Indianapolis: Jason Line Sunday summary

Line No. 3 at "Big Go" in Indy CLERMONT, Ind. (September 3, 2006) -- For Jason Line the 52nd running of the NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at O'Reilly Raceway Park (ORP) in Indianapolis is about POWERade championship points and winning what ...

Line No. 3 at "Big Go" in Indy

CLERMONT, Ind. (September 3, 2006) -- For Jason Line the 52nd running of the NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at O'Reilly Raceway Park (ORP) in Indianapolis is about POWERade championship points and winning what most drivers call the most prestigious race on the 23-event NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

Line, current Pro Stock leader in the point standings, drove his KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment-backed Pontiac GTO to the No. 3 qualifying position by running a 6.676 seconds today in both qualifying sessions.

Which would Line choose if he could have either points or the win?

"Is this a trick question," said Line. "I want to win both Indy and the points that go with it, but if I have to choose one or the other, I would choose the win then the point thing would take care of itself. At this stage of the season, points are what count.

"Indy is a special race and the one that most every driver wants to win and I'm one of those drivers. It would be cool to win it from that standpoint. Tomorrow we're going out and try to put both Summit Racing Pontiacs in the final, then may the best car win."

With six races to go in the battle for the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock point championship this year, including this weekend's Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, Line holds the top spot in the standings and leads teammate Greg Anderson, who holds the No. 2 spot, by 121 points and third place Dave Connolly by 171 points. Kurt Johnson is fourth, 277 points back and Jim Yates rounds out the top five in fifth, 317 points behind the leader.

Line, who is looking for his first Indy win, faces Warren Johnson in the opening round. Johnson, who is appearing in his 31st race at Indy, has won six of the previous 30. He qualified No. 14 with an elapsed time of 6.710 seconds.

With six races to go in the battle for the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock point championship this year, including this weekend's Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, Line holds the top spot in the standings and leads teammate Greg Anderson, who holds the No. 2 spot, by 121 points and third place Dave Connolly by 171 points. Kurt Johnson is fourth, 277 points back and Jim Yates rounds out the top five in fifth, 317 points behind the leader.

Line, a former resident of Minnesota, who now lives in Terrell, N.C., begins his quest for the Top Fuel title at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals on Monday, Sept. 4, with eliminations for all classes beginning at 11 a.m. All times are local Indianapolis time (ET) and subject to change at anytime.

-credit: kb racing

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Drivers Kurt Johnson , Warren Johnson , Greg Anderson , Jason Line , Dave Connolly