Line Staying Alive in Championship Chase After Day One in Pomona
Pomona, Calif., November 7, 2013 – The first of three days of qualifying for the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona concluded with Summit Racing Pro Stock driver Jason Line hanging tough in the championship chase. Line, who entered the event in the No. 2 spot in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock standings, earned two valuable bonus points with a run that was almost the best of the day to inch a little closer to what would be his third Pro Stock season title.
The first day of the season-closer turned into a warm affair, with the ambient temperature a pleasant 83 degrees and the sun soaked track surface heating to just over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Line was one of the last two cars to make a pass during the single session allotted on the first day of the event, and he clocked a swift 6.554 at 210.93 mph in his Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro that was just a thousandth of a second behind the No. 1 qualifier.
“It’s a pretty good place to start,” said Line, who has been the No. 1 qualifier twice this season. “But we should have been able to go 6.53 out there. I feel like we’ll be No. 1 before the weekend is out; I definitely feel like we will. The KB Racing team is working very hard to make sure that happens. Both of our Summit Racing Camaros are capable of it, but I have a very serious goal for it to be me.”
Line and the rest of the Pro Stock drivers will have three more shots this weekend to set themselves in the field at the 49th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals, beginning with a single run on Friday and concluding with two runs on Saturday. Eliminations for the final race of the 2013 season are set for 11am on Sunday.