Line’s Strong Performance Earns Second Starting Position in Charlotte
Event: Fifth annual NHRA Nationals
Location: zMAX Dragway, Concord, N.C.
Day/Date: Saturday, September 15, 2012
Reigning NHRA Full Throttle Champion Jason Line completed a very consistent and productive qualifying effort on Saturday, capturing the second starting position for Sunday’s final eliminations of the 5th annual NHRA Nationals in Concord, N.C. In each of the four sessions at zMAX Dragway, Line’s Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro was among the best of the “Factory Hot Rods”, including being the quickest in the first and final runs, allowing him to amass nine valuable bonus points, worth almost a half of an elimination round win.
Despite this solid performance, Line believed further improvement was not only possible but necessary as he looked to score his first career win at the “Bellagio of Drag Strips.”
“We made four runs in qualifying with this Summit Racing Camaro, which not only produced solid elapsed times but also allowed us to earn several bonus points, which can make a difference in the Countdown,” said Line. “However, even though we have made progress with these cars we still have some work to do to get to the level of performance we need. For example, as nice as those runs might have seemed from the outside, I would not consider any of them to be a good clean run. We’re getting closer, but we’re not there.
“We also have some work to do with Greg’s (teammate Anderson) car, especially after he blew the motor in tonight’s final session. Still, if we all do our jobs correctly, and that includes the driver, I believe we will have two cars capable of winning the race. However, there will be several other teams equally capable of winning, so it will be up to us to do a better job of execution. The most important thing is that we get off to strong start in the Countdown, and there is no better way to do that than by taking home the Wally, which is what we plan to do.”