Line Quick but Still Wanting More After Day One In Phoenix
CHANDLER, Ariz., February 21, 2014 – The first day of qualifying at the CARQUEST NHRA Nationals at Wild Horse Motorsports Pass allowed Summit Racing Pro Stock driver Jason Line the opportunity to take his bright blue Chevrolet Camaro on a couple of quick and educational trips down the quarter-mile racetrack. Line, of Mooresville, N.C., ended the day holding in the provisional No. 3 position and just six-thousandths of a second outside of the top spot.
In the first session, Line wheeled his way to a strong 6.536 at 211.69 mph. The early numbers of the pass were particularly strong, with Line beating all of his competitors in time to the 60-foot marker, one of the most critical points on the racetrack for the powerful and precise Pro Stock cars. His speed was the quickest of them all as well, indicating an advantage that the heavy-hitting team hoped to keep and expand.
Although Line did not improve in position in the later session and the final round of the day, the Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro was again quite quick to the 60-foot timer and his 6.544-second time at the top end was one of the quickest of the session. The 211.83 mph speed that appeared on his scoreboard tied Allen Johnson for top speed of the day. Johnson was awarded top honors based on the fact that he recorded the speed before Line; however Line was moderately satisfied with his car’s performance and felt it provided a solid starting point for what he hopes will be another successful weekend.
“The second run wasn’t quite as good as the first, but all-in-all, it wasn’t a bad way to start the weekend with my Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro,” said Line, the most recent event winner on the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Series tour. “It would absolutely be possible to get that No. 1 spot tomorrow.
“We’ve got some work to do on the car that Jimmy [Alund, teammate] is driving, but we’ve got a great baseline on my car, and we’re pretty happy with it. We’ll see what tomorrow brings, but overall, a good day.”