TEAM SUMMIT RACING MAINTAINS POINTS LEAD HEADED INTO COUNTDOWN
Indianapolis, IN (September 5, 2016) –Team Summit Racing Pro Stock drivers Jason Line and Greg Anderson remain first and second in the points standings after the 62nd Annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, the final race of the NHRA regular season.
Line and Anderson were also chosen by Chevrolet Performance to be Honorary Starters for the race. On race day they paraded down the track in brand new Chevrolet Camaros and were presented with plaques to commemorate the occasion.
JASON LINE Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro SS
Line qualified fifth with a 6.593 second, 209.88 MPH pass. He defeated Aaron Strong in Round One of eliminations, 6.634/208.26 to 6.662/207.46. Line’s day ended in Round Two against Vincent Nobile. Line left the starting line -.003 of a second too early, red-lighting and giving the win to Nobile, 6.673/208.52 to 6.670/207.85.
“We use this race as a good chance to try a couple of things that we normally wouldn’t try,” Line said. “We learned some things, some positive and some not so positive. Either way, they are data points. There is stuff you can take away from it.”
Line remains first in the points standings heading into the NHRA Countdown to the Championship.
GREG ANDERSON Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro SS
Greg Anderson qualified second with a 6.576/209.88 pass. Anderson had a perfect 0.000 second reaction time in Round One and defeated Jeg Coughlin Jr., 6.633/208.62 to 6.696/206.61. Reaction time cost Anderson in Round Two against Allen Johnson. Johnson got a .035 second jump at the starting line and never looked back, taking the win with a 6.683/207.21 to Anderson’s quicker 6.655/207.21.
“We’ve said that all year long that every race we go to we have to keep getting better or they are going to catch up to us,” Anderson said. “We have about 10 days of work ahead of us before Charlotte, and we did learn a lot of things this weekend and think we have a good direction. It’s not going to be easy, but we feel good about the playoffs.”
Anderson is second in the points standings heading into the NHRA Countdown to the Championship.
TIM WILKERSON Ford Shelby Mustang Nitro Funny Car
Tim Wilkerson qualified ninth with a 3.914/323.97 pass. He smoked the tires right off the starting line in Round One of eliminations, handing the win to Robert Hight, 6.683/207.21 to 3.931/326.56. Losing traction and smoking the tires has been a problem plaguing Wilkerson.
“I really didn’t think the car would do what it did first round,” Wilkerson said. “We’re still a little disappointed on why it would have smoked the tires. We had less clutch on it, but there just wasn’t any traction in that spot we were at. We got some ideas —different tire pressure charts, places to put the car on the track, wheelie bar heights. We’re going to have to change something we’re doing.”
Wilkerson is ninth in the points standings heading into the Countdown to the Championship.
Team Summit Notes: Pro Modified
Kenny Lang did not attend the event.
Team Summit Notes: Top Fuel
Doug Kalitta qualified sixth (3.726/321.81). He defeated Richie Crampton and Brittany Force in the first two rounds of eliminations, but lost to Steve Torrence in the semi-finals. Kalitta is currently second in the points standings.
J.R. Todd qualified ninth (3.734/311.63). He defeated Morgan Lucas and Clay Millican in the first two rounds of eliminations, but lost to Tony Schumacher in the semi-finals. Todd is currently sixth in the points standings.
Team Summit Notes: Funny Car
Del Worsham qualified seventh (3.874/328.86). He defeated Alexis DeJoria, Dave Richards and Ron Capps to reach the final round where he runner-upped to Matt Hagan. Worsham is currently second in the points standings.
Alexis DeJoria qualified 10th (3.945/324.28) but lost to Del Worsham in Round One of eliminations. She is currently 10th in the points standings.
Final Round Results from the 62nd Annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals
Top Fuel: Tony Schumacher (3.806/317.64) defeated Steve Torrence (3.803/325.06).
Funny Car: Matt Hagan (3.964/327.43) defeated Del Worsham (3.958/324.20).
Pro Stock: Chris McGaha (6.688/207.15) defeated Allen Johnson (6.715/207.08).
Pro Stock Motorcycle: Andrew Hines (6.862/194.63) defeated Hector Arana Jr. (foul start).
Pro Modified: Von Smith (11.726 73.67) defeated Troy Coughlin (foul start).
The 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will continue with the NHRA Carolina Nationals, Sept. 16-18 at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, North Carolina. The event is the first of the six-race Countdown to the Championship playoffs.