Richmond: Jason Line Saturday notes

After qualifying No. 10, Line pressed to make Countdown PETERSBURG, Va. (October 6, 2007) -- Jason Line, driver of the KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment-backed Pro Stock Pontiac GTO, qualified No. 10 at the second annual NHRA Torco...

After qualifying No. 10, Line pressed to make Countdown

PETERSBURG, Va. (October 6, 2007) -- Jason Line, driver of the KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment-backed Pro Stock Pontiac GTO, qualified No. 10 at the second annual NHRA Torco Racing Fuels Nationals this weekend at Virginia Motorsports Park in Petersburg, Va., just a short drive from Richmond.

For Line it was not exactly where he wanted to qualify as he lost six additional points during qualifying. It is the last chance for Line to move into the top four drivers in points that will advance to the final segment of the Countdown to the Championship if he wants to repeat as the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock champion. After qualify Line, from Mooresville, N.C., is unofficially 24 points behind Jeg Coughlin in fourth place and 36 behind Allen Johnson in third, and must make up two rounds to make the Countdown to 1.

"It would help us if Jeggie (Coughlin) and AJ (Allen Johnson) would get lost on the way to the track tomorrow," smiled Line as he talked about his chances tomorrow. "We struggled today with the new car and definitely would like to have qualified higher. We've got our work cut out for us tomorrow. Our back is definitely against the wall but if anybody can make this happen it's the guys on our KB Racing team. They're capable of putting my Summit Racing Pontiac in the winner's circle. All we can do is try our best and sometimes even that isn't good enough but don't count us out yet."

While it may be of little consolation to Line, he still holds the track elapsed time record at 6.558 seconds and the track speed record at 209.75 mph entering eliminations. He will face Max Naylor, who qualified No. 7 (6.660/205.60), in the opening round tomorrow.

-credit: kbr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Allen Johnson , Jason Line , Max Naylor