Norwalk: Jason line preview

Line Readies for Norwalk with Family Road Trip Mooresville, N.C., June 23, 2010 -- Racing on consecutive weekends puts a tremendous demand on the competitors in the Full Throttle Drag Racing series. In the space of a few days, they must...

Line Readies for Norwalk with Family Road Trip

Mooresville, N.C., June 23, 2010 -- Racing on consecutive weekends puts a tremendous demand on the competitors in the Full Throttle Drag Racing series. In the space of a few days, they must perform all normal maintenance and repairs on their equipment, squeeze in as much research and development work as possible and travel to and from the various locations, with little time allowed for anything outside the competitive sphere.

Therefore, when the opportunity arose to spend a little extra time with his family by driving up to the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, Pro Stock standout Jason Line jumped at the chance, seeing the road trip as an excellent way to prepare for his sponsor's race.

"We stayed an extra day in Bristol to test our Summit Racing Pontiacs and get them ready for this weekend, and since my family was already with me, we took advantage of being that much closer to Norwalk to drive up," said Line. "We'll get up there on Tuesday, which will allow me to spend some time with my wife and kids at the water park before we get started with our different race-related activities.

"To be honest, I'm not sure if we've ever taken a road trip before, so I'm definitely looking forward to it. It may only be a day, but I think this will allow me to relax and take my mind off things for a few hours, so I can be fully focused once we start racing, which, given how important this race is to us, could be crucial."

As the defending champion of this event, Line is well-versed on what it takes to succeed in the Buckeye State. However, with Pro Stock's equivalent of an all-star race, the K&N Horsepower Challenge, being run as part of Saturday's activities at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, he also knows that maximizing every run is a key ingredient in a successful weekend. Most of all, he is fully aware of the importance to do well in front of those who make his racing possible. Fortunately, his confidence is buoyed by the gains the KB Racing team has made in recent weeks.

"I'm excited about this weekend, because I think we have a decent chance of winning both races," said Line. "We've made tremendous progress in last few weeks with Rob (crew chief Downing) and Tommy (recently hired crew chief Utt) working well together. Our Summit Racing Pontiac will need to be dialed in right off the trailer, so we can secure a good starting spot on Friday, allowing us to concentrate on the K&N Challenge on Saturday. This will be my sixth start in that event, and I'm ready to take home that $50,000.

"It's also important for us to win the race on Sunday for Summit. After all, they deserve it. They're a top-notch company and we want to be a top-notch race team for them. If we're able to successfully defend our win from last year, it would be a big deal. It would make everybody's weekend, and put smiles on a lot of people's faces. It's all right there in front of us -- we just need to make it happen, and I'm confident we will. I'm looking forward to getting started."

-source: kb racing

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