Line King of the Mountain at Bandimere Speedway MORRISON, Colo. (July 15, 2006) -- Jason Line, driver of the KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment-backed Pro Stock Pontiac GTO, conquered the 100 degree heat plus and the mountain known as...
Line King of the Mountain at Bandimere Speedway
MORRISON, Colo. (July 15, 2006) -- Jason Line, driver of the KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment-backed Pro Stock Pontiac GTO, conquered the 100 degree heat plus and the mountain known as Bandimere Speedway as he qualified No. 1 at this weekend's NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals. For Line it was the seventh No. 1 qualifying position of his career.
Locked in a tight point battle for the top spot in Pro Stock with his teammate, three-time and defending NHRA POWERade champion Greg Anderson, Line recorded a best elapsed time in his four qualifying runs of 7.062 seconds at 195.65 mph, which are Bandimere Speedway elapsed time and speed records.
"We knew going into today that if we were going to make a move we had to do it in the morning session, "said Line, following qualifying. "This afternoon it was just too hot and we had some engine problems but we'll be ready for tomorrow."
After his blast of 7.062 seconds on Saturday morning, a run that surprised the entire Pro Stock establishment, Line had the following thoughts: "I'll have to admit it was one heck of a run. I don't think anyone thought something like that was possible this morning, including myself, and I'm an eternal optimist. It was really a stout run and it was fun to be the guy driving the car.
"It really felt good. I got down to the end of the track and Dave Connolly was standing in front of my car shaking his head, and then he told me what I had run. I was surprised as he was. I thought a good pass for that session would have been a 7.09, but not a 7.06."
Coming into this event, Line was two points behind Anderson, but with his nailing down the top spot and Anderson qualifying fifth, Line picked up four net points on his teammate and heads to Sunday's eliminations rounds two points in front of his teammate.
Line goes after his third win of the 2006 season when he faces Mike Thomas, who qualified No. 16, in tomorrow's opening round of eliminations. Previous wins this season have come at Bristol, Tenn. and Englishtown, N.J. For his career, he has 10 wins in 17 final rounds.
Line, a native of Minnesota now living in Terrell, North Carolina, begins his quest for the Mopar Mile-High Nationals Pro Stock title on Sunday, July 16, with eliminations for all classes beginning at 12 noon. Time is local Denver time (MT) and subject to change at anytime.
Qualifying highlights for 27th annual NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals can be seen on ESPN2 on Saturday (July 15) from 10 p.m. until 12 midnight. ESPN2 will also air same-day television coverage of eliminations from 9 p.m. until 12 midnight. (Sunday, July 16). The elimination show repeats early Monday morning (July 17) from 2:30-4:30 a.m. Also, tune in to NHRA2Day on ESPN2, the weekly show that gives you the latest information about the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. NHRA2Day can be seen on Sunday morning, July 16, from 11:30 a.m. - 12 noon. Television times are Eastern Time (ET) and subject to change at anytime. Check local listings.