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Jason Line GSkb racingMooresville, N.C. (February 6, 2020) – The 2020 season of NHRA’s Mello Yello Drag Racing Series kicks off this weekend at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, and the KB Racing Pro Stock drivers are on the roster with full intent of bringing home the trophy. Greg Anderson and Jason Line will be behind the wheel of their respective Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro Pro Stockers, and teammate Bo Butner will campaign a sleek new look on his Strutmasters/JBA Chevrolet Camaro featuring branding of partners Jim Butner Auto Group, Summit Racing, Nitro Fish, and Speed Dawg.

Each of the last four Winternationals final rounds have been an all KB Racing head-to-head battle for the trophy, and since 2004 (when Anderson scored his first Winternationals win), only three drivers outside of KB Racing have won the season-opener at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. One of those drivers is now part of the KB Racing braintrust: Pro Stock veteran Dave Connolly, who has 26 wins in the category as a driver and was crew chief for 2018 Pro Stock champion Tanner Gray. Connolly joined KB Racing to work alongside crew chief Rob Downing in 2019.

Over the course of the past two decades, KB Racing has won the Winternationals 13 times, and they’ve had at least one car in the final round at all but two of the events since 2004.

Below are notes, quotes and stats pertaining to each driver’s career and the upcoming event.

Greg Anderson

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS7
Current points position: TBD

Event 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
  • 2020 is Anderson’s 22nd 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. 6; first round
  • At PC2 in 2019: Qualified No. 15; first round

Anderson’s career stats entering the 2020 Winternationals
4-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2003-05, 2010)
470 Pro Stock races
94 wins
63 runner-up finishes
157 overall final rounds
104 No. 1 qualifier awards
Career round wins: 826
Career best e.t.: 6.457
Career best speed: 215.48

Quotes:
“I think the off-season went pretty well. We put in a lot of work, a lot of time on the dyno, and went down to Orlando and tested. But it’s the same story every year; you just never know what your competitor has done over the winter, so you go to Pomona in fear that someone did more than you. You never know until you spin that wheel in the first qualifying session on Friday. That’s when you can really see how your winter went.”

“I’ve done this a long time now, but I’m more excited to get to the Winternationals this year than I have been in a lot of years. I’m excited to get back in my Summit Racing Chevy Camaro, lock horns with these guys, and see what we can do. It sounds like a cliché, but the competition gets deeper and tougher every year. Last year was the deepest it’s ever been, and first round at most races was like a final-round matchup. It’ll be more so this year. It’s great for the sport, but it definitely makes it tough. You have to know that and be ready, and we are.”

Greg Anderson on social media:
Facebook.com/gregandersonps; Instagram @gregandersonprostock; Twitter @GregAnderson_PS

Jason Line

Jason Line

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS4
Current points position: TBD

Winternationals Notes:

  • Jason Line will retire from driving his Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro for Ken Black Racing at the conclusion of the 2020 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. He will remain an integral part of KB Racing and Team Summit as he continues to produce and finesse high-performance engines in the team’s Mooresville, N.C., race shop, supporting their Pro Stock endeavors as well as their commitment to Sportsman racing.
  • Line’s success in Pomona includes a final-round appearance at the facility at least once each year since 2014
  • He has been in each of the last six Winternationals Pro Stock final rounds
  • All five of Line’s Pomona wins have been at the season-opener
  • Line has reached the final at the Winternationals in each of the last two seasons and was runner-up to KB Racing teammate Bo Butner both times
  • In both 2014 and 2016, Line reached the final at both Pomona events, the Winternationals as well as the NHRA Finals
  • 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. 5; final round
  • At PC2 in 2019: Qualified No. 3; quarterfinals

Line’s career stats entering the 2020 Winternationals
3-time NHRA Pro Stock series champion (2006, 2011, 2016)
1993 NHRA Stock Eliminator champion
374 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 round wins (Pro Stock): 620
Career best e.t.: 6.455
Career best speed: 215.17

Quotes:
“This is the start of the Finish Line Tour, and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m going to take a different approach this year and really try to enjoy the moment and the people. The people are, without question, one of the best parts of the sport, and I’ve been surrounded by a lot of great folks throughout my career. Some of the fans, you know you only see them at specific racetracks, so it’ll be fun to see them again. I love this class and always have, and hopefully in the future I’ll be able to do a better job at helping KB Racing and Team Summit win more races, just in a different – and better – way. I’m excited about this year, and I’m going to make the most of it in every way I can. Hopefully, we’ll be able to bring home more trophies for Summit Racing and Ken Black [team owner].”

Jason Line on social media:
Facebook.com/jasonlineps; Instagram @jasonlineprostock; Twitter @JasonLine_PS

Bo Butner

Bo Butner

Bo Butner
KB Racing, Strutmasters/JBA Chevrolet Camaro
Car No.: PS3
Current points position: TBD

Winternationals 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 enters the 2020 season of NHRA’s Mello Yello Drag Racing Series with the No. 3 on the window of his Strutmasters/JBA Chevrolet Camaro
  • Floyds Knobs, Indiana, native Butner’s Chevy Pro Stocker is powered by KB Racing. He made his Pro Stock debut with KB Racing in Atlanta in 2015 and has claimed all 11 of his wins in the class with the championship caliber team.
  • Butner has won the last two season-openers in Pomona with a final-round defeat of Summit Racing teammate Jason Line
  • This season, he will race Pro Stock at the Winternationals and will also try his hand in Top Sportsman for the first time behind the wheel of Factory Stock Showdown partner Jack Hodge’s Cobra Jet Mustang
  • Butner has five wins in eight final rounds at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona
  • 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. 3; won event
  • At PC2 in 2019: Qualified No. 4; semifinals

Butner’s career stats entering the 2020 Winternationals
2017 NHRA Pro Stock champion
2006 Competition Eliminator champion
107 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 round wins (Pro Stock): 160
Career best e.t.: 6.475
Career best speed: 214.28

Quotes:
“I’m ready to get back out there and celebrate 50 years of Pro Stock. The class is strong, and our crew and the KB Racing guys have been working very hard this off-season. We’re coming into 2020 with a lot of cool things, including our partnership with Strutmasters on our Chevy Camaro. I look for this to be a great season. We’ve won the Winternationals the last two years in a row, and we’ve had two great years. We didn’t win the championship, but we had the opportunity to, so we can’t complain. This year, I’m sure we’ll be right there in the mix again. Our goal is to put our Strustmasters Chevy Camaro in the winner’s circle.”

Bo Butner on social media:
Facebook.com/bobutnerprostock; Instagram @turbo_bobo; Twitter @boknowsracing

mello yello 182019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(final points)

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

NHRA Winternats 2020Race Info
Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals
Auto Club Raceway at Pomona
February 6-9, 2020autoclub racewayRun Schedule (all times local)
Thursday, February 6
8:30 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman qualifying and time trials begin

Friday, February 7
8:30 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations begin
12:15 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 1
2:45 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 2
After Pro qualifying – Lucas Oil Series Top Alcohol qualifying concludes

Saturday, February 8
8:30 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations continue
1:00 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 3
3:30 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 4
After Pro qualifying – Lucas Oil Series Top Alcohol eliminations continue

Sunday, February 9
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 – 6-7:30 PM ET / FS1
Qualifying / Saturday – 7-8 PM ET / FS1
Finals / Sunday – 5-8 PM ET / FS1

#Winternats #TeamSummit
**Full results at DragRaceCentral.com**

Photo Credit: Auto Imagery, Driver photo courtesy of NHRA

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

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