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NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
2019 Auto Club NHRA Finals
Auto Club Raceway at Pomona

Jason LineJason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro

Jason Line

Jason Line

Car No.: PS5

Current points position: No. 4

Event-Specific Notes:

  • Wright, Minnesota-native Jason Line is the driver of the silver Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
  • He enters the event No. 4 in the Pro Stock points, 116 points out of the lead. Points in Pomona will count as points-and-a-half, and Line is still mathematically within reach of the Championship.
  • Although Line has yet to win the NHRA Finals, he has reached the final round at the last race of the season four times. Three of those times it was Summit Racing teammate Greg Anderson in the other lane.
  • Line’s success in Pomona includes a final-round appearance in Pomona at least once each year since 2014
  • Line reached the final round at the season-opener in Pomona this year. He was runner-up to KB Racing teammate and defending world champion Bo Butner
  • In both 2014 and 2016, Line reached the final at both Pomona events

Driver Notes:

  • Jason Line debuted a new Jerry Haas-built Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro at the 2019 Mello Yello Series season-opener in Pomona and wheeled it to the final round
  • The driver of the silver Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro accumulated 600 Pro Stock round wins with his first-round victory in Richmond this season. It is the third most of any active driver in the category.
  • The Mooresville, N.C.-based drag racer has 52 national event wins on his scorecard: 50 in Pro Stock and two in Stock Eliminator, one of NHRA’s premier Sportsman categories.
  • In addition to driving for KB Racing, Line is the dyno operator at KB Racing and is an active part of the tuning team for the cars in the KB Racing stable
  • Line has three NHRA Pro Stock world titles with KB Racing (2006, 2011, 2016), as well as one NHRA Sportsman championship earned in Stock Eliminator behind the wheel of his 1970 Buick Gran Sport (1993)
  • His Pro Stock debut was in 2003 in Columbus

Line in Pomona
5 wins in 12 final rounds
Runner-up 2019 PC1 (Bo Butner)
Runner-up 2018 PC1 (Bo Butner)
Won 2017 PC1 (defeated Greg Anderson)
Runner-up 2016 PC2 (Greg Anderson)
Runner-up 2016 PC1 (Anderson)
Won 2015 PC1 (defeated Drew Skillman)
Runner-up 2014 PC2 (Erica Enders)
Won 2014 PC1 (defeated V. Gaines)
Won 2011 PC1 (defeated Greg Stanfield)
Won 2009 PC1 (defeated Mike Edwards)
Runner-up 2006 PC2 (Anderson)
Runner-up 2004 PC2 (Anderson)
No. 1 at PC1 in 2012
No. 1 at PC2 in 2005, 2006, 2012, 2014, 2016
Last year at this event: Qualified No. 2; semifinals
At PC1 in 2019: Qualified No. 5; final round

Line’s career stats through 2019 Dodge NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas
(most recent event)
3-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2006, 2011, 2016)
1993 NHRA Stock Eliminator champion
373 Pro Stock races
50 Pro Stock wins
52 overall wins, including NHRA Sportsman and Professional categories
(2 Stock Eliminator, 50 Pro Stock)
52 runner-up finishes
102 Pro Stock final rounds
104 overall final rounds, including NHRA Sportsman and Professional competition
(2 Stock Eliminator, 102 Pro Stock)
55 Pro Stock No. 1 qualifier awards
Career best e.t.: 6.455
Career best speed: 215.17

Quotes:
“The goal this weekend is pretty straightforward. We want two Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaros in the final round, and we want to win. It’s as simple as that. Like every year, a lot of effort went into increasing performance and being better every race, and the drivers have been working hard to be their best, too. We’ve had highs and lows, but we know we’ve got a lot of potential. Pomona will be about living up to it.”

