Ken Black team to debut second car at Columbus

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Ken Black, owner of the Vegas General Construction Pro Stock team, is pleased to announce the addition of a second car to his racing operation. Rookie Jason Line will drive the new KB Racing Pontiac Grand Am. Greg Anderson will...

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Ken Black, owner of the Vegas General Construction Pro Stock team, is pleased to announce the addition of a second car to his racing operation. Rookie Jason Line will drive the new KB Racing Pontiac Grand Am. Greg Anderson will continue as the team's primary driver of the Vegas General Construction Pontiac Grand Am.

Jason Line enters the Pro Stock class as a rookie, but is no stranger to drag racing. Line, who grew up in Wright, Minn., started bracket racing when he was 15 years old. In 1985, Line started his NHRA Drag racing career in Division Five with a Stock Eliminator car, which he raced until 1993. In that year, he won both the NHRA National, and Division Five Stock Championships.

Line left drag racing in 1998 and went to work at Job Gibbs Racing as the motor tuner on the Number 18 Interstate Batteries Pontiac driven by Bobby Labonte. In 2000 Line marked another career high when Labonte won the NASCAR Winston Cup Championship. He continued with Gibbs as a dynamometer specialist through the end of 2002.

Early in 2002, Anderson and Line met and quickly became friends. Having never lost his love for drag racing Line started helping Anderson part time at the shop, and attending the races when he could. In January 2003, Anderson convinced Line to return to drag racing as the motor tuner on his Vegas General Construction entry, with the understanding that he would eventually get to drive the teams' second car.

This weekend Line will make its first trip down the asphalt at the 31st annual Pontiac Excitement Nationals in Columbus, Ohio on June 13-15.

"Am I excited?' said Line of Mooresville, NC, "I think excited would be an understatement. It has always been my dream to race Pro Stock. I am extremely grateful to Ken Black and Greg Anderson for giving me the opportunity to make my dream come true.

"I am also pretty nervous. Pro Stock is the most competitive form of racing out there. The class is so tight, that just qualifying is almost as exciting as winning the race. The quality of the drivers within the class is remarkable. To be going up against that kind of competition would make any body nervous.

"My goal for this race is to qualify. With this being my first time out, and being the second car for this team, I know everyone will be looking at us. Everyone will want to see what we can do. No pressure there.

Greg Anderson talked about Line and their goals for the second car.

"I am pretty excited about the second car," said Anderson, "and having Jason as a teammate. He is a great guy, and has a lot of driving talent. So far this year he has been a pivotal member of this Vegas General Construction team. I think having him behind the wheel is only going to make this team stronger.

"The new car is a little different than mine, and we did that on purpose. We plan to use Jason's car to teach us how to find the set up faster.

"Topeka is a perfect example. We struggled with that racetrack all weekend. It was not until the eighth run that we finally made what we felt was a decent pass. That is too much time. Our plan is to try different things on the second car to figure out the dial in quicker, to make both cars faster.

"For the rest of the season, as a team our emphasis will be on the primary car, with the championship as our ultimate goal. Later in the year, hopefully we will be able to use Jason as a blocker. Jason is a good driver, and he is going to win some races before this thing is said and done."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Greg Anderson , Jason Line , Ken Black