Jason Line now turns attention to season-opening Winternationals after birth of his first child and testing POMONA, Calif. (February 8, 2006) -- Due to the birth of his first child (Jack Vincent Line), Jason Line, driver of the KB Racing ...
Jason Line now turns attention to season-opening Winternationals after birth of his first child and testing
POMONA, Calif. (February 8, 2006) -- Due to the birth of his first child (Jack Vincent Line), Jason Line, driver of the KB Racing LLC/Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock Pontiac GTO, got a late start on his preseason testing.
Line didn't arrive into Las Vegas until Monday but quickly made up for the lost time and feels that he is ready for the 2006 season-opening NHRA CARQUEST Auto Parts Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway on the grounds of the LA County Fairplex in Pomona, Calif., this weekend.
"I can honestly say that testing in my book took a back seat to my wife and I enjoying being first time parents," said Line, who finished second in the 2004 NHRA POWERade Pro Stock point standings and third in 2005.
Line went on to say, "Greg (Anderson, teammate) has been testing a good deal over the off-season and spent a couple more days on the track in Vegas than I did. Since both cars are set up nearly identical, what he learned in my absence can be applied to my car, so we're not as behind as it may seem. I did miss some seat time, but that's about it."
Now the new papa looks to Pomona and the start of the 23-race NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. "This new season looks tighter than ever and you can't single out one individual who is going to run away with things," stated Line. "There are too many good cars.
"I'm cautiously optimistic about Pomona. We've had the most productive off-season that we've ever had. Now we must translate any new found gains to the race track."
Qualifying for Line and his KB Racing LLC/Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock Pontiac GTO begins with one session each on Thursday and Friday scheduled for 2 p.m. and concludes with two additional sessions on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Line begins his quest for the CarQuest Winternationals Pro Stock title on Sunday with eliminations for all classes beginning at 11 a.m. All times are local Pomona time (PST) and subject to change at anytime.
Qualifying highlights for the 46th annual NHRA CARQUEST Auto Parts Winternationals can be seen on ESPN2 on Saturday (Feb. 11) from 10 p.m. until 12 midnight. ESPN2 will also air same-day television coverage of eliminations from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m. on Sunday (Feb. 12). The elimination show repeats early Tuesday morning from 3-5 a.m. Television times are Eastern Time (ET) and subject to change at anytime. Check local listings.
KB Racing LLC is owned by Las Vegas businessmen Ken Black and his son Kenny Black. KB Racing LLC fields two Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock Pontiac GTOs, driven by Greg Anderson and Jason Line in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Anderson has won three consecutive POWERade Pro Stock Championships (2003-2005). Line finished third in the 2005 POWERade point standings and was honored with the 2004 Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future award, presented to the most outstanding rookie in a professional category. This year KB Racing LLC will also begin fielding a Top Fuel Dragster, managed by Kalitta Motorsports, with rookie Top Fuel driver Hillary Will handling the driving duties.