Greg AndersonGreg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro

Greg Anderson

Car No.: PS7

Current points position: No. 6

Event-Specific Notes:

  • Greg Anderson, born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota, is the driver of the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro
  • Anderson is tied with Bob Glidden at 12 for Pro Stock drivers with the most Pomona victories. Only one driver in any Pro category has more wins at Auto Club Raceway than Anderson: Funny Car driver John Force has 16.
  • Only two Pro Stock drivers have ever defeated Anderson in a Pomona final: former Pro Stock champion Mike Edwards and Anderson’s Summit Racing teammate Jason Line
  • After his performance in Las Vegas two weeks ago, Anderson moved up to the No. 6 position in the Pro Stock standings. Although the points leader would have to miss the field, it is still mathematically possible for Anderson to win a fifth Pro Stock title this weekend in Pomona.

Driver Notes:

  • 2019 is Anderson’s 21st season as a Pro Stock driver. He began his career as a crew member and then was crew chief for multi-time champion Warren Johnson before taking the reins of his own Pro Stock car in Columbus in 1998.
  • Las Vegas-based Ken Black brought Anderson on board as a tuner, then a driver for KB Racing. They have been racing together for nearly two decades and have, along with crew chief Rob Downing, built a team that now owns 160 national event wins and eight championships.
  • Anderson’s four NHRA Pro Stock championships came in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2010
  • He is the most decorated Pro Stock driver on the current tour with 94 national event wins and is the second-most winning driver of all time in the category (W. Johnson has 97)
  • Anderson’s 104 starts from the No. 1 position is third-most of any Pro driver

Anderson in Pomona
12 wins in 14 Pomona final rounds
Runner-up PC1 2017 (Jason Line)
Won PC1 2016 (defeated Line)
Won PC2 2016 (defeated Line)
Won PC1 2012 (defeated Jeg Coughlin Jr.)
Runner-up PC1 2010 (Mike Edwards)
Won PC2 2009 (defeated Kurt Johnson)
Won PC1 2008 (defeated Coughlin)
Won PC2 2008 (defeated K. Johnson)
Won PC1 2007 (defeated Greg Stanfield)
Won PC1 2006 (defeated Edwards)
Won PC2 2006 (defeated Line)
Won PC1 2004 (defeated Warren Johnson)
Won PC2 2004 (defeated Line)
Won PC2 2003 (defeated K. Johnson)
No. 1 at PC1 in 2003, 2004, 2006
No. 1 at PC2 in 2003, 2005, 2016
Last year at this event: Qualified No. 5; quarterfinals
At PC1 in 2019: Qualified No. 6; first round

Anderson’s career stats through 2019 Dodge NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas
(most recent event)
4-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2003-05, 2010)
469 Pro Stock races
94 wins
63 runner-up finishes
157 overall final rounds
104 No. 1 qualifier awards
Career best e.t.: 6.457
Career best speed: 215.48

Quotes:
“I’ve had a lot of good fortune in past years; people don’t realize you just don’t win a race or a championship without good fortune. There is just too much competition, too many people that do a great job. So yes, anything can happen in Pomona. We’ll go and try as hard as we can. I’m very happy with my Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro right now. We had a good chance to win in Las Vegas, and we have a great chance to finish the year strong for Ken Black, Summit Racing, and this team.”

Bo ButnerBo Butner
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro

Bo Butner

Bo Butner

Car No.: PS8

Current points position: No. 3

Event-Specific Notes:

  • Bo Butner is the 2017 NHRA Pro Stock world champion. He secured his Pro Stock title that year in the final round of the final race of the season, the NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
  • Butner is 113 points out of the lead. Points in Pomona will count as points-and-a-half, and he is still mathematically within reach of the Championship.
  • Floyds Knobs, Indiana, native Bo Butner drives the Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro out of the KB Racing stable. He made his Pro Stock debut with KB Racing in Atlanta in 2015.
  • Butner is the most recent Pro Stock winner in Pomona; he won the season-opener there with a final-round defeat of Summit Racing teammate Jason Line
  • Butner has five wins in eight final rounds at Auto Club Raceway. 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of his first Pomona win. He defeated Jeff Taylor in the Super Stock final for the last trophy of the year and the second of his career.

