Line Determined to Revisit Winner’s Circle in Seattle
Throughout the course of the 2011 Full Throttle Drag Racing season, Jason Line and the Summit Racing team have consistently been among the very best in the NHRA’s highly competitive Pro Stock division. In the first 13 races, they have qualified in the top four positions nine times. They have been equally effective on race day, with three wins and five finishes of the semifinals or better on five occasions.
Seattle has been a good track for us the past few Years.
It is a performance that has kept them in the top two positions in the championship standings and securing their participation in the championship playoffs with three races remaining in the regular season. However, as the world’s best quarter-milers head to Washington State for this weekend’s O’Reilly NHRA Northwest Nationals in Seattle, Wash., Line is far from satisfied with recent results, and looks to add to his total in short order. “In the overall picture, our Summit Racing team is having a great season,” said Line. “However, even though we have executed and run well enough to win in recent races, it just hasn’t happened lately, which is something I would like to correct this weekend in Seattle.
“As close as the competition is right now in Pro Stock, it’s tough to win, no matter who you are. You have to be almost mistake-free in every aspect of your organization from the moment you unload at the track and then some. We’re certainly capable, as we showed last week in Sonoma with Greg (teammate Anderson, who won his third race of the season), so it’s up to us to do the same with my car.”
As the final stop on the NHRA’s three consecutive weekends of competition known as the Western Swing, Pacific Raceways in the Seattle suburb of Kent offers a challenge all its own. Although the conditions will be favorable for producing maximum horsepower, the racing surface will have teams fighting the limits of available traction. With one win and a runner-up finish in his last three visits to the Evergreen State, it is easy to see why the 2006 series champion is ready to return for this year’s edition.
“Seattle has been a good track for us the last few years, and I have no doubt that we’ll run well there this weekend,” said Line. “It’s a decent, high-horsepower track in a beautiful area with great weather, and one I like going to every year. Our job this weekend will be to figure out how to step things up and do them just a little better than we have been lately, and even though it’s easier said than done, I believe this Summit Racing team is confident of doing just that.
“Take our last race in Sonoma. We struggled mightily on Friday, but they never gave up – they just kept working and, as a result, we steadily improved throughout the weekend, coming very close to having both Summit cars in the final. That, combined with Greg’s winning the race, gives us a little momentum heading into Pacific Raceways, which I hope we will be able to use to get back to the winner’s circle. It’s been too long since we won in Atlanta, and I’m ready to do it again.”
By: kb racing