Jason Line after big payday at Route 66 JOLIET, Ill. (June 6, 2007) -- Jason Line has his sights set on a big payday as this weekend's 10th annual NHRA Torco Racing Fuels Route 66 Nationals gets underway at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, ...
Jason Line after big payday at Route 66
JOLIET, Ill. (June 6, 2007) -- Jason Line has his sights set on a big payday as this weekend's 10th annual NHRA Torco Racing Fuels Route 66 Nationals gets underway at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., with two qualifying sessions on Friday.
Line hopes to put his KB Racing LLC Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac GTO in the winner's circle twice -- first on Saturday at the King Demon Crown, a special race-within-a-race event for Pro Stock drivers, then on Sunday during eliminations for the Torco Racing Fuels Route 66 Nationals.
The reigning NHRA POWERade Pro Stock champion has had success on the Route 66 quarter-mile.
In national event competition at the Joliet track, the 37-year-old driver, who was born in Wright, Minn., and now lives in North Carolina, has won the event twice -- over Anderson in 2004 and Jeg Coughlin in 2005.
"I drove better during the last race in Topeka and want to continue to improve here at Joliet," said Line. "This Summit Racing Pontiac is always a threat to win and that's what I would like to see us do come Sunday. We are currently fourth in POWERade points and a win would help us climb toward the No. 1 spot in the Countdown to the Championship."
Line has finished runner-up at both of the two King Demon Crown races he has qualified for in a Pro Stock career that began in 2003. In 2005, he was runner-up to Dave Connolly; and, in 2006, he was runner-up to his teammate, Greg Anderson.
Line also knows that if he is to get the big check for winning the King Demon Crown, he much get the monkey off his back that has kept him in the runner up spot the last two years.
"Somehow we need to not only get to the final round (of the King Demon Crown) but win the final round," said Line. "This is the best qualifiers in Pro Stock since we were here last year and to beat the best I have to be on the top of my game if I'm going to take home the money that Barry Grant puts up for winning this special race. It's no small chunk of change."
With a race payout of $76,000 from Barry Grant, Inc., the winner of this year's King Demon Crown receives $50,000, while the runner-up takes home $10,000. The two semifinalists walk away with $3,000 each and the four fist-round finishers each earn $2,500. Additionally, the low qualifier at each of the 22 qualifying events earns $3,000 (a total of $66, 000).
The KB Racing duo of Line and Anderson pocketed the lion's share of that $66,000 qualifying bonus collecting 17 of the 22 available No. 1 qualifying spots during the 22-race qualifying span for the King Demon Crown. That's $51,000 if you're counting.
Line, with six No. 1s during the qualifying span, earned the second qualifying spot for the King Demon Crown with 3,390 points. Anderson collected 11 No. 1s during the qualifying races, earning the No. 1 qualifying position for the King Demon Crown. He accumulated 3,600 points.
Line will pull his KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac GTOs to the starting line at noon on Saturday, June 9, for the first round of this year's King Demon Crown. In the opening round, Line will square off against Greg Stanfield, who qualified seventh. His teammate, Anderson, also carrying the colors of Summit Racing Equipment and Pontiac, will face-off against V. Gaines, who qualified No. 8.