Driver Notes:

  • Butner won the first race of the 2019 season and then again in Gainesville, Las Vegas, and Richmond. He enters the NHRA Finals No. 6 in the Pro Stock points.
  • Last October, Butner decided to hang up his Pro driving gloves and return to his Sportsman racing roots to focus on the Jim Butner Auto Group family business and his growing family (his first grandchild was born just after Gainesville). When the schedule was shortened to 18 races, though, he was encouraged by his mom, Dottie, to reconsider.
  • An accomplished NHRA Sportsman racer, Butner earned the Comp Eliminator championship in 2006 and has four Division 3 season titles
  • Butner has national event wins in six different categories (Pro Stock, Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Super Street, and Super Gas).

Butner in Pomona
5 wins in 8 final rounds
Won PC1 2019 Pro Stock (defeated Jason Line)
Won PC1 2018 Pro Stock (defeated Jason Line)
Won PC2 2017 Pro Stock (defeated Tanner Gray)
Won PC2 2013 Stock Eliminator (defeated Peter Biondo)
Runner-up PC2 2012 Comp (Doug Lambeck)
Runner-up PC2 2003 Super Stock (Gary Stinnett)
Runner-up PC2 2001 Comp (Don Stratton)
Won PC2 1999 Super Stock (defeated Jeff Taylor)
Last year at this event: Qualified No. 9; quarterfinals
At PC1 in 2019: Qualified No. 3; won event

Butner’s career stats through 2019 Dodge NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas
(most recent event)
2017 NHRA Pro Stock champion
2006 Competition Eliminator champion
106 races
11 Pro Stock wins
13 Pro Stock runner-up finishes
24 overall Pro Stock final rounds
11 Pro Stock No. 1 qualifier awards
27 overall wins, including NHRA Sportsman competition
(11 Pro stock, 6 Comp Eliminator, 3 Super Stock, 5 Stock Eliminator, 1 Super Street, 1 Super Gas)
55 overall final rounds, including NHRA Sportsman and Professional competition
(24 Pro Stock, 13 Comp Eliminator, 6 Super Stock, 7 Stock Eliminator, 1 Super Street, 2 SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown, 2 Super Gas)
Career best e.t.: 6.475
Career best speed: 214.28

Quotes:
“We’ve got all the right people, parts, and pieces, we just need to work harder in Pomona if we’re going to get to where we want to be and end the season right. Anything can happen there, we’ve seen that – I’ve seen it personally – so we’ll see what happens. Pomona has been good to us, but really, what’s meant to be is already in the cards. I’m friends out here with everybody, and every one of these guys and girls out here have worked hard this year. I knew [Elite Motorsports] would be tough to beat, but I still like my team. We don’t go to this last race with our heads hanging low. We’re not giving up.”

mello yello 182019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after Dodge NHRA Nationals, NHRA Countdown
to the Championship race 5 of 6)

1. Erica Enders (2), 2517
2. Jeg Coughlin Jr. (1), 2425
3. Bo Butner (4), 2404
4. Jason Line (2), 2401
5. Matt Hartford (1), 2399
6. Greg Anderson (3), 2360
7. Deric Kramer (2), 2359
8. Alex Laughlin (1), 2291
9. Chris McGaha (1), 2250
10. Val Smeland, 2155

Race Info
Auto Club NHRA Finals
Auto Club Raceway at Pomona
November 14-17, 2019autoclub racewayRun Schedule (all times local)
Thursday, November 14
8:30 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman qualifying and time trials begin

Friday, November 15
8:30 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations begin
12:00 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 1
2:15 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 2
After Pro qualifying – Lucas Oil Series Top Alcohol qualifying concludes

Saturday, November 16
8:30 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations continue
12:15 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 3
2:45 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 4

Sunday, November 17
9:45 a.m. – SealMaster Track Walk, followed by Pre-Race Ceremonies
11:00 a.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro eliminations beginfox#NHRAonFOX Schedule (all times ET)
Qualifying / Friday – 5:30-7:30 PM ET / FS1
Qualifying / Sunday – 3-4 PM ET / FS1
Finals / Sunday – 4-7 PM ET / FS1

#NHRAFinals #NHRACountdown
**Full results at DragRaceCentral.com**

Photo Credit: Auto Imagery, driver photos: NHRA

KB Racing has 160 Pro Stock wins & eight NHRA Pro Stock Championships

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