Las Vegas II: GM Racing Friday summary

Line Looking More Like a Winner at Las Vegas His Pontiac Sets Both Pro Stock Track Records at The Strip LAS VEGAS, October 27, 2006 - Not that there was a lot of doubt after setting both national time and speed records for the NHRA Pro Stock ...

Line Looking More Like a Winner at Las Vegas
His Pontiac Sets Both Pro Stock Track Records at The Strip

LAS VEGAS, October 27, 2006 - Not that there was a lot of doubt after setting both national time and speed records for the NHRA Pro Stock class at Richmond two weeks ago, and today grabbing the Pro Stock provisional pole for this weekend's 6th annual ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but Summit Racing Pontiac GTO driver Jason Line is starting to get that look of an NHRA POWERade champion. The current Pro Stock points leader claimed the provisional No. 1 qualifier with a Las Vegas track-record elapsed time of 6.720 seconds at a track-record speed of 204.94 mph. The Minnesota native edged Dave Connolly, who is the highest-qualified Chevy in the Pro Stock field, as he qualified his SKULL Racing Gear Chevy Cobalt second with an elapsed time of 6.727 seconds at 204.20 mph.

"We're off to a good start, and obviously qualifying on the pole, that's the goal every week," said Line, "but it's tough. Between Greg (teammate Anderson) and myself, and obviously Dave Connolly made a heck of a run also, but there are a lot of cars that can do it. Qualifying on the pole's the way we want to start the weekend, and hopefully we can go four rounds on Sunday, end (the title chase) and go to Pomona and not have any pressure whatsoever. But there's a lot of stuff that can happen, so I'm definitely not counting any chickens before they're hatched, that's for sure."

Line enters the penultimate race on the NHRA POWERade circuit this weekend with a 119-point lead over teammate and three-time defending Pro Stock champ Greg Anderdson as the former NHRA Stock eliminator national champion (1993) looks for his first NHRA POWERade Pro Stock championship.

"I don't know (if closing in on his first Pro Stock championship) has sunk in yet - I try not to really think about it because there's a lot of stuff that can happen yet," said Line. "Not that I'm superstitious, but I don't want to jinx anything. It would be a shame to get this close and not win it, but you never know. Greg's going to be tough, and whatever happens, happens. Either way, it's good for KB Racing."

Qualifying for Sunday's eliminations continues tomorrow with third- and fourth-round sessions at 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. local time (PT), respectively.

-credit: gm racing

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Drivers Jason Line , Dave Connolly