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Anderson Advances to Semis, Line Yet to Race Round Two at Disjointed NHRA Midwest Nationals

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Summit topGreg AndersonMADISON, Ill. (October 5, 2020) – No one who attended the 9th annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA Midwest Nationals will ever forget it. The race, held at Wide World Technology Raceway on the outskirts of St. Louis, was uneventful on Saturday as qualifying was delayed by rain until it was simply too cold to make passes. The field was set on points for the first time since 2000 – points leader and Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro driver Jason Line was awarded the pole – and the weather forecast appeared ripe for blasting track records on Sunday.

Raceday proved to be too cold and windy, though, and the conditions made safety uncertain for the Pro Stock cars, which have very little downforce. Teams made adjustments to their racecars to accommodate, but there was only so much they could do. After Kenny Delco got loose in the first round and barrel rolled his car next to Greg Anderson, scrutiny of the situation intensified. Racing continued into the second round, but only halfway as the first two pairs were clearly impacted by conditions that were not improving.

NHRA announced the decision to stop the race and send Pro Stock, Pro Mod, Pro Stock Motorcycle, and Factory Stock Showdown classes down the road to finish at a later date. The date and location have not yet been announced, but with three races remaining on the schedule before the 2020 season concludes, eliminations will likely be concluded in Dallas and/or Houston. Currently, the NHRA Finals are slated for Las Vegas on Halloween weekend, COVID-19 restrictions permitting.

“It’s frustrating, and you hate to quit, ever, once you get started,” said Anderson, who clocked a 6.527-second pass at 210.83 mph in the first round and then put up low elapsed time of the event, 6.502, 211.53, to Jeg Coughlin Jr.’s untamed 6.686, 184.88.

“But when you step back and look at it, I guess it was the right decision. I’m very happy we survived and have a chance, still, to win this event, but I’m sad that we couldn’t finish. It’s not a lot of fun trying to drive down the racetrack like that, but then again, it’s a huge challenge – and I like huge challenges. I was up for it, if we were going to keep going. We would have kept trying, kept working to make our cars better to get down that track.”

KB Racing-powered Matt Hartford clocked a 6.521, 210.44 to defeat Alex Laughlin’s 6.562, 208.26 before the round was halted. Line and Aaron Stanfield, as well as Erica Enders and Chris McGaha, have yet to complete their round-two matches. The winner of the Line-Stanfield meeting will face Hartford in the semis, and the victor in the Enders-McGaha race will square off with Anderson.

“It’s been an unusual weekend, to say the least,” said Line, who was three marks ahead of Enders in the Pro Stock standings after the qualifying order was set. “I can’t say that I’ve ever seen anything quite like it. I would have liked a win at this track, but the good news is that we’re still in. We still have a chance for the trophy, wherever the next few rounds take place. I’m looking forward to it. It’s certainly making my last year of racing Pro Stock interesting.”

The next event on the 2020 NHRA tour is the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex near Dallas, Oct. 14-18.

Jason Line

Jason Line

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro

Results:

  • R1: Jason Line defeated Mason McGaha, 6.522-second at 211.83 mph to 16.724, 48.53
  • R2: not yet contested
Greg Anderson

Greg Anderson

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro

Results:

  • R1: Greg Anderson defeated Kenny Delco, 6.527-second at 210.83 mph to 6.911, 128.32
  • R2: Anderson def. Jeg Coughlin Jr., 6.502, 211.53 to 6.686, 184.88
Bo Butner

Bo Butner

Bo Butner
KB Racing, Strutmasters.com/Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro

Results:

  • R1: Aaron Stanfield defeated Bo Butner, 6.543-second at 211.00 mph to 6.558, 204.79

Quote:
“It’s just typical 2020, and we sure hope 2021 is better. It was bad for everyone, but we still have a few races left. Man, I feel like our Chevy Camaro is so good. It’s really coming around, and I’m not giving up. As of right now, we have three races left. We can still get a win in.”

Low elapsed time*: Greg Anderson, 6.502-second
Top speed*: Jason Line, 211.83 mph

*Provisional until event is concludednhra logo2020 NHRA Pro Stock Standings
(after NHRA Midwest Nationals qualifying, eliminations not complete as of Oct. 5)

1. Jason Line, 553
2. Erica Enders, 550
3. Jeg Coughlin Jr., 517
4. Alex Laughlin, 394
5. Matt Hartford, 363
6. Greg Anderson, 357
7. Chris McGaha, 334
8. Aaron Stanfield, 317
9. Bo Butner, 313
10. Deric Kramer, 312

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

KB Racing has 161 Pro Stock wins & eight NHRA Pro Stock Championships

KB Racing includes Summit Racing NHRA Pro Stock drivers Jason Line, a three-time world champion; four-time Pro Stock world champ Greg Anderson; and 2017 Pro Stock champion Bo Butner, who leases the engines and car from the team. KB Racing also provides power to Deric Kramer, Matt Hartford, and Kyle Koretsky. All of the KB Racing engines are built in Ken Black’s race shop in Mooresville, N.C.

Photo Credit: Auto Imagery, driver photos: NHRA

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