Las Vegas II: Jason Line eliminations summary

Line goes to the Semi's in Vegas LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Jason Line, driver of the Fairway Chevrolet / KB Racing Pontiac Grand Am, enters eliminations at the third annual AC Delco Las Vegas Nationals in the second position on Pro Stock ...

Line goes to the Semi's in Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Jason Line, driver of the Fairway Chevrolet / KB Racing Pontiac Grand Am, enters eliminations at the third annual AC Delco Las Vegas Nationals in the second position on Pro Stock eliminations ladder.

It was in the Saturday morning session of qualifying where Line drove his Pontiac to a 6.882 / 200.14 mph to secure the Number 2 spot.

In Round 1 of eliminations, Line met Number 15 qualifier Mike Edwards. Edwards took a slight advantage at the starting line, but it would not be enough to hold off Line. Line ran a 6.896 / 200.02 mph to defeat Edwards with a 6.915 / 199.67 mph.

In Round 2 Line met Larry Morgan. Line took the advantage at the start and never looked back. Line ran a 6.917 / 199.40 mph to defeat Morgan with a 6.960 / 198.96 mph

The Semi-finals place Line across from Kurt Johnson. The advantage on the starting line went to Johnson when Line cut a .099 of a second light to Johnson's .053 light. Although Line ran a quicker ET, it would not be enough to catch Johnson. Johnson ran a 6.902 / 199.67 mph to defeat a quicker and faster Line who ran a 6.889 / 200.65 mph.

"I am very happy with the way we ran this weekend," said Line of Terrell, NC. "We brought my new car here; this is the first time it has been on the track. We are very please with how we ran and how the car performed.

"This car gets better and better with every trip down the racetrack. I get more comfortable with each run. If we run this well next year, and I do my job, we should be able to win some races."

"Today, I gave the race away on the starting line. I should have beat Kurt (Johnson), and would have if I had not messed up. I am pretty mad at myself for that, but the good news is that I have 23 races next season to make up for it."

"This is the last race I can compete at and still be eligible for the rookie of the year title next season. If this is any indication of how we will run next year, I cannot wait for the season to start."

The race on the 2002 POWERade Drag Racing series will be the 38th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif. November 7-10.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Kurt Johnson , Larry Morgan , Jason Line , Mike Edwards