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Can 1, 2, 3 equal 4 for Line at Columbus? KIRKERSVILLE, Ohio (May 18, 2006) -- If numbers or patterns can predict the future then Jason Line, who drives the Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac for KB Racing LLC, will be in the winner's...

Can 1, 2, 3 equal 4 for Line at Columbus?

KIRKERSVILLE, Ohio (May 18, 2006) -- If numbers or patterns can predict the future then Jason Line, who drives the Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac for KB Racing LLC, will be in the winner's circle this weekend for the 42nd Pontiac Performance Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment, just as Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins was in the very first race here in 1972.

The Wright, Minn.-native, who now resides in Terrill, N.C., had a rather spectacular debut race when he lost in the first round in 2003 to Terry Adams with his car sitting upside down -- on its top -- at the end of the opening round. Line faired better in 2004 when he advanced to the second round before losing to Dave Connolly. Then last year he had his best outing at the Columbus event when he lost in the semifinals to Kurt Johnson.

Round one in 2003, round two in 2004, and round three in 2005, it's all in the numbers. You get the picture: round four, the final round, in 2006.

"I don't know anything about numbers predicting the future," said Line, on the eve of the event that is sponsored by two of his major marketing partners, Pontiac and Summit Racing Equipment. "I do know that as close together as these Pro Stock cars run, the final round is open to anyone who makes the field. Yes, that somebody could be me. This KB Racing team will certainly be out there trying this weekend. We'd like to be the first repeat winner this year. If that happens then I will definitely be talking numbers."

Line, who won the Bristol race last month, now has 16 final round appearances and nine wins since turning pro in 2003. He has also earned the No. 1 qualifying spot six times, with two of the six coming this season.

Entering qualifying for the 42nd Pontiac Performance Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment, Line is anchored in the No. 2 position in the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock point standings with 451 points. He is just 53 points behind his teammate Greg Anderson, who sits atop the standings.

-kbr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Kurt Johnson , Greg Anderson , Jason Line , Dave Connolly