Joliet: Jason Line preview

Line shines on Route 66 Raceway JOLIET, Ill. (June 7, 2006) -- Jason Line, who drives the Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac for KB Racing LLC, has to be a favorite to win at this weekend's NHRA CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals (June 8-11)...

Line shines on Route 66 Raceway

JOLIET, Ill. (June 7, 2006) -- Jason Line, who drives the Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac for KB Racing LLC, has to be a favorite to win at this weekend's NHRA CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals (June 8-11) at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill.

Line's first national event victory and first No. 1 qualifying award were both accomplished at the Route 66 Raceway quarter-mile in 2004. Also in 2004, Line's 208.17 mph run last fall is the fastest ever by a Pontiac GTO in NHRA Pro Stock competition, again at the Route 66 Raceway quarter-mile.

Additionally, consider the fact that Line has more national event wins at this race track than any other Pro Stock driver -- three. Back when Route 66 Raceway hosted two events annually, Line won twice at the spring event and once at the fall race. Add to that a runner up at last year's King Demon Crown, a special event for Pro Stock drivers run in conjunction with the CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals and you can see why Line must be considered a favorite.

Once again this year, Line will be vying for both the King Demon Crown and the NHRA CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals titles. On Saturday, Line vies for the King Demon Crown. The 36-year-old driver secured the No. 2 position of the eight qualified drivers. The winner of this year's King Demon Crown receives $50,000, while the runner-up takes home $10,000.

Racers accrue points based on their qualifying position at each of the 23 national events preceding the King Demon Crown event. A No. 1 qualifying effort is worth 175 points, down to No. 16, which is worth 85 points. Drivers who do not qualify for an event do not earn points at that race.

On Sunday, once qualified for the CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals, Line will have the opportunity to go after the event title.

On Sunday night, when all the results are in the NHRA history books, hopefully Line will have gathered two wins and a lot of cash for his weekend at the office.

Entering qualifying for the NHRA CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals, Line holds the No. 2 position in the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock point standings with 559 points. He is just 73 points behind his teammate Greg Anderson, who is No. 1 in the standings, and 16 points ahead of Jim Yates in third.

-kbr

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Drivers Greg Anderson , Jason Line