Line starts the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals from the No. 14 spot CLERMONT, Ind. (September 2, 2007) -- After struggling through qualifying, Jason Line drove his KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac GTO to a spot in tomorrow's ...
Line starts the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals from the No. 14 spot
CLERMONT, Ind. (September 2, 2007) -- After struggling through qualifying, Jason Line drove his KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac GTO to a spot in tomorrow's eliminations at the NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, qualifying No. 14.
Line finished the first day of qualifying on the outside of the 16-car field looking in. His performance on Friday and again during Saturday's first qualifying session was uncharacteristic for a KB Racing prepared car. But Line came roaring back in the Saturday evening session, running a pass of 6.694 seconds at 205.82 mph. This placed the reigning Pro Stock champ in the No. 12 slot at the end of the second day of qualifying.
In Sunday's first qualifying session, Line was slotted in the lane that many Pro Stock drivers describe as substandard -- the right lane. Add to that problem the fact that today it's hot. Line made the best of the situation covering the O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis quarter-mile in 6.697 seconds at over 206 mph.
That was to be his last qualifying run, as on his burnout for the final qualifying session at this 53rd Mac Tools U.S. Nationals his crew found that the left rear tire was low on air, aborting the run. The low tire was the result of a broken wheelie bar whose parts and pieces punctured and cut the tire.
"I never have had very good luck at Indy and it appears that the trend is continuing," said Line. "Congratulations to Max Naylor and his No. 1. The good news is that we get to try again tomorrow. The guys (KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment crew) are getting a handle on things and I feel we'll be ready tomorrow. We made a decent run with Greg's (Anderson, Line's teammate) car today and now have something to work from. We didn't get broken overnight, so it's difficult to get fixed overnight." Now, Line focuses his attention on tomorrow's eliminations when his Summit Racing Pontiac goes against the yellow Cobalt of Dave Connolly, who qualified No. 3.