Las Vegas: Jason Line preview

Can Jason Line win the SummitRacing.com Nationals? The odds say he has a chance LAS VEGAS (April 12, 2007) -- In Las Vegas you can get odds on most anything. The odds that Jason Line will win the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals is ...

Can Jason Line win the SummitRacing.com Nationals?
The odds say he has a chance

LAS VEGAS (April 12, 2007) -- In Las Vegas you can get odds on most anything. The odds that Jason Line will win the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals is five-to-two.

Why has Station Casinos' odds maker Micah Roberts established Line, the driver of one of the two KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac GTOs, as the second favorite behind teammate Greg Anderson, who is the frontrunner at five-to-nine odds?

One reason is that Line, who by self-admission is usually a slow starter each season, is off to a fast getaway in 2007. Last season, it took Line 13 races to jump into the top spot in points. This season, the reigning NHRA POWERade Pro Stock champion, has assumed the point lead once after race two and currently, after four races, is second, 45 points behind Anderson who leads with 468 points in the "Countdown to Eight" segment of the "Countdown to the Championship,"

Another reason, directly related to points, is that Line has been to two final rounds in the four races contested thus far in 2007, winning at the last race in Houston. His round record is 9 wins and 3 losses, his best start ever after four races since turning pro in 2003.

While he still is looking for his first win at Vegas, the 37-year-old driver, who was born in Minnesota and now calls North Carolina home, does have two final rounds at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Line finished runner-up both times, once to Richie Stevens in the fall race last year and in the fall of 2004 to his teammate.

Line does hope the odds established by Roberts means that he is going to fair well at the eighth running of SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals.

"I do think that we have a shot to win the race and a shot to be No. 1 qualifier," said Line, as he reflected on the odds. "It does seem like it gets harder all the time to win a race. The competition has got that good. I feel like we have a good car and while it's been a while since we had back-to-back wins, I think that if I drive like I'm capable we can put this Summit Racing Pontiac in the winner's circle no matter the odds."

-credit: kb racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Greg Anderson , Jason Line