KB Racing press release
Championship in Hand, Line Set to Multi-Task at NHRA Season Finale
Mooresville, N.C., November 10, 2011 – Having clinched the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Pro Stock championship two weeks ago in Las Vegas, one could understand if Jason Line and the Summit Racing team were to approach this weekend’s Automobile Club of Southern California Finals in Pomona, Cal. with a more relaxed attitude.
However, as anyone familiar with the soft-spoken Minnesota native and his Mooresville, NC based KB Racing crew will tell you, from a pre-season test session to season finale, the objective remains the same – to perform at their very best and to win as much as possible. Therefore, they will look to end their season in the same manner as they started nine months ago – with a win at the Auto Club Raceway in Pomona.
“We race twice a year in Pomona and I always enjoy going there,” said Line. “At the start of the year, you can’t wait to get going, while at the Finals, you’re ready for a break, but still want to end the season on a positive note. In each case, there’s extra excitement in the air and the track has so much tradition tied into it that you just naturally want to do well, so we are coming in as hungry as ever.
“Besides, we enter every race with the same goal, and that is to leave with the trophy. I have an opportunity to do something I’ve never done before, which is winning seven races in one season. In addition, having won the Winternationals here earlier this year, I think bookending the year with Pomona wins would be the perfect way for our Summit Racing team to cap off our championship season.”
Beyond adding further luster to his already stellar season, Line has an added reason to do well in California, namely assisting teammate and four-time champion Greg Anderson’s quest to claim the second position in the championship standings.
“We are going to do everything we can to help Greg finish second,” said Line. “After all, that is our ultimate goal at the start of every year, to have the Summit Pontiacs finish 1-2. He’s locked in a pretty tight battle with Mike and a few other racers, so we’re ready to do whatever we can to help his cause, whether it’s making sure he runs well, or taking out his competition on race day.
“Of course, the perfect scenario would have Greg and I meeting in the final on Sunday, and letting the chips fall where they may. But, weather permitting, we have four rounds of qualifying and bonus points to worry about before then, so we need to make sure that both our cars take full advantage of every opportunity, scoring points whenever we can and keeping them away from the other guys. It promises to be an interesting weekend.”
Line’s final motivation comes from a desire to finish the season in a manner appropriate to his championship-winning drive, allowing him to celebrate his team’s tremendous accomplishments with the entire KB Racing crew who have traveled to California, his sponsors, his family and friends, as well as the many fans expected to be in attendance this weekend.
“Even though we’ve already captured the top prize, I’d still like to end the season in championship style,” said Line. “We seemed to be on track to do that when we clinched the title in Vegas, but got tripped up by that red light in the semis. Fortunately, we have one last chance to get the job done in Pomona. We’ll have Ken and Judy (team owners Black), as well as all the guys from our KB Racing shop in Mooresville at the track with us, as well as numerous people from Summit Racing, and winning this race would be the perfect way to show them all our appreciation. It certainly won’t be easy, but I think we’re more than up to it.”