"Raceway Park is certainly a racetrack where the Summit Racing team has a lot of history" - Jason Line.
The Summit Racing team has been exceptional at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, and that fact has Pro Stock driver Jason Line fired up for this weekend's 45th annual Toyota NHRA Summernationals. Line, of Mooresville, N.C., and teammate Greg Anderson will pilot their Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaros at an event where they have had much success in the past, including a remarkable eight wins collectively in 10 finals. From 2004, Line's debut season as a Pro Stock driver, to 2006, he was unstoppable and collected three consecutive victories.
"Raceway Park is certainly a racetrack where the Summit Racing team has a lot of history," said Line, who currently holds the track record for elapsed time in Englishtown at 6.508-second, recorded there in 2011. "When you have a track where you've had that much success, you always enjoy returning. The enthusiasm of the Pro Stock fans in New Jersey is pretty incredible as well. It always makes for a very fun weekend."
With temperatures expected to be cool, this weekend's event also has the opportunity for the factory hot rods to go quick and fast down the quarter-mile dragstrip, a circumstance particularly appealing to expert dyno operator Line, whose heart and soul is in extracting every ounce of power possible from the available 500 cubic inches of a Pro Stock engine.
"It can be extremely fast there, but no matter what, that racetrack is one where you really have to be on your game," said Line, currently No. 3 in NHRA's Pro Stock standings. "We're ready."
Now entering the ninth race of 24 in the 2014 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, Line and his KB Racing team have had a full experience this season as they won the season-opener in Pomona from the No. 3 position and then reached another final round at the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas. Line has been a top-half qualifier all year.
"We are definitely seeing progress, although sometimes it feels a little like one step forward, two steps back," said Line. "The key is getting all the pieces together at once, and then it will fall into place. Fortunately, we had a good start to the year and we've been able to stay up there in the points with my Summit Racing Camaro. We have some work to do with my teammate Greg Anderson's car, but we're working on it and feel like we're on the right track. This weekend in Englishtown is one that we've all been looking forward to."