Line No. 8 for Now, Sees Positive on Day One of Pomona Qualifying
POMONA, Calif., February 7, 2014 – The first day of qualifying for the 54th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals concluded with Summit Racing Pro Stock driver Jason Line sitting in the top half of the field and eager to return on Saturday and raise the bar. Line sits No. 8 in the line-up and Jimmy Alund, in the second blue Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, is in the No. 12 spot.
Although rain plagued the area surrounding Auto Club Raceway on Thursday, the day before the event, it had moved out by morning and the first day of the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series was completed without a hitch.
In the first session of qualifying, Line raced to a 6.549-second blast at 212.36 mph – a speed that was one of only four in the session to break the 212 mph mark. Alund clocked a 6.580 in the opening round. Later in the afternoon, Line recorded a 6.571 at 211.76 and Alund improved to a 6.574 at 211.39.
“All in all, today was a good day for the KB Racing team,” said Line, a two-time Winternationals winner. “We have some things to work out, but there is certainly a lot left, and we got a good baseline today. I don’t think we’re going to see the Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaros in these positions by the time tomorrow is over.”
This weekend’s race marks the first time in Line’s career that he has competed without Summit Racing teammate Greg Anderson, who is out for the first three months of the season while he recovers from surgery to repair a bicuspid aortic heart valve (two valve openings instead of three). Anderson underwent surgery the day before the Winternationals and is recovering well.
“A lot of the focus in our KB Racing camp today has been on Greg’s progress,” said Line. “We’ve talked about that as much as we’ve talked about anything else – he is our leader, our boss, and our friend, and we’ve all had him in our thoughts. Right now, his health is pretty darn important to all of us. Thankfully, he’s doing well and we are that much closer to having him back out here with us.”