Line Takes Notes in Denver, First of Three in a Row
Denver, Colo., July 21, 2013 – Summit Racing Pro Stock driver Jason Line was pleasantly surprised by the performance of his Chevrolet Camaro on the first day of qualifying at the Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway, but the rest of the weekend didn’t pan out quite as expected. The Mooresville, N.C.-based driver picked up a round win on Sunday but was halted in round two.
The positive for Line, one half of the KB Racing duo that also includes teammate Greg Anderson, is planning to take everything learned on The Mountain and turn it into success as the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour departs for the second of three consecutive events on the notoriously grueling Western Swing.
Line qualified his blue Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro in the No. 7 spot based on a best time of 6.986-second at 196.70 mph in Denver. In the first round, he was first off the starting line next to opponent Rodger Brogdon and turned the advantage into victory at the top end. Line’s reaction time was a very respectable .029-second to Brogdon’s .047, and the 30-time national event victor scored the round win with a 7.022 at 195.76 mph to his challenger’s quicker yet losing 7.016. The holeshot win came with a second round meeting with V. Gaines, and this time it was his opponent who got the jump at the starting line. Gaines kept ahead for a 7.001 to 7.019 win.
“Unfortunately, I don’t feel like I did a very good job as a driver today,” said a humble Line, who is currently ranked fifth in NHRA’s Mello Yello Series Pro Stock standings. “We did win a round, and that’s always a good thing, but we want to go a lot farther than that with our Summit Racing Camaros no matter where we are. To tell you the truth, I’m glad we’re going to Sonoma next week to race because it gives the KB Racing team the opportunity to continue working on our program. We like Sonoma, and hopefully we’ll be able to rise to the occasion there.
“I do think that we hit on a couple of things here that showed us a glimmer of hope. Hopefully, those things will parlay into some success next week and we can get one of the Summit Racing Chevy Camaros to the winner’s circle.”