Summit Racing–Line safely in top half, planning more aggressive approach on day two in Bristol

Line safely in top half, planning more aggressive approach on day two in Bristol
BRISTOL, Tenn. (June 13, 2014) – Jason Line made it cleanly down the track in both of the first two rounds of qualifying at the 14th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, and now that he and his Summit Racing team have a good read on the racing surface, they plan to step up their approach in the final two sessions before the field is set.
Line, of Mooresville, N.C., clocked a sturdy 6.686 at 207.21 mph in the first session and landed in the No. 7 position, and as the temperature dropped, the possibility of quickening the pace developed. Unfortunately, air conditions were taking a turn for the worse as a storm moved into the surrounding area. Even still, the Summit Racing team showed what they were made of and tuned Line to an improved 6.677 at 207.18 mph that kept him seventh heading into day two in Thunder Valley.
“I think we’re still lacking a little bit in terms of elapsed time, but the speed we showed was good,” said Line, who made the third fastest run in the first session in his blue Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro where only five of the naturally aspirated hot rods were able to exceed 207 mph. In the second session, Line was the second fastest and had one of only two cars able to get the job done and break 207.
“There is certainly more left, we just have to be a little more aggressive with our Summit Racing Camaro,” said Line. “That e.t. will come. Right now, the car is reasonably happy and that’s great. We just have to get after it a little bit more.”
Many times so far this season, qualifying on the first day of an event has been cut short and the Pro Stock competitors have been unable to get both of their allowed runs, but on this Friday night at Bristol Dragway, they were the only pro category to finish both rounds. Due to lightening and rain, the second session of Funny Car was cut short and the complete second round of Top Fuel was canceled.
“It was kind of nice,” admitted Line. “It seems like we often get shorted lately due to weather, so it was great to get both runs in. The NHRA Safety Safari did a great job preparing the track, and tomorrow I’m sure there will be more out there. We’ll be ready.”