MORRISON, Colo. (July 22, 2018) – The Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro Pro Stock cars didn’t seem to be suffering too much in the thin air on the mountain during qualifying for the Mile-High NHRA Nationals. The Denver-area event was the setting for Team Summit drivers Greg Anderson and Jason Line to qualify No. 2 and No. 4, respectively, and they will start from opposite sides of the ladder on Sunday.
Anderson, a two-time Denver winner, was behind only KB Racing-powered Deric Kramer on the sheets. Anderson’s best time of 6.930-second at 196.70 mph was just a thousandth of a second off the pole, which Kramer nabbed with a 6.929, 197.57.
“Maybe that’s a good thing. We’re trying a different strategy this weekend,” said Anderson, who has claimed eight No. 1 qualifier awards thus far this season but has yet to score a win on Sunday. “My Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro is a solid racecar here this weekend, and yes, we’ve struggled on Sundays everywhere we’ve been – but I believe that’s not going to happen tomorrow.
“This is a racetrack that has cooling lines beneath it, so you don’t have to be scared when you go out there on Sunday. You should be able to race aggressively, and that’s what we’ve been lacking on raceday. We’re going to try that and see how it comes out for us. Hopefully, tomorrow is the day we break through.”
The top three cars in each session earn bonus qualifying points, and Anderson picked up a total of seven as the quickest car in the first round, third-quickest in sessions two and three, and second best in the final qualifier. He will square off with Joey Grose in round one.
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Final qualifying position: No. 2
First round opponent: Joey Grose
Anderson’s qualifying results:
Q1: 6.933-second at 197.19 mph (No. 1, +3 bonus points)
Q2: 6.937, 196.33 No. 1, +1)
Q3: 6.949, 196.99 (No. 2, +1)
Q4: 6.930, 196.70 (No. 2, +2)
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Final qualifying position: No. 4
First round opponent: Matt Hartford
Line’s qualifying results:
Q1: 7.006-second at 196.62 mph (No. 9)
Q2: 6.940, 198.12 (No. 4)
Q3: 6.940, 197.08 (No. 5, +2 bonus points)
Q4: 6.937, 196.70 (No. 4, +1)
Line, driving the blue Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, reeled off a hyper-efficient 6.937, 196.93 that moved him from the No. 5 spot up to No. 4 in the last qualifying session. The Mooresville, N.C.-based Pro Stock driver has hold of top speed of the meet entering eliminations with a 198.12 mph pass in the second qualifier. He claimed two bonus marks in the third session and one in the final round of qualifying.
“Our KB Racing Chevy Camaros are running well this weekend, and my Summit Racing Chevrolet has been good,” said Line, who is still seeking his first Denver win – a notable fact as he has won at all but five tracks on the current NHRA tour. “I’m very happy because this is certainly the best we’ve been in a while. It feels nice to make good runs again, and I’m looking forward to tomorrow. Coming to Denver and these challenging conditions, you hope you’ll do well. It’s very easy to have a plan and say, ‘this is how you do it,’ but it doesn’t always work out. This time it did. Tomorrow should be good.”
Line will race Matt Hartford in round one.
Jim Butner Auto Chevrolet Camaro
Final qualifying position: No. 10
First round opponent: Vincent Nobile
Butner’s qualifying results:
Q1: 7.019-second at 196.76 mph (No. 12)
Q2: 6.983, 196.82 (No. 12)
Q3: 6.968, 196.64 (No. 11)
Q4: 6.957, 196.67 (No. 10)
Reigning Pro Stock champion Bo Butner came into Denver freshly cleared by his doctor to compete after suffering three small strokes following the last race on the tour in Epping. Butner was not only feeling good physically, he was lifted in spirits as his Jim Butner Auto Chevrolet Camaro, powered by KB Racing, picked up in performance. His best time of the weekend so far was a 6.957 at 196.67 that set him in the No. 10 position.
“It’s better each run, absolutely. We’re learning. This is the old championship car, so we’re getting it back, and I improved driving today, so we’ll be okay tomorrow,” said Butner, who will race against Vincent Nobile in the first round of eliminations. “This is one of those cases where I ended up 10th, but you don’t want to be 8th or 9th and end up first pair out, especially behind the fuel cars and in the middle of the day. I like our chances tomorrow. Today I felt great. I felt like a million bucks, and every run I’ve felt better. We’re ready to race.”
Final eliminations for the NHRA Mile-High Nationals will take place on Sunday, July 22, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Eastern.
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
Pro Stock Standings
(after NHRA Mile-High Nationals qualifying, race 14 of 24)
1. Erica Enders (1), 969
2. Greg Anderson, 964
3. Tanner Gray (3), 956
4. Vincent Nobile (2), 927
5. Drew Skillman, 842
6. Chris McGaha (2), 835
7. Jeg Coughlin Jr. (2), 798
8. Bo Butner (1), 782
9. Jason Line, 718
10. Deric Kramer (1), 705
39th annual Mile-High NHRA Nationals
July 20-22, 2018Run Schedule (all times local)
Sunday, July 22
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, July 22, watch finals LIVE on the national FOX Network (not FS1) from 3 – 6:00 pm
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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