TEAM SUMMIT RACING LEAVES ST. LOUIS WITH CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS LEAD
ST. LOUIS, MO (September 25, 2016) – Team Summit Racing driver Jason Line maintains the Pro Stock points lead in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship following the AAA NHRA Midwest Nationals in St. Louis this past weekend.
JASON LINE Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro SS
Jason Line qualified sixth with a 6.611 second, 209.43 MPH pass. He defeated defending Pro Stock Champion Erica Enders-Stevens in Round One of eliminations (6.609/209.43 to 6.699/206.35) and Summit Racing teammate Greg Anderson in Round Two Line (6.637/208.49 to 6.645/208.39).
Line faced KB Racing teammate Bo Butner in the semi-finals. Butner had the immediate advantage off the starting line with an almost perfect reaction time (.003 second to Line’s .058) and took the win, 6.678/207.75 to 6.627/208.78.
“We did a very poor job of executing during qualifying and all our cars ended up facing each other early on,” Line said. “Now we have to get the car tuned up for Reading, which will have different track and weather conditions. It’s going to be a challenge.”
GREG ANDERSON Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro SS
Greg Anderson qualified second with a 6.605/209.07 run. He defeated Alan Prusiensky in Round One of eliminations, 6.627/209.49 to 6.769/203.98.
Anderson faced teammate Jason Line in Round Two. Going into the race Anderson had the better record against Line (35 to 30), but it was Line that took the win here, 6.637/208.49 to 6.645/208.39.
“We did a poor job of qualifying. All three of us ended up on the same side of the ladder and unfortunately that was our demise I guess,” Anderson said. “The points battle is still wide open. Obviously nobody made any big moves. We’ll go to Reading and try to do a better job on Friday and Saturday and it will be a better day on race day.”
Anderson remains second in the Pro Stock points standings.
TIM WILKERSON Ford Shelby Mustang Nitro Funny Car
Tim Wilkerson qualified fourth with 3.912/325.61 run. He defeated Brian Stewart in Round One of eliminations (3.984/38.32 to 4.024/316.45) and Matt Hagan in Round Two (3.928/316.52 to 3.948/326.40).
Wilkerson faced Tommy Johnson Jr. in the semi-finals. Johnson Jr. had a slight starting line advantage and Wilkerson quickly took the lead, but engine problems slowed Wilkerson’s Mustang and Johnson took the win, 3.937/323.04 to 3.993/283.97.
“We had a blower pulley break in the third round there,” Wilkerson said. “The Levi, Ray & Shoup Mustang is running good again, knock on wood. We were able to get a few bonus points in qualifying this weekend. I’m real proud of my guys. It was a good weekend.”
Wilkerson is currently ninth in the Funny Car points standings.
KENNY LANG Summit Racing Equipment 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
Kenny Lang qualified twentieth with a 5.972/243.50. He was in the Pro Mod field until the last qualifying session when he was bumped out of the Top 16.
Team Summit Notes: Top Fuel
Doug Kalitta qualified fourth (3.721/327.11). He defeated Terry McMillen in Round One of eliminations, but lost to Shawn Langdon in the second round. Kalitta is currently second in the points standings.
J.R. Todd qualified third (3.750/321.58). He defeated Kyle Wurtzel and Pat Dakin in the first two rounds of eliminations, but lost to Tony Schumacher in the semi-finals. Todd is currently seventh in the points standings.
Team Summit Notes: Funny Car
Del Worsham qualified seventh (3.929/324.75), but lost to John Force in Round One. He is currently fourth in the points standings.
Alexis DeJoria qualified ninth (3.945/323.19) but was defeated by Tommy Johnson Jr. in Round One. She is currently 10th in the points standings.