Line turned back in close loss KENT, Wash. (July 22, 2007) -- In the opening round of eliminations today, reigning NHRA Pro Stock champ Jason Line was turned back by V. Gaines at this weekend's 20th annual NHRA Schuck's Auto Supply ...
Line turned back in close loss
KENT, Wash. (July 22, 2007) -- In the opening round of eliminations today, reigning NHRA Pro Stock champ Jason Line was turned back by V. Gaines at this weekend's 20th annual NHRA Schuck's Auto Supply Nationals.
After the start of this rain plagued event was delayed some 50 minutes, racing got underway as Mother Nature cooperated. Line's KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac GTO covered the Pacific Raceway quarter-mile in 6.697 seconds, while Gaines recorded a 6.682-second pass.
The margin of victory for Gaines was slightly over 2 hundredths of a second -- approximately six feet at the finish line.
For Line, he now looks forward to the next race at Infineon Raceway which he won last year. The win last year started a string of three final rounds in a row and six in the last nine races.
COUNTDOWN TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP: In its simplest form, the Countdown breaks the $50 million, 23-event NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season up into three distinct segments: the 17-race Countdown to 8, the four-race Countdown to 4 and the two-race Countdown to 1.
After the 17 regular season races, all teams will continue vying for points, with full fields, but only the top eight drivers continue to vie for the championship in the four-race second segment. The top four drivers after the four-race playoff then move to the third and final segment that will be run over the final two races -- the NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals in Las Vegas and the NHRA Auto Club Finals in Pomona. While all teams will continue vying for points, with full fields, only one of the four can be crowned the 2007 champion.
Also of special note is that after the first segment the top eight drivers in each of the four professional classes will have their points adjusted in 10-point increments with No. 1 receiving 2,000 points and No. 8 receiving 2,070 points. After the second segment the top four drivers in each of the four professional classes will have their points adjusted again in 10-point increments with No. 1 receiving 3,000 points and No. 4 receiving 3,030 points.
NEXT RACE: Next it's on to Sonoma, in the heart of California's Napa Valley wine country, for the FRAM Autolite Nationals, July 27-29, at Infineon Raceway. The NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series then takes a week off before heading to the final two races in the first segment of the Countdown to the Championship -- Brainerd, Minn., and Reading, Penn.