Richmond: Jason Line final report

Line Sees Red in Richmond Semifinal Heading into Sunday's final eliminations of the Virginia NHRA Nationals in Richmond, VA, Summit Racing Pontiac racer Jason Line knew he had his work cut out for him. Starting from the fourth position, he knew...

Line Sees Red in Richmond Semifinal

Heading into Sunday's final eliminations of the Virginia NHRA Nationals in Richmond, VA, Summit Racing Pontiac racer Jason Line knew he had his work cut out for him. Starting from the fourth position, he knew he would need to maintain the forward progress from the last two races in order to solidify his cha nces for this year's championship.

Things went according to plan in the first two rounds, as Line opened with a career-best 6.534 second elapsed time and top speed of 211.96 mph to eliminate rookie Ryan Ondrejko. He maintained his winning pace in the second round, combining a .022 reaction time with a 6.548-second, 211.59 mph pass to defeat fellow playoff contender Greg Stanfield.

This set the stage for a crucial semifinal encounter against current points leader Mike Edwards, who had reset the Pro Stock elapsed time national record earlier in the day. Running without lane choice, Line knew he would need every advantage in order to advance to his tenth final of the season. Unfortunately, the contest was over at the starting line as Line left 15 thousandths of a second early, handing the automatic win to his rival. To make matter s worse, Edwards suffered severe tire shake and was forced to shut off early.

"Although our Summit Racing Pontiac had been running close to Mike for the last two days, I still felt like I needed to get a jump on him at the line," said Line. "Unfortunately, I didn't do a very good job, and it cost us. I'm pretty upset right now, but I'll get over it in a few days and move on.

"Although the championship may now be out of our reach, we are certainly not giving up, because we can still build on what has been a pretty good season. The last time I checked, we still have a race in Las Vegas and Pomona, and the way Greg's and my cars have been running, we have as good a shot as any to win them both. That's why we're staying here to test tomorrow -- we want to be at our absolute best when we head west."

-credit: kbr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Greg Stanfield , Jason Line , Mike Edwards , Ryan Ondrejko