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Team Summit Ties up 2019 Season with Quick and Fast Racecars at NHRA Finals

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Jason Line GSPOMONA, Calif. (November 18, 2019) – The outcome of the Auto Club NHRA Finals didn’t tell the whole story, and that’s just fine with KB Racing and Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro drivers Greg Anderson and Jason Line. The 2020 season of NHRA’s Mello Yello Drag Racing Series awaits, and as the trucks were loaded on Sunday afternoon at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, the steady and fiercely determined team was already making plans for the future.

Jason Line, pilot of the silver Summit Racing Chevy Camaro, made the quickest run of the opening round with his 6.562-second pass at 210.05 mph to defeat Shane Tucker’s 6.650, 208.78. In round two, when his car made a big move out of the groove, he had to lift and slowed to an 8.371, 110.36 to Fernando Cuadra’s 6.617, 207.40.

Jason Line

Jason Line

“Today wasn’t great, but there have certainly been good moments this season – from Seattle on, my car was badass, aside from a couple of hiccups here and there,” said three-time Pro Stock champion Line, who finished the season No. 4 in the championship standings. “We won Brainerd, so I can cross that off my list. We’ve got a busy off-season coming up with a few projects we’re working on, so there is no shortage of things to do. I’m looking forward to a fresh start next year.”

Four-time Pro Stock world champion Greg Anderson, who has an astounding and ever-growing 94 national event wins, worked hard to make sure he could line up next to points leader Erica Enders in the first round. When the team’s strategy worked, Anderson had the opportunity to open the door for his teammates to battle for the title.

Anderson left the starting line first by .001-second, clocked a brilliant .016 to a .017. Down track, his opponent got the win light on a 6.570 to 6.575.

“It was a great drag race, no question about it. We just made a bad run,” said Anderson, who ended the year in the No. 7 spot. “We didn’t compensate enough for the lane. Even if we’d just made a respectable run, we would have beat her. We gave it all we had, we set the table, and we did our jobs – we just missed a little bit on the car setup and it spun the tires real bad. I’m still proud of the team effort. We achieved a lot this weekend. We drew up a plan, carried it out, and just came up .004 short.”

KB Racing-powered Bo Butner had top speed of raceday and the fastest car of the round twice over the course of eliminations. Butner’s day came to an end in the semifinals with a 6.582, 210.64 that was quicker and faster than Jeg Coughlin Jr. but negated by a .037 light to his challenger’s .022.

“I’m not disappointed,” said Butner, No. 3 in the final Pro Stock standings. “Greg did an absolutely perfect job qualifying. He hit the tree and made a good run, so what more could you ask for. I had an awesome car every run. I can’t complain. But in the off season I need to figure out how to get out of the .030-zone [on the tree]. I’ve got to do something. I don’t know what – maybe get three inches taken off my leg or something. I need to be in the teens, then we’ll have a very, very good chance.”

The 2020 season of NHRA’s Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will kick off with the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, February 6-9.

No. 1 qualifier: Jeg Coughlin Jr., 6.558-second
Top speed of qualifying: Jason Line, 211.06 mph
Low elapsed time in eliminations: Coughlin Jr. 6.558
Top Speed of the meet: Butner, 210.80

Greg Anderson

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro

Race results:
R1: Erica Enders defeated Greg Anderson, 6.570-second at 210.41 mph to 6.575, 210.31

Jason Line

Jason Line

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro

Race results:
R1: Jason Line defeated Shane Tucker, 6.562-second at 210.05 mph to 6.650, 208.78
R2: Fernando Cuadra def. Line, 6.617, 207.40 to 8.371, 110.36

Bo Butner

Bo Butner

Bo Butner
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro

Race results:
R1: Bo Butner defeated Val Smeland, 6.573-second at 211.03 mph to 7.735, 132.49
R2: Butner def. Steve Graham, 6.595, 210.80 to 14.023, 62.91
R3: Jeg Coughlin Jr. def. Butner, 6.558, 209.98 to 6.582, 210.64

mello yello 182019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after Auto Club NHRA Finals, NHRA Countdown to the Championship race 6 of 6)

1. Erica Enders (2), 2635
2. Jeg Coughlin Jr. (2), 2614
3. Bo Butner (4), 2524
4. Jason Line (2), 2495
5. Matt Hartford (1), 2448
6. Deric Kramer (2), 2409
7. Greg Anderson (3), 2408
8. Alex Laughlin (1), 2345
9. Chris McGaha (1), 2399
10. Val Smeland, 2203

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**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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