Summit Racing–Line Picks up a Round Win and Cheers Teammate Alund to Victory at Four-Wide

Line Picks up a Round Win and Cheers Teammate Alund to Victory at Four-Wide
CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 13, 2014 – Jason Line qualified his blue Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro in the No. 6 position at the 5th annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway, and on raceday he put up a strong run to pick up a round win at the most unique event on the tour. Line, of nearby Mooresville, N.C., didn’t have the opportunity to race for the trophy, but he was more than thrilled when teammate Jimmy Alund powered to the first NHRA win of his career flying the flag for sponsor Summit Racing Equipment.
Line put a qualifying-best time of 6.542 at 212.73 on the scoreboard in the second round of qualifying to earn a start from the No. 6 position. On raceday, the two-time NHRA Pro Stock champion clocked a speedy 6.560 at 211.76 that was quickest in his quad in the first round of eliminations. Both Line and KB Racing-powered Vincent Nobile advanced to the second round where a bout of tire shake put an end to Line’s quest for the trophy at a racetrack where he has four times been to the final and once scored the win.
Line was out of the game, but the motivated group banded together to prepare Summit Racing teammate Alund, filling in for Greg Anderson who is recovering from heart surgery, for a strong charge for the trophy. Alund, in his first NHRA final, beat Shane Gray, Nobile, and Erica Enders-Stevens to earn a very jovial winner’s circle celebration.
“I think it was a pretty darn good day,” said Line. “I wish I would have had a better day with my Summit Racing Camaro, but for all of us on this team and especially for our friend Jimmy – what a cool story. The truth is, the man was only going to have a few chances to do this, and to get it done in that short of an amount of time is a great story. It’s great for drag racing, and it’s certainly great for Pro Stock.”
Alund, now No. 8 in NHRA’s Pro Stock standings, is scheduled to fill in for one final race before Anderson returns.
“He’s a lousy roommate but one heck of a driver,” joked Line, who has shared quarters with Alund during his time on the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour. “But in all honesty, I couldn’t be happier for Jimmy. Not only is he a good racer, but he’s also a heck of a good guy. He’s funny and very fun to have around. We’ll definitely miss him.
“Today was really a special day, and these things don’t happen very often. I don’t think anybody could be happier about the outcome of today’s race.”