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Anderson Reaches Semis at NHRA Houston, Line Still in the Thick of Championship Chase

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Summit topBAYTOWN, Texas (October 26, 2020) – Team Summit closed out a productive weekend at Houston Raceway Park with a semifinals finish for Greg Anderson and a crackling kindling of continued hope for Jason Line as the 2020 NHRA Camping World Series championship remains well within his reach.

Anderson carried the banner for Summit Racing into the quarterfinals with the second-quickest run of the first round, a 6.542-second pass at 210.44 mph, to beat Mason McGaha’s 6.576, 209.88. He repeated the effort with a second-quickest 6.550, 209.82 in round two to defeat Mason’s dad, Chris McGaha, and then it was on to the semifinals for a meeting with Jeg Coughlin Jr.

The veteran racers were well-matched coming into the round in terms of statistics, with Anderson holding an 11-10 advantage in previous semifinal rounds, and the two put on a heck of a race for the fans. They launched nearly in unison and were glued together as they raced down the quarter-mile. As they crossed the finish line, the win light illuminated in Coughlin’s lane. The margin of victory was a tiny .002-second.

Greg Anderson

Greg Anderson

“All of these races are decided by thousandths of a second, and any one little thing on the track can decide whether you win or lose,” said Anderson. “My Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro was a great racecar and I struggled last week as a driver, and this week I got better as a driver and had a great car until that last run. We spun the tires real bad. We have to get the car and driver together again, and when we do, were going to win a lot of races. I’m having fun; it’s good to be competitive.”

It was a fruitful day for four-time Pro Stock champion Anderson in points as he moved up to No. 4 in the class standings with just one race to go. Although it would be a longshot, the championship is still, technically, within Anderson’s grasp. Summit Racing teammate Line, however, is in the thick of things as the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series journeys to Las Vegas for next weekend’s NHRA Finals.

Line logged a stunning loss in the first round when he was delayed leaving the starting line and forfeited the match to Chris McGaha on a holeshot. He leaves Houston tied for second with Coughlin and just 35 marks behind Erica Enders.

“There’s a chance, but we’ll need a little good fortune – and we didn’t help ourselves today,” said Line, who will be retiring from Pro Stock at the conclusion of this season. “It’s a tough gig somedays, but there is definitely a chance. I want to win the championship; I want to win it for Ken Black and for Summit Racing. It would be a nice going away present for sure.”

The season-closing Dodge NHRA Finals will take place at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, October 30-November 1, 2020.

Greg Anderson

Greg Anderson

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro

Results:
R1: Greg Anderson defeated Mason McGaha, 6.542-second at 210.44 mph to 6.576, 209.88
R2: Anderson def. Chris McGaha, 6.550, 209.82 to 6.637, 208.01
R3: Jeg Coughlin Jr. def. Anderson, 6.566, 208.91 to 6.565, 210.08

Jason Line

Jason Line

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro

Results:
R1: Chris McGaha defeated Jason Line, (.051) 6.590-second at 209.88 mph to (.102) 6.552, 209.85

Bo Butner

Bo Butner

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

Results:
R1: Kyle Koretsky defeated Bo Butner, 6.563-second at 210.28 to 6.559, 208.23camping world2020 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after NHRA SpringNationals)

1. Erica Enders, 733
2t. Jason Line, 698
2t. Jeg Coughlin Jr., 698
4. Greg Anderson, 570
5. Matt Hartford, 547
6. Alex Laughlin, 531
7. Aaron Stanfield, 483
8. Chris McGaha, 434
9. Deric Kramer, 405
10. Bo Butner, 398

#SpringNats

**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

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