Line Looks to Capitalize on Sonoma History
MOORESVILLE, N.C., July 24, 2013 – Pro Stock pilot Jason Line appreciates every opportunity to power his brilliant blue Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro down the quarter-mile dragstrip at speeds in excess of 200 mph, and this weekend he will do just that as he competes for the title at the 26th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals at scenic Sonoma Raceway – the second of three races in a row commonly referred to as the strenuous Western Swing – in NHRA’s 2013 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
“Traditionally, Sonoma Raceway has been a good place for the KB Racing team, so the fact that it’s in the middle of the Western Swing is a good thing for us,” said Line, a two-time winner in Sonoma. “Leaving Denver, where you need to have a very different tune-up, to come to sea-level Sonoma is a welcome journey. Our Summit Racing Chevy Camaros have a good chance of running well there, and it’s just such a great racetrack. Bruton Smith is known for his phenomenal tracks, and Sonoma Raceway is no exception.”
Line’s two Sonoma wins, recorded in 2006 and then again in 2009, pair nicely with Summit Racing teammate Greg Anderson’s class-best four Napa Valley victories. The KB Racing duo together have won six of the last nine races held at the facility, with team owners Ken and Judy Black regularly traveling from Las Vegas to cheer the team as they picked up round wins on the way to the winner’s circle.
For Line, who celebrates a birthday just a couple of days before the event, a victory at Sonoma Raceway in front of his supportive team owners and family would result in his second trophy of the season and a nice collection of points to add to the pile. With the Countdown to the Championship inching ever closer – the six-race run for the season title will begin in Charlotte in September – every race is of magnified importance. At the Mile-High Nationals last weekend, Line qualified in the top half and scored a round win. He left the event as the No. 5 man in the Mello Yello Series Pro Stock standings.
“We didn’t go as many rounds as we would have liked in Denver last week,” said Line. “But we hit on a couple of things there that certainly showed us a glimmer of hope to start off this three-race swing. Hopefully, those things will parlay into some success in Sonoma. Everyone on the Summit Racing team enjoys going there, and for me, personally, Sonoma Raceway is one of my favorite places to go on the tour. I look forward to it every year, and hopefully everything will come together this weekend for the KB Racing team. We would love to leave there with another win for Summit Racing and Ken and Judy Black.”