Summit Racing–Line in Sync with Four-Wide and Planning to Impress on Raceday at Home

Line in Sync with Four-Wide and Planning to Impress on Raceday at Home
Mooresville, N.C., April 12, 2014 – Jason Line is becoming an old pro at racing the unique format of the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in the Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, and this weekend at zMAX Dragway, the 32-time NHRA national event winner put four solid rounds of qualifying behind him to pave the way to what he intends will be a very successful Sunday in Charlotte.
Many drivers are challenged by the format, but Line, who has raced in each of the five four-wide events held at the esteemed facility, embraces the unusual circumstances.
“This year NHRA made it easier for us by putting the lane numbers at the top of the tree [NHRA’s starting system], and that’s new. It actually wasn’t confusing at all, and I think you can tell by how many people are in the stands that this is a pretty popular race,” said Line, who will start from the No. 6 position. “It’s outside of the norm for us, but it’s interesting to have the opportunity to do something new once a year like this. We still want to perform though. That is the same no matter where or how we race.”
Line made a series of 6.5-second passes throughout four rounds of qualifying, first racing to a 6.565 at 212.03 mph and then ending the first day of qualifying with a 6.542 at 212.73. After adjusting to the warming conditions, Line produced a quick 6.560 at 211.79 mph that was third-quickest of all the Pro Stock cars in the third session and good for a bonus qualifying point, and he ended the day with a 6.571 at 210.50.
“We’re working on some minor issues right now, but we are identifying everything and getting our Summit Racing Camaros in good shape for Sunday,” said Line, a two-time finalist at the four-wide event. “There certainly isn’t a lack of effort around our pit area this weekend, and we are confident that we’ll have a competitive car tomorrow – not just for me, but also for my teammate Jimmy Alund.”
Line will race Dave Connolly, Justin Humphreys and Vincent Nobile in the first round of eliminations on Sunday. If he should have one of the two quickest cars, he will advance to the second round – the semifinals – for a chance to race in the final once again.
“I don’t mind racing four-wide; I’m actually alright with it,” said Line. “It’s a lot of fun to race when there are so many people in the stands, and they sure did come out today. I know we have a lot of friends and family here – it’s our home race with the KB Racing shop just over in Mooresville – and that makes it fun, too. Hopefully, tomorrow we can do well in front of everyone. I think it’ll be a good day for the Summit Racing team.”