Team Summit NHRA Finals Wrap-Up
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Final points position: No. 5
The driver of the blue Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro defeated a tire-chattering Vincent Nobile in the first round, 6.518-second at 212.19 mph to 9.984, 92.09 in the first round. In round two, Line again clocked a speed in excess of 212 mph in his 6.537, 212.03 victory over Alex Laughlin’s 6.560, 210.87.
For his efforts, Line was awarded a trip to the semifinals and a meeting with young Tanner Gray, the newly christened Pro Stock champion. Notably, Line was the first driver to deal Gray defeat when he entered the Pro Stock playing field; he knocked out the then-17-year-old in the second round of the season-opener in 2017. This time, though, it was Gray with the win. Line was a perfect .000 at the tree to his opponent’s .020-second reaction time, but a wicked bout of tire-shake ended the Team Summit driver’s raceday on an abrupt note.
“I knew I needed to at least match Tanner [in reaction time], and I felt like we could have outrun him a little bit. Turns out, not so much. It just smoked the tires,” said Line, who ended the season in the No. 5 position. “We made a change because we weren’t happy with that last run, and it was not the right move. That was a little frustrating because I was the first guy to ever beat Tanner, and I wanted to be the last. It is what it is, and maybe you can look at it as he got his revenge. But congratulations to their team – they earned it, and he did a phenomenal job driving. You can’t take that away from him. It’s been a challenging year for us, and I’m glad we get a fresh start in three months. There is a lot to do in the off-season, and we’re excited about some of the opportunities that we’ll have to work on things we haven’t in the past.”
Line’s race results:
Round 1: Jason Line defeated Vincent Nobile, 6.518-second at 212.19 mph to 9.984, 92.09
Round 2: Line defeated Alex Laughlin, 6.537, 212.03 to 6.560, 210.87
Round 3: Tanner Gray defeated Line, 6.535, 211.63 to 13.224, 65.77
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Final points position: No. 7
Greg Anderson had a year of highs and lows in the 2018 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, and it ended without fanfare on Sunday at the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona. He was No. 1 qualifier nine times over the course of the season in the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, earned a victory at Denver in the toughest race conditions on the tour, and reached the final round two more times. Four-time world champion Anderson led the Pro Stock points throughout the summer, but when the Countdown to the Championship kicked off, he couldn’t quite keep his groove.
Anderson’s season came to a close in the second round at the hands of Drew Skillman, 6.535, 210.77 to 6.548, 212.33, and the Mooresville, N.C., resident was the recipient of the No. 7 spot in the championship standings. Anderson clocked top speed of the meet at 212.33 mph. He and Team Summit counterparts Jason Line and Bo Butner were the only drivers who exceeded 212 mph on raceday in Pomona.
“I really thought today we would come out and run really well, and it ran okay, but we weren’t good enough. On top of that, I didn’t do a good job driving, and I feel bad,” said the driver who is notoriously hard on himself for anything less than exceptional performances. “That can’t happen in today’s world of Pro Stock. I wanted to finish the season on a positive note, but we just didn’t get it done. We’ve got a lot of work to do in the off-season to up our game. It’s been a long year, and I never really felt like we had what we needed from both the car and the driver – so we’re going to work very hard over the winter to fix that.”
Round 1: Greg Anderson defeated Fernando Cuadra, 6.525-second at 212.26 mph to 6.608, 209.88
Round 2: Drew Skillman def. Anderson, 6.535, 210.77 to 6.548, 212.33
Jim Butner Auto Chevrolet Camaro
Final points position: No. 8
Departing Pro Stock world champion Bo Butner won the season-closer in 2017 in Pomona to clinch the top spot, and he carried on the Pomona win streak with a victory at the 2018 season-opener. This time, his success at Auto Club Raceway was cut short in the second round. After a decisive 6.522-second, 212.26 mph victory over Matt Hartford’s 11.592, 77.76, Butner was ousted by Jeg Coughlin Jr., 6.525, 211.39 to 6.546, 211.86. The margin of victory was just .001-second.
“That race was so close that we didn’t know who won,” said Butner, who ends the year No. 8 in the standings. “When the TV crew motioned him over instead of me, I knew that was it. It was bittersweet, but I felt like we had a good race. I can’t complain, and I’m not upset. It was just his turn to win that round. Of course, I wanted to leave here with a win, and that’s a tough feeling, but we do have a great future ahead. I’m still happy, and I’m excited about what comes next.”
Round 1: Bo Butner defeated Matt Hartford, 6.522-second at 212.26 mph to 11.592, 77.76
Round 2: Jeg Coughlin defeated Butner, 6.525, 211.39 to 6.546, 211.86
NHRA’s Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will pick up in three months at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. The season-opening NHRA Winternationals are slated to take place February 7-10, 2019.
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
Pro Stock Standings
(after NHRA Finals)
1. Tanner Gray (8), 2758
2. Jeg Coughlin Jr. (3), 2571
3. Drew Skillman, 2559
4. Erica Enders (1), 2525
5. Jason Line (1), 2472
6. Vincent Nobile (3), 2452
7. Greg Anderson (1), 2418
8. Bo Butner (2), 2379
9. Deric Kramer (2), 2268
10. Chris McGaha (2), 2184
**Full results posted throughout the weekend at DragRaceCentral.com**
Photo Credit: Auto Imagery, Driver photos: NHRA
KB Racing has 149 Pro Stock wins & 8 NHRA Pro Stock Championships