Sonoma: Jason Line final report

Line runner-up at Sonoma SONOMA, Calif. (July 29, 2007) -- Jason Line, driver of the KB Racing LLC, Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac GTO, finished runner-up in Pro Stock at eliminations of today's 20th annual NHRA FRAM ...

Line runner-up at Sonoma

SONOMA, Calif. (July 29, 2007) -- Jason Line, driver of the KB Racing LLC, Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac GTO, finished runner-up in Pro Stock at eliminations of today's 20th annual NHRA FRAM Autolite Nationals.

Line opened eliminations with V. Gaines in the other lane. Close would be a good way to describe their race. Gaines cut a "look at my crystal ball" light, a .005, and was away first at the green. It took all of the Infineon Raceway quarter-mile for Line to catch Gaines. At the finish line it was Line by .035 seconds, who moved to the second round against Warren Johnson (WJ).

Against WJ, the driving of Line and the power of Line's Summit Racing Pontiac was the difference. Line gained an advantage of over four hundredths at the green light and then reached the finish line in 6.666 seconds. His margin of victory was .059 seconds. The win advanced Line to the semifinals against Allen Johnson (AJ).

In the semifinal, Line took a page from his opponent in round one -- V. Gaines -- when he had a reaction time of .009 seconds. Then he covered the quarter-mile distance in 6.645 second turning back AJ by .0446 seconds. The win moved Line to the final round against his teammate Greg Anderson in a battle of identical Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac GTOs.

In the final round, Line and Anderson left together at the green. But on the top end of the track Line started fading due to engine problems and Anderson took the win light. Line crossed the finish in 6.688 seconds; Anderson took the win light in 6.657 seconds.

"This gave us a little bit of momentum," said Line. "It was good, especially to win some rounds again, and anytime we can race each other in the final it's a win. It would have been good to get the win but it's not that big of a deal. We should have our two Summit Racing Pontiacs in the final every week, but it's a difficult task with the level of competition we race against, and it's just not going to happen. This was fun, though.

"There will be no resting, I can guarantee you that. We'll be working our tails off. Unfortunately, the engine expired in my car on that run so it will create a little more work for us. We'll get it done and hopefully we'll be a little stronger at Brainerd."

For Line it was his fourth final round of the year. He has one win. For his career, Line now has now been in 28 final rounds, with 13 wins.

-credit: kbr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Warren Johnson , Greg Anderson , Allen Johnson , Jason Line