Line Makes Progress with New Camaro, Starts Fourth in Bristol
Event: 15th annual Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals
Location: Bristol Dragway, Bristol, Tennessee
Day/Date: Saturday, June 16, 2012
Jason Line and the Summit Racing team continued to familiarize themselves with their new Chevrolet Camaro on Saturday as part of the second day of qualifying for the Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tennessee. Despite their limited experience with their new mount, Line and the KB Racing crew made their final two timed passes at Bristol Dragway count, posting the second-quickest elapsed time in each session, highlighted by his 6.662-second, 206.95 mph pass on his third attempt, netting the fourth starting position for Sunday’s final eliminations.
As he prepared for his first-round match-up with fellow Minnesota native Warren Johnson, the 2006 Bristol winner found cause for cautious optimism on race day, giving full credit to his race team for adapting so quickly to the new chassis.
“I am super stoked that we were able to qualify fourth and get bonus points in two qualifying sessions with a race car that came here with a total of eight test runs,” said Line. “This Summit Racing Camaro is going to be a bad ass hot rod, absolutely better than our old Pontiacs. It’s just a matter of time.
“As I told Alan (NHRA announcer Reinhart) at the top end I don’t know any other team that could have taken a car with so few runs on it and come out here and qualify in the top four. I’m continuing to get more comfortable in it, and it drives like a million bucks. There’s a few little things we’ll have to fix as time goes on to, but it really is a great car. I’m proud to be wearing a Bow Tie.”