ENNIS, Texas (October 19, 2020) – Greg Anderson and his Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro came oh-so-close to sealing the deal on the 95th Pro Stock win of his career at this weekend’s AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals. Texas Motorplex has tended to be fond of Anderson as he has earned more Pro Stock wins there than any other currently competing driver, but this weekend his charge for a sixth Dallas trophy ended in the final round next to KB Racing teammate Matt Hartford.
“Today all day, Texas was good to us,” said Anderson. “My Summit Racing Chevy was fantastic, it was the best car I had all year by a mile. But I can’t seem to get the two things together, the car and the driver, to win a race right now. You have to have both of those things just right.”
Starting from the No. 7 position, Anderson had a tough customer in the first round of eliminations in KB Racing teammate Kyle Koretsky. The rookie Pro Stock driver was on his game in their mid-morning meeting and launched first with a .016-second reaction time, but Anderson came charging from behind in his Summit Racing Chevy with a low-of-the-round 6.566-second pass at 207.85 mph to oust a 6.590, 208.33.
The margin of victory was just .001-second, but it was enough to get the job done, and Anderson’s bold elapsed time was good for lane choice over Alex Laughlin in the second round.
There, Anderson surged ahead to take the lead by half track and kept right on going, illuminating the scoreboard with a winning 6.590, 207.88 to defeat a 6.629, 206.23. The quickest run of the round was exchanged, once again, for lane choice over his competitor – this time in a semifinals meeting with Jeg Coughlin.
Anderson and his Summit Racing hot rod held a 57-46 advantage against Coughlin in prior events, and the four-time Pro Stock champ extended the record with a swift 6.612, 207.40 to best a 6.627, 206.07.
On the other side of the ladder, Hartford was utilizing KB Racing horsepower and his clutch foot to cut a powerful path through eliminations. He blasted past Chris McGaha in the first round and then scored the victory in the second round over KB Racing cohort Bo Butner. Hartford’s semifinals win over Erica Enders was credited to deftness with his left foot; a .008-second reaction time was the decider as he knocked out the incoming points leader on a holeshot, 6.641, 206.76 to 6.625, 207.43.
“That semifinal run was the one that really set this day apart for us,” said Hartford. “Obviously everybody is going to say that I strung her out, I was tardy getting in and ask what took me so long to stage, and that’s all the truth. But we have every right to do whatever we want. She pre-staged fairly quickly, and I just decided I was going to take my time, relax, take a couple of deep breaths, and not be in a hurry. There was a lot on the line.”
Hartford’s disposal of Enders was impressive and particularly beneficial to KB Racing teammate Jason Line and the silver Summit Racing Chevy – Line is thick in the points battle but was eliminated in the second round and could only watch. At the end of the day, the three-time Pro Stock champion was just 31 points out of the lead with two races remaining on the 2020 NHRA Camping World Series schedule.
“It was a shorter day than we anticipated for the silver Summit Racing Chevy Camaro, but the good news is that my teammates were helpful in making sure we still have a reasonable shot at the championship,” said Line, who will retire from Pro Stock driving at the conclusion of the year. “Tomorrow is a new day, and we’ll see what Houston [the next event on the tour] holds for us. We’ve got two more races before the Finish Line Tour comes to an end for me, and I’d like to get another one of these trophies.”
After sending Enders back to her race hauler empty-handed in the semis, Hartford and his Total Seal team, including longtime crew chief Eddie Guarnaccia, buckled down to prepare for the ninth final of his career and second this season. He knew he would have his hands full with Anderson in the other lane, and Hartford left nothing on the table when the two came to the starting line. The Total Seal Chevy launched first with a .018-second reaction time, and Hartford parlayed the headstart into victory with a 6.625, 206.39 to Anderson’s quicker 6.588, 207.94.
“My guys did a great job, and they saved my bacon all day long,” said Anderson, who moved up to the No. 5 position in the Pro Stock points with his performance. “They tried again in the final and I dropped the ball. I have to figure out what I’m doing wrong. I’m not a guy who cuts a .060 light. I’m doing something wrong, I just don’t know what yet. That’s what I’m going to be working on before we get to Houston next week, because if I can get that figured out, we’re going to win.”
The next stop on the 2020 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series tour is the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil at Houston Raceway Park, October 23-25.
Low elapsed time: Deric Kramer, 6.541-second
Top speed: Kyle Koretsky, 210.80 mph
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
R1: Greg Anderson defeated Kyle Koretsky, 6.566-second at 207.85 mph to 6.590, 208.33
R2: Anderson def. Alex Laughlin, 6.590, 207.88 to 6.629, 206.23
R3: Anderson def. Jeg Coughlin Jr., 6.612, 207.40 to 6.627, 206.07
R4: Hartford def. Anderson, (.018) 6.625, 206.39 to (.066) 6.588, 207.94Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
R1: Jason Line defeated Cristian Cuadra, 6.581-second at 207.72 mph to 6.639, 206.89
R2: Jeg Coughlin Jr. def. Line, 6.629, 206.48 to 6.631, 200.80Bo Butner
KB Racing, Strutmasters/Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet
R1: Bo Butner defeated Kenny Delco, 6.617-second at 207.37 mph to 6.624, 206.73
R2: Matt Hartford def. Butner, 6.629, 206.04 to 6.646, 206.83
“I’m planning to go to Houston and win. We had two KB Racing cars in the final this week, and that’s good because I drive a KB Racing Chevy. You never know what can happen these next two races. It’s so tight right now that you really can’t pick who’s going to win.”
2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after NHRA FallNationals qualifying)
1. Erica Enders, 696
2. Jason Line, 665
3. Jeg Coughlin Jr., 603
4. Matt Hartford, 515
5. Greg Anderson, 488
6. Alex Laughlin, 468
7. Chris McGaha, 382
8. Deric Kramer, 371
9. Aaron Stanfield, 368
10. Bo Butner, 365
**Full results at DragRaceCentral.com**
KB Racing has 162 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