Jason Line Defeats Greg Anderson in Quickest Side-By-Side Pass In NHRA Pro Stock History - Pair of Pontiacs Make Track-Record Runs READING, Pa., Oct. 10, 2004- Jason Line captured his fourth Pro Stock victory of the season today at the Lucas Oil...
Jason Line Defeats Greg Anderson in Quickest Side-By-Side Pass In NHRA Pro Stock History - Pair of Pontiacs Make Track-Record Runs
READING, Pa., Oct. 10, 2004- Jason Line captured his fourth Pro Stock victory of the season today at the Lucas Oil Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway by edging past teammate Greg Anderson in an all Pontiac Grand Am final round. With their two Grand Ams racing to the finish stripe in the quickest side-by-side pass in NHRA Pro Stock history, Line was able to deny Anderson's attempt for a 14th and single-season, record-setting win. Line's effort was also Pontiacs 17th victory this season and its 142nd all time in NHRA Pro Stock competition.
"Hopefully, this win gives our Rookie of the Year effort a big shot in the arm," said Line. "I don't know how it can be anything but a good thing for us. I mean, I just beat Greg Anderson, which is something most people haven't been able to do in the last two years. That has to count for something."
Line came into today's race qualified in the No. 2 position with his Pontiac slotted just below teammate Anderson's Summit Racing Grand Am. Line defeated Mark Pawuk in round one, Dave Connolly in round two and Kenny Koretsky in round three. In the championship heat against Anderson, Line's Pontiac established a new Maple Grove Raceway track-record elapsed time of 6.669 seconds with a top speed of 206.23 mph. Anderson's Grand Am clocked in at 6.681 seconds with a track-record top speed of 206.67 mph. Line's margin of victory was .045 of a second and the win moved him into second place in the Pro Stock standings.
"No one can ever accuse us of not racing," said Line. "There are no orders on this team. That just shows what a classy guy Greg is. He's a great champion and a true drag racer. He never said a word except, 'good luck,' even though we all know how much he wants to set that record."
Even though Anderson's Summit Racing Pontiac fell inches short of a new single-season win mark, it was still a record-breaking afternoon for the 2003-04 POWERade champion. Anderson picked up his 68th round win of the season in the semifinals over V. Gaines to break the previous season-best mark of 67 he set during the 2003 campaign, and his 17 final-round appearances in one year are the most ever by an NHRA professional driver. When you include Jason Line's six title-round tallies into the mix, Anderson and his KB Racing teammate have advanced to the finals 23 times in just 21 national events.
"Now do you understand why I wanted Jason on this team," asked Anderson? "He's such a tremendous asset to this program, not only for what he does for us on the racetrack, but the hands-on engine work that has helped to give this team the edge all season long. Jason's done a great job all year and I'm just very proud of what he's been able to do in such a short amount of time in the racecar.
"Jason's Pontiac has been running fast all weekend, but so has my car. He got the jump on me and I just couldn't run him down. It was close though. I could see that we were running side-by-side and I wasn't certain who had won until we got to the end of the track. That's about as exciting as it gets in this sport. It's nice to be able to put together another all final round for Ken Black and Pontiac Motorsports."
The next stop on the 23-race NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series is the ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals on Oct. 28 - 31 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.