Poker Lesson, Good Runs and Vegas Win on Line's To Do List Mooresville, N.C., October 27, 2009 -- This weekend, the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series will make its second 2009 visit to the Entertainment Capital of the World, returning to...
Poker Lesson, Good Runs and Vegas Win on Line's To Do List
Mooresville, N.C., October 27, 2009 -- This weekend, the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series will make its second 2009 visit to the Entertainment Capital of the World, returning to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the NHRA Las Vegas Nationals. It is an event which Summit Racing driver Jason Line believes can be seen as cause for both celebration and commiseration. However, there is no confusion when it comes to the 2006 Pro Stock champion's objective for this weekend's competition, as he looks to score his sixth win of the season.
"Whenever we get to Vegas, we're either starting the season or ending it, so you always have mixed emotions," said Line. "In the spring, you're happy the season's just begun, but know you have a lot of work ahead, while in the fall you're happy the year's almost over, but still have things you want to accomplish. Either way, you're there to win.
"I've got some good memories of racing in Las Vegas, and hopefully this Summit Racing team will add to them this weekend. It's a fun place to go, and I enjoy racing there. Of course, as Ken and Judy's (team owner Black) hometown, we always want to do well there, and this race is no exception."
With the largest Pro Stock field of the year expected in the Silver State this weekend Line knows that both he and his KB Racing crew will have to be on top of their game in order to contend for the win. Therefore, they have spent the time since the last race in Richmond trying to address any areas of concern they may have with their race car. With the difference between winning and losing often measured in 10,000ths of a second, nothing can be overlooked.
"Over the last three races, we just haven't been making great runs," explained Line. "For example, even though we won Memphis two races ago, we struggled to keep it from shaking the tires. We tried to stay and test after Richmond but were basically rained out, so we've been working on a few things back at the shop which we hope will make it better. I guess we'll find out how successful we were during the first qualifying session on Friday. Hopefully, our Summit Pontiac will go from A to B and give us a good baseline to tune from, which would put us in position to win on Sunday."
Finally, although he is certainly prepared to handle whatever the competition throws at him on the race track, Line will take on a completely new challenge on Wednesday night, taking part in the Sixth Annual Cards for Kids Poker Tournament at the Cannery Hotel & Casino. This annual event pits NHRA drivers against fans in a Texas Hold 'Em tournament, offering cash and other prizes, with the proceeds going to help the Las Vegas chapter of Speedway Childrens' Charities.
"I've never played poker in my life, so this tournament should be an interesting experience," said Line. "Although it's all in fun, and promises to be a really good time I might just have to take a crash course on the game before we get there. After all, I don't want to crash and burn right out of the gate.
"What's really important, though, is that we're doing it for a good cause. Speedway Childrens' Charities is a tremendous organization that does a lot of good work. There are a bunch of drivers signed up, so I invite the fans to come out and play. You'll have a great time while helping out a lot of kids and families in need. It doesn't get any better than that."