Line out early, sets focus on Dallas MEMPHIS, Tenn. (September 16, 2007) -- After not qualifying at the last race, Warren Johnson (WJ) rebounded at Memphis Motorsports Park and turned back the Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac driven by Jason...
Line out early, sets focus on Dallas
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (September 16, 2007) -- After not qualifying at the last race, Warren Johnson (WJ) rebounded at Memphis Motorsports Park and turned back the Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac driven by Jason Line in the opening round of eliminations at the 20th annual NHRA O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals.
Johnson gained a .042-second advantage at the green light. Meanwhile, Line was intent on running down the Pontiac of WJ. At the finish line, Johnson crossed first in 6.657 seconds, while Line's KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment GTO followed in 6.631 seconds. The difference between the two Pontiacs was 15 thousandths of a second in Johnson's favor.
"I has a 56 light (.056 second reaction time)," said Line following the round. "There have been plenty of times I would of liked a 56, but not today. All-in-all we came out of this still with a chance to get into the top four. We actually gained a couple points on fourth.
"We'll go back, work on the cars and get ready for Dallas. I'll work on the tree (Christmas tree, starting lights) in my spare time and try to pick up some points over the final two races on this part of the playoff."
With two races left in the four-race playoff, the second segment of three in the Countdown to the Championship, the loss dimmed, but didn't turn out the lights, on Line hope to win a second consecutive NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Championship. In fact, the reigning POWERade Pro Stock champion actually gained two points by virtue of his No. 2 qualifying spot.
As the teams move to Dallas for the third race of the four playoff races in segment two of the Countdown, Line has two races to make up 31 points and join the group of four drivers that will vie for the championship in the third and final segment of the Countdown -- the Countdown to One.