Line Wheels Summit Racing Camaro to the No. 3 Spot in Pomona
POMONA, Calif., February 8, 2014 – Summit Racing Pro Stock driver Jason Line wasn’t thrilled with where he ended the first day of qualifying at the 54th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals, but day two of the event at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona yielded far better results and put a smile on Line’s face. After all was said and done, Line had powered his way up to the No. 3 position with a best time of 6.514-second at a booming 212.63 mph.
In addition to climbing five positions, Line picked up two bonus qualifying points for the pass that was second-quickest of the session.
Line’s first run of the weekend was 6.549 at 212.36 and was followed by a 6.571, 211.76. He came close to matching his strong third round numbers and finished qualifying with a 6.520 paired with another 212-mph blast.
“We’re in the top 3, so you can’t really be too mad about that,” said Line. “You always want to be the quickest car out there, but I think we’re in a pretty good position right now. We’re qualified on the same side of the ladder as our Summit Racing teammate Jimmy Alund, and that isn’t ideal – but the good news is that you know going into this that if you meet in the semifinals, one blue Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro will be making it to the final round.”
Line, the No. 3 qualifier, will square off with Matt Hartford in the first round of eliminations. Line and Hartford last raced in Topeka in 2013, and Hartford was the benefactor when Line ran into a bit of trouble on the starting line. While Line looks to the first round at the season-opener to even the score, he has an ulterior motive in his desire to succeed: with his KB Racing team leader and fellow Summit Racing driver Greg Anderson in the hospital recovering from heart surgery, he hopes to bring home the Wally and put a smile on his teammate’s face.
“Obviously, Greg would want me to win tomorrow,” said Line. “He’s a very competitive person, and this team means a lot to him. There are a lot of reasons we want to win this weekend, but that’s a pretty big one.
“I don’t know what tomorrow brings, but I know that we have two very good cars. We have a great team, and we’ve gained some confidence over these four rounds of qualifying. Tomorrow we will each be giving 100% and hopefully everything turns out the best it possibly can for Team Summit.”