The first day of qualifying at the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals fueled Summit-backed Pro Stock drivers Jason Line and teammate Greg Anderson with a deep desire to rest up and return on Saturday fully prepared to reach deep into their arsenal at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for day two of their sponsor's title event.
Line went on to improve in the second session in the blue Summit Racing Chevy Camaro and cleared the finish line with a stronger 6.689, 207.78 mph, to finish the day in the No. 6 position.
His teammate's progress in the silver Summit Racing Chevy, however, was halted by a spark plug that broke on the burnout. Anderson was eighth in the qualifying order at the conclusion of the first day of qualifying.
"We left a lot out there," said Line. "We certainly wanted to do better on the first day at the SummitRacing.com Nationals, so it's frustrating, but we know we can run with anybody.
We have the right pieces, the right folks, and the right resources, and we know we can get it done. Hopefully, that's exactly what will happen tomorrow."
On Saturday, Line and Anderson will take advantage of the final two qualifying sessions before Sunday eliminations, and those two sessions will come with the added incentive of exceeding the performances of their opponents in the K&N Horsepower Challenge, the once-yearly specialty race for eight of the top factory hot rod drivers.
Line and Anderson are on opposite sides of the ladder for the three-round bonus competition, with Line squaring off with V. Gaines and Anderson going to battle with Mike Edwards in the first round that will also act as the third round of qualifying.
"The K&N Horsepower Challenge is a really neat deal for the Pro Stock guys, and we really want to do well," said Line. "Tomorrow is a very big day for us with an important trophy up for grabs as we try to get both of the Summit Racing Camaros up closer to the top in the qualifying order before Sunday. You can bet we'll be digging deep."