Starting Second, Line Targets Second Joliet Win
Event: 15th annual NHRA Route 66 Nationals
Location: Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, Illinois
Day/Date: Saturday, June 30, 2012
Pro Stock standout Jason Line completed a strong qualifying effort on Saturday, powering his Summit Racing Camaro to the second starting position for Sunday’s final eliminations of the NHRA Route 66 Nationals in Joliet, Illinois. Steadily improving with every run, Line scored eight bonus points by recording the second quickest elapsed time in each of the four sessions, highlighted by his 6.616-second, 207.82 mph pass on his final attempt.
This marks the ninth time in this season’s 11 races that the defending champion has qualified in either the first or second position and the second consecutive year he will start second at Route 66 Raceway. Despite his solid showing, as he prepared for his first-round matchup against Larry Morgan, Line was already searching for ways to improve his performance.
“Naturally, we’re only completely satisfied when we’re No. 1, but I’m really proud of the progress this team has made with this Summit Racing Camaro,” said Line. “With a total of only 19 runs on this new car, it has already started to show some of its true potential, and we keep gaining on it with every pass down the track. As I keep saying, it’s going to be a great car.
“The good news is that we also made some gains with Greg’s (teammate Anderson) car on that last pass, so we’re feeling fairly positive heading into race day. As long as everyone does their job tomorrow, we have as good a chance as anyone to leave here with the win.”