LAS VEGAS, NV (April 7, 2019) – Bo Butner’s KB Racing-powered Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro has taken a liking to the racing surface at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and proved it by traveling swiftly and consistently down the quarter-mile to land its pilot his second No. 1 of the season. Butner’s possession of the pole at the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals marks his 10th time to lead the pack as a Pro Stock driver.
“Our crew has worked so hard,” said points leader Butner, who clocked a best time of 6.648-second at 206.67 mph. He will race Jeff Isbell, along with KB Racing teammates Deric Kramer and Fernando Cuadra, in the first quad on Sunday.
“Our Jim Butner Auto Group Chevy Camaro is a good car, and it’s been a good car since I first sat in it. We’re very fortunate to have the KB Racing team, Summit Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group, DENSO, and of course Speed Dawg supporting us. We’re just out here having fun, and maybe that’s one of the reasons why we have success like this. We enjoy it so much.
“We have a good racecar and went down the track four times in qualifying. Tomorrow, we’ll only have to go three to win the race. I’m very happy and can’t wait.”
Butner was also the No. 1 qualifier in Super Stock driving Jim and Frank Grossi’s GT/AA ’06 Pontiac Sunfire. On Saturday, he socked away wins in the first and second round of Super Stock, which means that he’ll be racing for two trophies on Sunday.
Notably, Butner was a double-up winner in 2012 when he won both Stock Eliminator and Comp in Las Vegas.
“It would be really awesome to double up this weekend [in Super Stock and Pro Stock]. It would be awesome for Frank and Jim Grossi. It would just be great to win here in Super Stock, period. To double up would be kind of like in Gainesville [two weeks ago], when Randi Lyn [Shipp, fiancée and Stock Eliminator racer] and I both won. It’s already been an unbelievable start to the season, and we’re just blessed.”
KB Racing teammate Greg Anderson, driver of the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, made a terrific move in the fourth and final qualifying session. Coming into the round, he was No. 7 in the lineup, but when he powered his way to a 6.664, 206.92, he launched all the way up to the No. 3 position. Anderson’s first-round quad will include Joey Grose, Alex Laughlin, and Steve Graham.
“That was certainly an improvement, but we aren’t getting to the 60-foot timer like we want to yet,” said Anderson, an eight-time Vegas winner. “That will be a focus for us on Sunday. But yes, we’re definitely pleased to see the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro improve over the course of qualifying. It’ll be interesting tomorrow because it’s going to be a whole new challenge because it looks like it’ll be a hot, greasy racetrack – the first of 2019. When that happens, all bets are off, baby.
“We’ll see tomorrow, who best can handle that challenge. Whoever can manage that will be the one that wins, and we want nothing more than to put this Summit Racing Chevy in the winner’s circle. We’ve got those DENSO spark plugs under the hood, and to win the DENSO Four-Wide Nationals would sure mean a lot to us.”
Jason Line, driver of the silver Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, settled into the No. 10 qualifying position with a best time of 6.679, 206.10. His quad will include Jeg Coughlin Jr., Alan Prusiensky, and Erica Enders.
“Four-wide racing is always a challenge, so tomorrow should be interesting,” said Line, who comes into raceday with two wins in six final rounds at The Strip. “My silver Summit Racing Chevy wasn’t quite as fast as we had hoped, but we made some changes before the last session and we feel like we’re on the right track. Tomorrow’s hot racetrack will definitely be a factor, but KB Racing has had some good fortune both in Las Vegas and in four-wide racing. We’ll see how it works out tomorrow, but our goal is always the same. We want to win the race.”
Pro eliminations at the DENSO Auto Parts NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will begin on Saturday beginning at 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time.
Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Qualifying position: No. 1
Q1: 6.677-second at 205.63 mph (No. 6)
Q2: 6.648, 206.67 (No. 1, +3 bonus points)
Q3: 6.655, 207.40 (No. 1, +3 bonus points)
Q4: 6.694, 205.51 (No. 1)
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Qualifying position: No. 3
Q1: 19.523-second at 45.66 mph (No. 14)
Q2: 6.688, 205.63 (No. 10)
Q3: 6.670, 205.63 (No. 7)
Q4: 6.664, 206.92 (No. 3, +2 bonus points)
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Qualifying position: No. 10
Q1: 6.706-second at 205.94 mph (No. 8)
Q2: 6.681, 205.76 (No. 8)
Q3: 6.687, 206.13 (No. 10)
Q4: 6.679, 206.10 (No. 10)
DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
April 5-7, 2019Run Schedule (all times local)
Sunday, April 7
9:00 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations
11:00 a.m. – Pre-race ceremonies
Noon – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro eliminations begin
eliminations for all categories continue#NHRAonFOX Television Schedule (all times ET)
Qualifying / Sunday – 11:30-12:30 AM ET / FS1
Finals / Sunday – 5:30-8:30 PM ET / FS1
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2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after Las Vegas DENSO NHRA Four-Wide Nationals qualifying, race 4 of 18)
1. Bo Butner (2), 345
2. Alex Laughlin, 265
3. Jeg Coughlin, 225
4. Matt Hartford, 224
5. Jason Line, 221
6. Rodger Brogdon, 220
7. Erica Enders, 219
8. Deric Kramer, 199
9. Chris McGaha, 169
10. Greg Anderson, 168
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KB Racing has 151 Pro Stock wins & eight NHRA Pro Stock Championships