Line's season thus far perplexing
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 14, 2006) -- As Jason Line, who drives the Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock Pontiac GTO for KB Racing LLC, prepares for this weekend's 37th annual K&N Filters Supernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., he hopes to turnaround his up and down season as the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series nears the halfway point of 2006.
"My season thus far has been a little perplexing," said Line, who has won the Pro Stock event title here the last two years. "Just when we think that we have everything going in the right direction, either the driver or the car misfires. I've done well at Englishtown the past two years, so maybe we can make this a turnaround race for both me and my Summit Racing Pontiac."
"Last weekend in Chicago showed we have the cars back on track. We need to have both (teammate) Greg's (Anderson) car and my car consistent for the last half of the season, if we are going to make a run."
Although Line went to the final round of the King Demon Crown, a special non-point earning event for Pro Stock drivers, finishing runner-up to his teammate Greg Anderson, he had a miscue at the starting line in the CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals. The end result was that the Wright, Minn.-native, who currently lives in Terrell, N.C., dropped to third in the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock point standings with 612 points.
Entering qualifying for the NHRA K&N Filters Supernationals, Line is 114 points behind his teammate Greg Anderson, who is No. 1 in the standings, and 4 points behind Jim Yates, who is in second. Only 162 points separate the top five Pro Stock drivers.
Line holds the Pro Stock elapsed time track record at 6.659 seconds set at last year's event but he feels that the record won't hold up through qualifying. "You can bet that record will fall, probably on Friday."
Qualifying for Line and his KB Racing LLC/Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock Pontiac GTO begins with two Pro Stock sessions on Friday, June 16, scheduled for 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. and concludes with two additional Pro Stock sessions on Saturday, June 17, at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Line then begins his quest for the K&N Filters Supernationals Pro Stock title on Sunday, June 18, with eliminations for all classes beginning at 11 a.m. All times are local Englishtown, N.J. time (ET) and subject to change at anytime.
Qualifying highlights for 37th annual K&N Filters Supernationals can be seen on ESPN2 on Saturday (June 17) from 5-7 p.m. ESPN2 will also air same-day television coverage of eliminations from 4-7 p.m. (Sunday, June 18). The elimination show repeats early Tuesday morning (June 20) from 2-4 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, June 18, from 11:30 a.m. - 12 noon. Television times are Eastern Time (ET) and subject to change at anytime. Check local listings.