Jason Line runner-up at Route 66 Raceway JOLIET, Ill. (June 10, 2007) -- In his third final of the 2007 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season, Jason Line drove his KB Racing LLC, Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock Pontiac to a runner-up...
Jason Line runner-up at Route 66 Raceway
JOLIET, Ill. (June 10, 2007) -- In his third final of the 2007 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season, Jason Line drove his KB Racing LLC, Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock Pontiac to a runner-up finish at the 10th annual NHRA Torco Racing Fuels Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill.
In the opening round, Line, who recorded his slowest lap of the weekend -- a 6.85-second elapsed time at 200.20 mph, got help when his opponent, Max Naylor, broke shortly after leaving the starting line. Line also broke, but luck was with him and he reached the finish line first.
In the second round, former NBA great Tom Hammonds' chance to single-handedly dismantle the KB Racing LLC, Summit Racing Equipment team this event was not to be. Hammond had previously beat Line's teammate, Greg Anderson, in the first round. After Hammonds left first at the green Line used the power plant in his Pontiac GTO to make up the distance crossing the finish line strip first and moved to semifinals against V. Gaines.
In the semifinals, Line once again used the power of his Summit Pontiac to reach the finish line ahead of Gaines. He covered the Route 66 Raceway quarter-mile in 6.661 seconds, while Gaines recorded 6.691 seconds. This moved Line to the final round against Jeg Coughlin, who had defeated Mike Edwards, Kurt Johnson, and Larry Morgan, to reach the finals.
In the final round it was all Coughlin, who had an almost perfect reaction time of .002 (.000 being perfect). In the interest of fair reporting, it should be noted that Line's reaction time was .025, which at most races would have been good enough to win. But in this case it was Coughlin wire to wire.
Line, the reigning NHRA POWERade Pro Stock champ, recorded an elapsed time of 6.656 second, while Coughlin, who has won the POWERade championship twice, covered the 1320-foot track in 6.658 seconds. Line came up just 21 hundredth of a second short.
"We were lucky today," said Line. "We should have been out in the opening round when we broke, but somehow (Max) Naylor had troubles too. We made some adjustments to the cars throughout the weekend but some of our calls didn't help. It is what it is and overall my Summit Pontiac had a good weekend. Thanks to (crew chief) Rob Downing, my teammate Greg Anderson, and all the crew who worked endless to get our cars down the track each round. It's them that got me to the finals."
Line leaves the Torco Racing Fuels Route 66 Nationals fourth in the NHRA/POWERade Pro Stock point standings with 593 points.