Norwalk: Jason Line final report

Line out in round 2 by one thousandths of a second NORWALK, Ohio (July 1, 2007) -- A start one thousandth of a second too soon in round two of eliminations, ended the day for Jason Line at the inaugural Summit Racing Equipment NHRA ...

Line out in round 2 by one thousandths of a second

NORWALK, Ohio (July 1, 2007) -- A start one thousandth of a second too soon in round two of eliminations, ended the day for Jason Line at the inaugural Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.

In the first round of eliminations, Line, the reigning NHRA POWERade Pro Stock champion, evened his record against Justin Humphreys to one win, one loss when he turned back the rookie driver. Line left first with a reaction time of .007 seconds. Meanwhile, Humphreys broke shortly after he left the starting line.

In the second round, Line left too early with a reaction time of -.001 and Allen Johnson raced to the Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park finish line in 6.671 seconds.

"Even though I came out on the wrong side of a perfect light, I felt good driving today," said Line. "My goal is to continue improving my driving and put the Summit Racing Pontiac in the winner's circle soon. Bristol Dragway is next up and that is one of my favorite tracks."

After 11 events Line is unofficially fourth in the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock standings, which also puts him in fourth in the first segment -- Countdown to Eight -- of the Countdown to the Championship. (For a brief description of the Countdown to the Championship, see below.)

SPECIAL NOTE: Pontiac-GMC announced today that it will return in 2008 as Official Car and Official Truck of the NHRA. It will mark the 13th consecutive season that Pontiac has served as the Official Car of the series and the 19th year for GMC as Official Truck.

"The NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series continues to be an outstanding forum to showcase the quality and performance of the automobile designed for action," said Jim Bunnell, divisional general manager, Buick-Pontiac-GMC. "Pontiac is proud to return as the Official Car of the NHRA, and we look forward to continuing our growing relationship with the nation's premier drag racing series and its fans for years to come.

"GMC's 19 year affiliation with NHRA is its longest-running promotional platform ever. For a celebrated brand known for Professional Grade trucks, and its association with the legendary Safety Safari, GMC is a perfect fit as the Official Truck of the National Hot Rod Association."

NEXT RACE: It's on to the third race of six in a row as the POWERade Drag Racing Series now moves to Bristol, Tenn., for the race that was postponed in May. The NHRA O'Reilly Thunder Valley Nationals unfolds July 6-8 at Bristol Dragway.

-credit: kbr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Allen Johnson , Jason Line , Justin Humphreys