Points Leader Line Leads the Way in Pro Stock Qualifying at Seattle Pontiac GTO Driver Claims Fourth No. 1 Qualifier of the Season KENT, Wash., July 22, 2006 - It looks like Jason Line, driver of the Summit Racing Pontiac GTO, is wasting little...
Points Leader Line Leads the Way in Pro Stock Qualifying at Seattle
Pontiac GTO Driver Claims Fourth No. 1 Qualifier of the Season
KENT, Wash., July 22, 2006 - It looks like Jason Line, driver of the Summit Racing Pontiac GTO, is wasting little time settling in to his new position atop the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock points standings. One week after unseating teammate Greg Anderson for the top spot in the Pro Stock standings, Line went out and claimed the No. 1 qualifier for Pro Stock eliminations at this weekend's 19th annual Schuck's Auto Supply NHRA Nationals at Pacific Raceways. Line claimed his fourth No. 1 qualifier of the season with an elapsed time of 6.690 seconds and 206.80 mph, edging out last year's winner here at Seattle, Kurt Johnson, in his ACDelco Chevy Cobalt. Johnson qualified second with an elapsed time of 6.696 seconds at 206.07 seconds.
"That felt really good in the car and I guess the scoreboard agreed," said Line after Friday night's qualifying run. "It was pretty stout. I'd say we got all of it out of that run. I'm really happy with the way the car's running right now.
"I really thought that one of us, Greg (Anderson) or me, would run better than the .69 I ran last night, but nobody did. What can I say? I thought either Greg or I would do better, and Kurt Johnson came close with his pass this morning. We hurt the engine in this morning's session, otherwise I though we would have gone faster. We damaged something internally, but we haven't taken it apart yet. So we changed engines and the new one seems to be as good as the one we hurt. I still believe we have one of the best, if not the best, cars out here. I'd rather be in our position than everybody else's."
Line will face Max Naylor in the first round of Sunday's eliminations. Other Pontiac qualifiers joining him in the 16-car field are teammate Greg Anderson in fourth, Tom Martino (5th), Greg Stanfield (6th), Jim Yates (9th), Warren Johnson 10th), and Mike Edwards (14th).
Chevy qualifiers joining defending event champ Kurt Johnson include last week's winner at Denver, Dave Connolly, in seventh, Tom Lee in the Slammers Chevy Cobalt in 12th, and Ron Krisher in 13th.
In Funny Car, Phil Burkart Jr. led the way for Team Chevy, qualifying fifth with an elapsed time of 4.898 seconds at 316.75 mph. Robert Hight is qualified No. 1 in a Ford. Other Chevy drivers joining Johnson for Sunday's elimination rounds are Cruz and Toony Pedregon in seventh and eighth, respectively, Tommy Johnson Jr. in ninth, Gary Densham (10th), Tony Bartone (13th), Del Worsham (14th), Scott Kalitta (15th) and Tim Wilkerson (16th).