BRAINERD, Minn., August 16, 2013 – The first day of qualifying is complete at the 32nd annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway, and hometown racer Jason Line, driver of the blue Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, is in the No. 6 position following a pair of respectable runs down the quarter-mile racetrack in front of family and friends.
Line, who was the No. 1 qualifier at the Brainerd event in 2007 and 2011, clocked a 6.628 at 209.17 mph in his first hit of the weekend and was No. 8 at the end of the first session. Although the time on the scoreboard was a bit under what the Summit Racing team was aiming for, it provided a good foundation to build upon.
In the second session, the Mooresville, N.C., transplant cleared the finish line with an improved 6.603 at 209.62 mph and jumped up two positions to settle provisionally into the No. 6 spot heading into day two.
“I had hoped for a little bit more, but all in all, it was a pretty good day,” said Line. “We tested a few things earlier this week with our Summit Racing Camaros, and I think it helped. It’s crunch time with the Countdown to the Championship right around the corner, so we’re happy to see any gains we can at this point.”
Although the team won’t be making any major changes overnight in preparation for the final two qualifying sessions in Brainerd, Line, who hails from nearby Wright, Minn., believes that there are things that they will need to iron out before morning if they’re going to shine.
“Obviously, a 6.60 wasn’t good enough to get us up to the top,” said Line. “So you can bet that the KB Racing team is going to be working out a few details before the first session tomorrow.”