Strong Atlanta Rebound Foremost on Line's Mind Mooresville, N.C., May 12, 2010 -- A modern NHRA Pro Stock race car is a complicated machine. Combining a purpose-built chassis with a 1,400-horsepower V-8 engine, it is designed to cover the ...
Strong Atlanta Rebound Foremost on Line's Mind
Mooresville, N.C., May 12, 2010 -- A modern NHRA Pro Stock race car is a complicated machine. Combining a purpose-built chassis with a 1,400-horsepower V-8 engine, it is designed to cover the quarter-mile in the mid six-second range at speeds exceeding 212 mph. It is a formula that has historically produced the closest competition in the Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, with races often decided by 10,000ths of a second. As a result, teams are constantly challenged to find the right combination, with the slightest miscalculation potentially putting a premature end to their weekend.
Through the first seven races, Jason Line and his Summit Racing team have experienced both ends of the competitive spectrum, from successfully defending their title at the prestigious Gatornationals and setting a new mark for consecutive races to start a Pro Stock career to seeing that streak end as reluctant race day spectators in Madison, IL. It is a rollercoaster ride that the 2006 champion looks to get back on a positive track at this weekend's Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals in Atlanta, GA.
"With one notable exception, the start of the season has not gone the way we thought it would," said Line. "Even so, there are still a few positives this Summit Racing team can draw from, including winning in Gainesville. This is still one of the best teams in Pro Stock, we have the power to run with anyone, and my teammate Greg Anderson has been steadily improving over the last few races. Basically, we need to find out what changes were made to his car to make it run so well and apply them to mine.
"There's really nothing wrong with my car -- after all, this is the same Summit Racing Pontiac that won four races and set the national elapsed time record one year ago. We just need to do a better job of listening to what it's telling us. That way, we can figure out what it needs to run and make the necessary adjustments, something we are fully capable of doing. Being this is a Summit race, we couldn't pick a better time to get things turned around."
Should Line and the KB Racing crew be able to return to their winning ways this weekend, it will be another benchmark for the soft-spoken Troutman, NC resident, as he will add Atlanta Dragway to his list of Pro Stock successes. Although he has compiled a solid record in his six previous visits to the Peach State speedplant, he comes into this year's edition looking to better his runner-up finishes from 2005 & 2008.
"Atlanta Dragway has been a pretty good track for me, and a good one for the Summit Racing team," said Line. "I haven't won there yet, but I've made it to a couple finals, and Greg has won there a bunch of times, so we naturally enjoy going there. I also like it because it's close to home, making it one of the races we get to drive to, so my family will come along with me, which always makes it special. My kids Jack and Emma are always asking where I am when I'm away at the races, and this gives them a chance to see what I do.
"It's also a Summit-sponsored race, which gives us a chance to spend some time with the people who support us and make this all possible. We have some testing scheduled in the days leading up to the race so hopefully we'll be able to get all our issues straightened out and put on a respectable showing for them. If we perform up to our potential, it should be a fun weekend for everyone involved."
-source: kb racing