32-time Pro Stock winner is eager to see the results of many long hours of preparation.
Jason Line is proud to represent Summit Racing this weekend at his sponsor's title event, the 34th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, and the 32-time Pro Stock winner is eager to see the results of many long hours of preparation logged by the KB Racing team. A two-time finalist already this year and owner of the Winternationals trophy earned at the first race of the season, Line is good and ready to get back to winner's circle.
"The outcome in Houston certainly wasn't what we had hoped for," said Line, who qualified in the top half of the field and finished in the quarterfinals. "We have high standards here at KB Racing and expect more, so the team has spent a lot of time testing our Summit Racing Camaros these last couple of weeks. That should show in Atlanta."
According to Line's Summit Racing teammate Greg Anderson, a remarkable 80 runs over eight days of testing at a local drag strip gave the team the opportunity to really fine-tune their program heading into a race that is highlighted brightly on the calendar each year for the focused group.
The heavy block of test days also provided Team Summit with a strong foundation from which to launch into a string of 10 races in 12 weeks. The event in Atlanta starts a block of three, followed by a weekend off, a block of four, a weekend off, and then the three-in-a-row Western Swing.
"There has been a lot of preparation happening in our camp, that's for sure," said Line. "We want to make things better because if you don't go into this stretch running well, it's going to make for a very long 10 races. This is a situation where preparation is hugely important.
"Testing so much with an emphasis on improvement is actually fun for guys like us who live and breathe racing, but it's also necessary. It's a tough class, and to contend for wins you have to work really, really hard. There are no gimmees. You have to earn them.
"One really cool thing about this weekend is that Greg and I both get to attend the dinner at Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta on Thursday night," said Line, referring to the annual NHRA Mello Yello Partnership dinner that has an exclusive guest list that includes past NHRA world champions. "It's something we look forward to all year, and our wives will be there with us. It's a lot of fun, and I have to thank the folks at Mello Yello and The Coca-Cola Company for putting this on. I've said it before but I'll say it again – it's an honor to be invited because it reminds you that at one time, you were pretty good at this deal. It reminds you of your capabilities. If winning a championship was possible before, it's certainly possible again."