Jason Line will have not one but two chances this weekend to make a strong impression on KB Racing's home turf.
Summit Racing Pro Stock driver Jason Line will have not one but two chances this weekend to make a strong impression on KB Racing's home turf. Line, of Mooresville, N.C., will race his powerful Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro in the 15th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and on Saturday at his sponsor's title event he will challenge for the trophy in the special bonus race for the Pro Stock competitors, the K&N Horsepower Challenge.
Line will make his 10th consecutive appearance in the K&N Horsepower Challenge in Las Vegas, and this time, he hopes for a different outcome than he has experienced in the past. A three-time finalist in the shootout-style race for the naturally aspirated factory hot rods, Line plans to close the deal with a win.
"This is something we look forward to all year," said Line, who will race Shane Gray in the first round. "Unfortunately, you can't prepare for this race any more than you do for any other, but we want to make sure we have our best stuff there. This is our only chance all year to make an extra buck, and we're amped up – we want to win. Hopefully, we can give them a run for their money.
"It's a big deal that K&N puts this whole deal on; they're a great sponsor, that's for sure, and great supporters of drag racing. I would like nothing better than to get that $50,000 they've got up for grabs."
Both Line and Vincent Nobile, driver of the KB Racing-powered Mountain View Chevrolet Camaro, have earned a spot in the K&N Horsepower Challenge. Nobile won the bonus race in 2012 with a final-round defeat of Line, but the Summit Racing driver is determined not to let anyone stand in his way this time around, not even a teammate.
"This is a big race for me," said Line. "People talk about how big Indy is and the U.S. Nationals – well, this is my Indy. This is way bigger than any other race to me. We haven't had a lot of success in Las Vegas for the past few years, and that track has not been kind to us lately. But the Summit Racing team is looking to turn that around this weekend."