NORWALK, Ohio (June 24, 2018) – Team Summit had high hopes for four solid rounds of qualifying in preparation for raceday at the 12th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, but Mother Nature had other plans. Greg Anderson and Jason Line flew the Summit Racing colors in just one round of qualifying, as rain washed away the other opportunities to get a good set-up for Sunday.
Line, driver of the blue Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, was the highlight of the session for the dedicated team as he raced to the No. 2 position and claimed top speed.
Team Summit counterpart Anderson drove the red Summit Racing Chevy to the No. 7 position, while KB Racing-powered teammate Bo Butner piloted his Jim Butner Auto Chevrolet to the No. 4 spot.
As the No. 2 seed, Line will race Kenny Delco in the first round of eliminations. He earned the position based on a 6.621-second pass at 208.78 mph that was good for a pair of bonus qualifying points.
“That was a good run for us,” said Line, who has two wins in three Summit Motorsports Park final rounds. “Being out fairly early in the pack, we know we definitely left some out there as well. We’re very happy with that, and it would have been nice to move up one more spot, but it’s all good. Last week at Bristol, we didn’t get the show we wanted – but we made some progress. I feel like we’re going the right way, and we haven’t had a good result yet, but we’re moving up the qualifying sheet and that certainly betters your cause.
“I came to this race really wanting to earn my 50th win. I have a chance tomorrow, and to do that in the 50th year of Summit Racing at the Summit race and at Summit Motorsports Park would make me very happy. It would be something I’d never forget.”
Line has 47 trophies in Pro Stock and two in Stock Eliminator.
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Final qualifying position: No. 2
First round opponent: Kenny Delco
Line’s qualifying results:
Q1: 6.621-second at 208.78 mph (No. 2, +2 bonus points)
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Final qualifying position: No. 7
First round opponent: Drew Skillman
Anderson’s qualifying results:
Q1: 6.638-second at 208.55 mph (No. 7)
Greg Anderson scored the 100th pole of his career last weekend in Bristol, and it was his seventh of the season. On Saturday in Norwalk, though, and with just one session to get the job done, his 6.638, 208.55 kept him out of the top spot. He will race Drew Skillman in the first round.
Anderson has three Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in five final rounds, including last season when he was runner-up to Butner.
Anderson on the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals:
“When you just have one shot, things are going to be shaken up,” said Anderson, who is still looking for his first win of the season but is leading the Pro Stock points based on strong qualifying efforts and a habit of going rounds on Sunday. “We’re not seated where we want to be, but the good news is that doesn’t seem to matter much these days, because anybody can beat anybody. We’ll have to go to battle first round and work our way through the ladder.
“The part I’m most upset about is that our Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaros are on the same side of the ladder. The ultimate goal when we come to this race is to have both of our Team Summit cars in the final round, and that’s what I’m most disappointed about. But we’ll just have to motor through it and get one of our Summit Racing Chevys in the winner’s circle. We want to put a smile on the faces of those folks at Summit Racing at their title race at their home track, and to do that during their 50th anniversary season would really mean a lot to us.”
Jim Butner Auto Chevrolet Camaro
Final qualifying position: No. 4
First round opponent: John Gaydosh Jr.
Butner’s qualifying results:
Q1: 6.630-second at 207.72 mph (No. 4)
Reigning NHRA Pro Stock world champion Bo Butner is the defending event champion at Summit Motorsports Park. Last season, he edged Summit Racing teammate Greg Anderson in the final round. Starting from the opposite side of the ladder as his friendly rival, Butner is possibly setting up for a rematch. Either way, Butner looks to have a strong racecar and is fired up to protect the title. He clocked a 6.630, 207.72 to land the No. 4 position and a match with John Gaydosh Jr.
Butner on the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals:
“The guys made a good call, and we were incredible to the 60-foot that run,” said Butner. “We wanted to get another run in tonight because we did a little bit more tuning and thought we could run even better out the back, but it’s going to be a good raceday tomorrow. I’d like to defend the title that I won here last year, and all of my new friends from Summit Racing who have been hanging out with us this weekend are pumped. They want one of our three cars in the final, and they want them to win. I think we have a good edge, and I feel good about my driving. It would have been nice if that run had been first round. But we’ll have a fun day tomorrow.”
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
Pro Stock Standings
(after Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals qualifying, race 12 of 24)
1. Greg Anderson, 856
2. Tanner Gray (2), 802
3. Vincent Nobile (2), 792
4. Erica Enders (1), 770
5. Jeg Coughlin Jr. (2), 712
6. Drew Skillman, 711
7. Chris McGaha (1), 691
8. Bo Butner (1), 677
9. Deric Kramer (1), 659
10. Jason Line, 608
12th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals
Summit Motorsports Park
June 22-25, 2017Run 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 continueTelevision Schedule (all times ET)
Sunday, June 23, FS1 will televise qualifying from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 23, FS1 will televise finals coverage from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
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**Full results posted throughout the weekend at DragRaceCentral.com**
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KB Racing has 145 Pro Stock wins & 8 NHRA Pro Stock Championships