Line Has a Positive Vibe Heading into Raceday in Brainerd
BRAINERD, Minn., August 17, 2013 – Summit Racing Pro Stock driver Jason Line has been enjoying a very full weekend at Brainerd International Raceway and the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. The Wright, Minn., native has been surrounded by friends and family at the racetrack where he grew up, and he has had the pleasure of seeing the Summit Racing team work together to make progress with both of their Pro Stock steeds at one of the most special events on the tour for Line and teammate Greg Anderson, who hails from Duluth, Minn.
Line, currently sixth in NHRA’s Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock points, qualified in the No. 7 position and will have lane choice over Shane Gray in the first round of eliminations on Sunday.
“The biggest challenge this weekend has really just been trying to see and talk to everyone that’s here to see us,” said Line, a second-generation drag racer. “I love coming here, and I love being home. It’s hard to split your time and do everything justice, but it’s been great.
“My Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro is certainly looking better and better, and we’ve got a ways to go before we’re really where we want to be, but I’m very excited that Greg’s car made three real nice runs. That’s a really big deal, and I think it’s just in time for the Countdown, he’s going to have a car that he can contend with.”
Anderson is the No. 2 qualifier in Brainerd and will make his best start of the season, and Line made a series of strong runs that weren’t too far off target. His 6.628 at 209.17 started the weekend with a top-half effort that continued as a theme. The second session held Line’s best time of the weekend so far, a 6.603, 209.62 that momentarily boosted him to the No. 6 spot.
Day two produces a 6.621, 208.88 and a 6.616, 209.39, and Line settled into his final qualifying position of seventh.
“Today’s runs weren’t great, and there is certainly room for improvement,” said Line. “But we can see what needs to happen. Getting there might be a little bit of a challenge, but it’s one that the KB Racing team is up for. I feel good about tomorrow – better than I’ve felt in awhile. Team Summit has one really good racecar, and one pretty good racecar. We are pretty darn close to having two Summit Racing hot rods that can contend for the championship. First, we get to race tomorrow at a track where we all feel at home.”