Jason Line No. 1 at Houston First of year, fifth of career BAYTOWN, Texas (April 1, 2006) -- Jason Line, driver of the KB Racing LLC, Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac GTO, captured his first No. 1 qualifying position of the season and the...
Jason Line No. 1 at Houston
First of year, fifth of career
BAYTOWN, Texas (April 1, 2006) -- Jason Line, driver of the KB Racing LLC, Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac GTO, captured his first No. 1 qualifying position of the season and the fifth of his career at this weekend's 19th annual NHRA O'Reilly Auto Parts National.
During qualifying, Line had what could arguably be called his best opening day of qualifying in his Pro Stock career. It definitely was the best of the young 2006 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.
The KB Racing LLC crew faced conditions unlike any they have faced thus far this season. It was hot and humid during Friday's opening session of qualifying. By the time Line ran his Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac in the evening session, the track had cooled down but the humidity was near or at 100 percent.
In the opening run, Line covered the Houston Raceway Park track in 6.708 seconds, topping all challengers after one of four qualifying sessions. Running in the final pair of pro stocker in Friday's second and final qualifying pass, Line beat the atmospheric conditions running a track record 6.689 second and continuing his hold on No. 1.
"The weather has been different than we're use to, but the team adapted well to the changes," said Line following Friday's qualifying. "These cars react differently the more water in the air. We haven't come up with a foolproof way yet to combat the water, but we did pretty good tonight.
"We've been running a RJ chassis this year and are just now getting use to it. This Summit Pontiac GTO ran great tonight. Hopefully, it will continue on through the weekend."
Line picked up where he left off on Friday, running a 6.717-second pass at 206.35 mph in Saturday's first qualifying session. With three consistent run under his belt, the Minnesota-born, North Carolina-transplant entered the final session still leading the 20 other drivers.
Line held off all other Pro Stock driver when he ran a 6.707 seconds, which tied for second quickest of the final qualifying session.
"Anytime you can out qualify my teammate Greg Anderson and the rest of the field, you've started the weekend out on a high note," said Line following the end of the four qualifying sessions. ""We were lucky to make the right run at the right time. We're in good shape for tomorrow and should be able to run as quick as anybody else."
He will face Barry Grant in the opening round of eliminations tomorrow. Grant, whose best run was 6.756 seconds, qualified in the No. 16 position Line begins to focus on his quest for the O'Reilly Auto Parts Nationals Pro Stock title on Sunday, April 2, with eliminations for all classes beginning at 11 a.m. All times are local Houston time (CT) and subject to change at anytime. Note: Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday morning, April 2.