Richmond: Jason Line Saturday summary

Line No. 1 in Virginia, Sets E.T. and speed records DINWIDDIE, Va. (October 14, 2006) -- Putting an exclamation point on his bid for this year's NHRA POWERade Pro Stock point championship, Jason Line, who has led the Pro Stock point standings ...

Line No. 1 in Virginia, Sets E.T. and speed records

DINWIDDIE, Va. (October 14, 2006) -- Putting an exclamation point on his bid for this year's NHRA POWERade Pro Stock point championship, Jason Line, who has led the Pro Stock point standings since Denver, ran the quickest and fastest run in NHRA history when he made a 6.571-second blast down the Virginia Motorsports Park quarter-mile at 209.49 mph during Saturday's qualifying for the Inaugural NHRA Torco Racing Fuels Nationals.

The field is the quickest in NHRA Pro Stock history, from Line's record setting 6.571-second pass to No. 16, held by Erica Enders at 6.630 seconds. In earning the No. 1 spot, Line, who drives the KB Racing LLC / Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac GTO, gathered the ninth top spot of his career and his fifth of 2006.

Both the elapsed time (6.571 seconds) and the speed (209.26 mph) set national records as Line's run in the opening qualifying session yesterday (6.602/209.26) back up today's run within one percent as required by the NHRA rule book. In fact, his 209.26 mph speed of yesterday made drag racing history when Line recorded the NHRA's first 209 mph Pro Stock pass.

"It'll be interesting to see if (the record) stands through the weekend," said Line. "On that run, not to downplay it, we could've gone faster. If we would've made a perfect run we could've run a low .56, but that would've been it. That would've been a perfect run. So I definitely think Greg (Anderson) can go faster tomorrow. Unless the weather changes drastically, he can go that fast.

"For now, it's fun. It's fun for everybody. We all get to go faster than we've ever gone before, and that makes it fun for us and the fans. We try to go as fast as we can every run. Obviously we've sort of swung for the fences more so this weekend than normal, and I think it actually hurt us probably. I don't know, we'll see. We'll try to make good, steady runs and see if we can go four rounds tomorrow."

The national elapsed time record could go a long way in Line, who hails from Wright, Minn. and now lives in Terrell, N.C., capturing his first NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Pro Stock championship. If Line continues to hold onto the elapsed time record throughout the event, he would gain an additional 20 bonus points that is awarded to the driver that sets and leaves the event with a national elapsed time record.

With only three races remaining on the 2006 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule, including this event, and points added for making at least qualifying pass and qualifying position, Line continues to lead the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock point standings entering eliminations tomorrow for the Torco Racing Fuels Nationals with 1471 points. Anderson, who qualified No. 4, is second with 1412 points, 59 behind his teammate, and Dave Connolly, who qualified No. 8, continues to hold onto third with 1283 points, 188 points behind Line and 129 behind Anderson.

Line begins his quest for the Torco Racing Fuels Nationals Pro Stock title tomorrow, when he faces Erica Enders, with eliminations for all classes beginning at 11 a.m. Time is local Richmond time (ET) and subject to change at anytime.

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Drivers Jason Line , Dave Connolly