’s results:
R1: Jason Line defeated Alan Prusiensky, 6.548-second at 211.10 mph to 6.637, 206.13
R2: Erica Enders def. Line, 6.552, 210.28 to 6.605, 190.67

GREG ANDERSON
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Position in standings following event: No. 13

Anderson’s results:
R1: Jeg Coughlin Jr. defeated Greg Anderson, 6.568-second at 210.90 mph to 20.633, 48.17

BO BUTNER
Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Position in standings following event: No. 1

Butner’s results:
R1: Bo Butner defeated Joey Grose, 6.551-second at 211.06 mph to 6.698, 206.42
R2: Deric Kramer def. Butner, 6.567, 209.69 to 6.582, 210.80

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(following the NHRA Arizona Nationals, race 2 of 18)

1. Bo Butner (1), 181
2. Jason Line, 157
3. Erica Enders, 152
4. Matt Hartford, 147
5. Jeg Coughlin Jr. (1), 145
6. Alex Laughlin, 136
7. Deric Kramer, 110
8. Rodger Brogdon, 100
9. Chris McGaha, 84
10t. Steve Graham, 82
10t. Val Smeland, 82
12. Kenny Delco, 69
13. Greg Anderson, 67

#NHRAonFOX Television Schedule (all times ET)
Pro Stock Finals / Tuesday, February 26 – 9-10 PM ET / FS1

*Find event results at DragRaceCentral.com*