Second on Friday, Line Has Eyes on Big Prize on Saturday
Event: Sixth annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals
Location: Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, Norwalk, Ohio
Day/Date: Friday, July 6, 2012
Despite conditions that withered fans and race teams alike, Summit Racing Camaro driver Jason Line produced some heat of his own during the first day of qualifying for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, recording the second-quickest time in each of the two sessions. After opening with a 6.707-second, 205.72 mph pass in the heat of the afternoon, he took advantage of the slightly cooler conditions on his second attempt, covering the quarter-mile in 6.697-seconds with a top speed of 205.94 mph to place second midway through the qualifying procedure.
With his position in Sunday’s final eliminations field fairly secure, Line turned his attention towards Saturday’s K&N Horsepower Challenge, a specialty race pitting some of the top drivers in the division in a three-round shootout with the winner pocketing $50,000. Having earned the No. 1 qualifying position with 10 No. 1 qualifying performances and a 2.22 average starting position over the last year, he now looks to add a win in this prestigious event to his racing resume.
“It was a good first day for the Summit Racing Camaro,” said Line. “We made two nice consistent runs, and believe we still have something left. Given the conditions, which were hard on everyone, I’d have to say we’re fairly pleased with our performance, and I am very proud of the job this team continues to do.
“The forecast is calling for similar conditions tomorrow, so I believe we’re in good shape for Sunday, which allows us to focus on tomorrow’s K&N Horsepower Challenge. I’ve never won it before, and even though the field is going to be extremely tough, I think we have as good a shot as anyone to take home the money and help a lucky fan win a new truck courtesy of the fine folks at K&N.”