Las Vegas II: Jason Line Saturday summary

Line tries to clinch PS championship from No. 1 position LAS VEGAS (October 28, 2006) -- Running a 6.705-second track record elapsed time, Jason Line qualified his KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment-backed Pontiac GTO in the No. 1 spot...

Line tries to clinch PS championship from No. 1 position

LAS VEGAS (October 28, 2006) -- Running a 6.705-second track record elapsed time, Jason Line qualified his KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment-backed Pontiac GTO in the No. 1 spot for tomorrow's eliminations at the NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals.

"It was a great day and I didn't think about the points thing," said Line, who needs to go one round further than teammate Greg Anderson to clinch the 2006 NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Championship. "Tomorrow should be a really interesting day for all of us. If I win a couple of round tomorrow it would be great. I'd like to win four.

"We're on the same side of the ladder with Greg and if both of us win we'd meet in the semis. We definitely have a good racecar. We have Warren Johnson in the first round and he a champion of all champions and I guess if you want to be one you have to beat one. So it's a good first round match up for sure.

"(With me running Greg for the championship) it's a new situation for us to be in. We try to put ourselves in each other's shoes. We're both handling it in an adult way. The bottom line is that we're teammates and friends. It's all good and will make us a better team."

It is his sixth No. 1 of 2006 for Line and 10th of his career. Of special note is that a KB Racing LLC / Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac GTO has been in the top spot 17 times in 22 races -- Line (6), teammate Greg Anderson (11).

After Line set national records for elapsed time and speed at the last race in Richmond, the elapsed times and speeds at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a track that has the second highest elevation on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series circuit, seem slower and the are due to the altitude.

Including qualifying here at the ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals, Line leads the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock point standing by 122 points. If Line leaves with an advantage of 139 points or better, there is no way that Anderson can catch Line.

Line begins his quest for the ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals Pro Stock title tomorrow, with eliminations for all classes beginning at 11 a.m. (PT). First round opponent Warren Johnson qualified No. 16 with a pass of 6.769 seconds. The pair have met seven times with Johnson winning four.

-credit: kb racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Warren Johnson , Greg Anderson , Jason Line