Line earns No. 1 at BIR
BRAINERD, Minn. (August 11, 2007) -- Jason Line, who took over the top position during Friday's second qualifying session, held on today to claim his second No. 1 of the 2007 season at this weekend's 28th annual NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals.
In fact, in the heat of Saturday's final qualifying session, Line, who is a native of nearby Wright, Minn., and now lives in North Carolina, served notice to the other drivers that his KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac GTO is one of the cars to be watch during tomorrow's eliminations, when he ran the low elapsed time of the weekend thus far -- a 6.740 seconds pass at a speed of 204.66 mph.
"I'm not going to say that last run was a great run, it was just a better run," said Line, after qualifying was over. "I think that there is a lot of room for improvement by not just us but a lot of cars. Again, like I said yesterday, we not smart enough to touch the engine, so we are working on the car to make things better. We're struggling a little bit with the race track. The changes we made paid off somewhat that last run. Actually, I think that was a pretty good run. I think the left side (lane) will be lane of choice. Lane choice will definitely be somewhat of an advantage tomorrow. The cooler weather that is predicted for Sunday will help too. It will help me, I know that.
"After the weekend is over I'll head up to my parents in Wright and spend a day or two with them. Hopefully, we'll be celebrating a win."
Line began his racing career at Brainerd International Raceway (BIR). In last year's final round at BIR, against Dave Connolly, Line was runner-up in his Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac. It is his only trip to the final round in three tries since turning professional in 2003.
In tomorrow's first round of eliminations, Line, who clinched a spot in the second segment of eliminations last race, will square off against Justin Humphreys, who qualified No. 16 with a pass of 6.789 seconds at 203.98 mph.
In the interest of fair reporting, it has been reported on one of the Internet websites that Jason will not be back with KB Racing next season and will be replaced by Justin Humphreys, tomorrow's opponent. That rumor, repeat rumor, is not true according to information received from Team Owner Ken Black and Operations Manager Greg Anderson.
Line said the following in answer to the question on whether he'll be back next season: "Unless somebody knows something I don't, I plan to be racing with KB Racing for a long time."