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Butner No. 1, Anderson Hot on His Heels on Friday at the NHRA Gatornationals


Jason Line GSGAINESVILLE, 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.

Bo Butner

Bo Butner

“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.

Bo Butner

Bo Butner and the Summit Racing Cobra Jet

“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.

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

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

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)

NHRA Mello Yello pts2019 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

50th gatornatsRace Info
50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals
Gainesville Raceway, Gainesville, Fla.
March 14-17, 2019gainsvilleRun 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 continuefox#NHRAonFOX Television Schedule (all times ET)
Qualifying / Saturday – 9-10 PM ET / FS1
Finals / Sunday – 7:30-11 PM ET / FS1 

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KB Racing has 150 Pro Stock wins & eight NHRA Pro Stock Championships