Memphis: Jason Line preview

Line hopes to get back on track at Memphis MEMPHIS, Tenn. (September 13, 2007) -- Jason Line, a Minnesota native who now calls Charlotte home, dug himself a hole at the recently completed Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, albeit a shallow hole that...

Line hopes to get back on track at Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (September 13, 2007) -- Jason Line, a Minnesota native who now calls Charlotte home, dug himself a hole at the recently completed Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, albeit a shallow hole that he feel he can get out of at this weekend's 20th annual NHRA O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals.

At the U.S. Nationals over Labor Day weekend in Indianapolis, the first race of the Countdown to 4 segment of the four-race playoff in the overall Countdown to the Championship, Line suffered a first round defeat in his KB Racing LLC, Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac GTO that left the reigning Pro Stock champ sixth among the eight Pro Stock drivers that are vying for the 2007 Pro Stock Championship.

"We sure didn't get a good start in the Countdown at Indy and now have some catching up to do at Memphis," reflected Line. "We've been working hard on both my car and Greg's (Anderson) since we've been back and feel that we we'll be okay down the stretch. We have a bunch of great guys here at KB Racing and they want to win as much as Greg and I do. So, I think you'll see a better show from the Summit Pontiacs at Memphis.

"The way the format for this year's championship is designed you never want to put yourself behind and have to dig your way out of a hole you created. But I feel we can make up part or all of the 33 points we need to make it back into the top four starting right here in Memphis. That will put us back on the right track."

As the teams move to the second of the four playoff races in Memphis, the Pro Stock point standings in the Countdown to 4 look like this: No. 1 -- Dave Connolly (2176), No. 2 -- Greg Anderson (2162), No. 3 -- Allen Johnson (2095), No. 4 -- Kurt Johnson (2094), No. 5 -- Jeg Coughlin (2083/-11 points behind No. 4), No. 6 -- Jason Line (2061/-33), No. 7 -- Larry Morgan (2033/-61), and Warren Johnson (2020/-74). Anderson is Line's teammate at KB Racing and drives an identical Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac.

The top four drivers in points at the end of the four-race playoff, of the eight pro Stock drivers listed above, will advance to the third and final segment (Countdown to 1) and the opportunity to be the 2007 Pro Stock champion. Similar exciting scenarios are also being played out in the three other professional categories -- Top Fuel Funny Car, and Pro Stock Motorcycles.

This year will mark the fourth time Line has competed at Memphis Motorsports Park. He won here in 2004 when he defeated Dave Connolly in the final round. Last year, Line was runner-up to Kurt Johnson.

When qualifying begins tomorrow, Line will begin his quest for his 14th career win. In 2007, he has one win (at Houston over Allen Johnson) in four final rounds.

-credit: kbr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Kurt Johnson , Greg Anderson , Larry Morgan , Allen Johnson , Jason Line , Dave Connolly