Line Prepared to Tackle Denver’s Mile-High Conditions
Mooresville, N.C., July 17, 2013 – Jason Line didn’t hurry home, but instead spent the better part of three days behind the wheel of his Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro just after the most recent NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event in preparation for this weekend’s Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.
With nearly two-dozen passes down the quarter-mile logged last week, Line and the KB Racing team are ready to launch into the strenuous three-race Western Swing at the facility just outside of Denver that sits high above sea level, presenting a challenge for tuners and drivers alike as they battle thin air that robs their naturally aspirated engines of horsepower and atmospheric conditions seen nowhere else on the tour.
“It’s definitely a different place to race, and I’d be lying if we said we felt like we really had a handle on it. There aren’t many people that can go there with that feeling,” admitted Line. “But the Summit Racing team definitely has a head start after testing there, and I can tell you that Bandimere is a fun place to go no matter how you look at it. The Bandimere family, [Facility Manager] Larry Crispe, and the whole group up there take such good care of that racetrack. It’s a unique stop on our tour, and one that we look forward to every year despite the challenges.”
Line, currently fourth in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock points, is going after his second win of the 2013 season and first national event victory at Bandimere Speedway this weekend.
The scenic racetrack carved into the side of the mountain is one of just six on the tour that has not seen Line celebrating in the winner’s circle as a Pro Stock driver, but the Minnesota-born and bred second-generation drag racer has known success there; he scored a victory in Denver as a sportsman competing at a points meet in 1993. Even so, Line makes no assumptions.
“We certainly don’t want to say that we’ll go to Denver and dominate; it’s just not that easy up there,” said Line. “But the KB Racing team has been working very hard to prepare for this weekend and try to find what it will take to do well. Anything can happen, and that’s why we go race. No matter what it looks like on paper, good or bad, you go, do your best, and hope for the outcome that you’ve been working towards.”