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Team Summit Virginia NHRA Nationals Race Report

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Summit 2018RICHMOND, Va. (June 11, 2018) – Team Summit qualified their Chevrolet Camaro Pro Stock cars in the top half of the field at the Virginia NHRA Nationals this weekend and put Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro driver Greg Anderson on the pole for the 99th time in his career and sixth time this season. On raceday, Anderson effectively protected the points lead with a quarterfinals finish. His Summit Racing teammate, Jason Line, remains in the top 10 leaving Virginia Motorsports Park.

Greg Anderson

Greg Anderson

Anderson’s 6.614, 209.20 in the first round was one of the quickest passes on Sunday, and he used it in his defeat of Pro Stock veteran Tommy Lee, who broke on the starting line. In round two, Mooresville, North Carolina’s Anderson was a cool .023 at the starting line but a 6.625, 208.84 fell short to Drew Skillman’s 6.617, 209.07.

“We had a great weekend, we just didn’t get the job done on Sunday,” said Anderson, who recorded low elapsed time and top speed of the meet in qualifying with a 6.571-second pass at 210.67 mph. “We seem to manage the assessment of the racetrack well in qualifying, but somehow, we aren’t doing the right thing on raceday. It’s been a pattern, but we’re going to clean it up. Unfortunately, this was another tough one. It was ugly. But we’ll keep digging. The power is there, the performance is there. It was a tough day today, but the good news is that we get to try again in four days.”greg andersonGREG ANDERSON
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Points position following event: No. 1

Anderson’s race results:
R1: Greg Anderson (6.614-second at 209.20 mph) defeated Tommy Lee (no time)
R2: Drew Skillman (6.617, 209.07) def. Anderson (6.625, 208.84)jason lineJASON LINE
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Points position following event: No. 10

Line entered Sunday as the No. 8 seed and for his troubles was relegated to the first pair down the racetrack after the nitro cars. That meant that he and first-round opponent Drew Skillman would be guinea pigs for the remainder of the class as they attempted to navigate the racing surface ahead of the other finicky factory hot rods. The blue Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro shook fiercely as it attempted to apply its power to the racetrack, and both sides of the racecar were visible from the starting line as it swayed violently side to side. Line lifted his foot from the throttle to quiet the angry outburst and slowed to a 12.854, 67.94.

“We just shook the tires,” said Line. “We tried a few things this weekend, and we made some progress, but today we certainly wanted to be better. We’ll be ready for Bristol, though. We have everything we need, we just need to do a better job.”

Line’s race results:
R1: Drew Skillman (6.633-second at 209.39 mph) defeated Jason Line (12.854, 67.94)bo butnerBO BUTNER
Jim Butner Auto Chevrolet Camaro
Points position following event: No. 6

Butner qualified in the No. 2 position to elevate his spirits after a challenging spell over the last few events. He suffered a similar fate as KB Racing teammate Line on raceday but is encouraged heading into the last two events of a four in a row span. After a 6.639, 208.46 to halt Wally Stroupe in the first round, Butner rattled the tires and watched as Erica Enders raced ahead for the win in the quarterfinals, 6.785, 163.29 to 16.604, 49.93.

“It was just instant tire shake, but every team struggled; it wasn’t just us,” said Floyds Knobs, Indiana-based Butner. “There is a learning curve with the way the track is being prepped, and it isn’t a bad thing, it’s just going to take a little while for everyone to get it figured out. You have to have patience. I’m very happy with our car in qualifying this week, and now we have something we can win with. That’s a great feeling.”

Butner’s race results:
R1: Bo Butner (6.639-second at 208.46 mph) defeated Wally Stroupe (8.583, 107.67)
R2: Erica Enders (6.785, 163.29) def. Butner (16.604, 49.93)

What’s next:
Next up for the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour is the Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, June 15-17 at Bristol Dragway.

NHRA Mello Yello ptsNHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
Pro Stock Standings
(after Virginia NHRA Nationals, race 10 of 24)

1. Greg Anderson, 720
2. Vincent Nobile (2), 703
3. Tanner Gray (2), 693
4. Erica Enders (1), 686
5. Bo Butner (1), 610
6. Chris McGaha (1), 605
7. Drew Skillman, 601
8. Deric Kramer (1), 566
9. Jeg Coughlin Jr. (1), 532
10. Jason Line, 526

**Full results posted throughout the weekend at DragRaceCentral.com**

Photo Credit: Auto Imagery, Driver photos: NHRA

KB Racing has 145 Pro Stock wins & 8 NHRA Pro Stock Championships

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