Line Hoping No. 3 Spot Proves Lucky Once More on Raceday in Phoenix
CHANDLER, Ariz., February 22, 2014 – Just two weeks ago at the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season opener in Pomona, Pro Stock driver Jason Line earned a start from the No. 3 position and went on to win the 32nd race of his professional career in the Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro. This weekend, at the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals near Phoenix, Line is again the No. 3 qualifier and is hoping to repeat the recent success he had with the number beside his name.
Line is quite familiar with the No. 3 these days. The number on his racecar is also 3 to reflect his points finish from last season, but here, at the second of 24 races on the schedule, Line is working to preserve his spot as the top driver in the series. Points leader Line, supported by his steadily surging KB Racing crew, picked up a total of six bonus points during qualifying, including three marks scored in the final session when he made the quickest run of the round, a 6.560 at 211.20 mph.
“It’s been a good weekend so far, but it’s a little early to be counting bonus points for us,” said Line, of Mooresville, N.C. “To be quite honest, I’m way more excited about the fact that I have a good racecar, and certainly a racecar that can win the race.”
Line launched into qualifying with his best run of the weekend so far, a 6.536 at 211.69 mph (good for one bonus point as the third-quickest of the round) and followed with a strong 6.544, 211.83 that raked in two extra marks as second-quickest of all.
Saturday morning began with a 6.582, 211.00 that was moderately disappointing, but closing out qualifying with his strong afternoon performance was certainly uplifting for Team Summit. On Sunday, Line will race Steve Kent in the first round of eliminations, a driver he last met – and beat – in the first round at the Topeka Kansas Nationals in 2012.
“The challenge tomorrow will be the same as it is every Sunday: to be mistake-free,” said Line. “To win right now, that’s what it takes. We can do it, though – we did it last race, and we can do it again. There is definitely more left for us out there, we didn’t get it all just yet, but we learned some things. All in all, I think we’re in a good spot.”