Line Steps Back to Move Forward in Madison Mooresville, N.C., April 28, 2010 -- Yogi Berra once stated that "Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical." Although the legendary manager's math might have been off, his...
Line Steps Back to Move Forward in Madison
Mooresville, N.C., April 28, 2010 -- Yogi Berra once stated that "Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical." Although the legendary manager's math might have been off, his theory is not only valid, but could also apply to the sport of drag racing, where a driver and team's approach can play a prominent role in how they perform on the track. As he prepared for this weekend's AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals in Madison, IL, Summit Racing Pontiac driver Jason Line realized his outlook could use some fine-tuning, and took some necessary steps to ensure he would be in the proper mindset once he arrived at the track.
"I was getting a little frustrated after our performance in the last few races, so I thought it would be a good idea to take a little time and step back from things," said Line. "With everything we have going on, it wasn't easy to do, but I spent a little time working on my Biscayne wagon (an 800-hp project street rod he has been working on in his spare time for the last year) this last week just to do something a little different.
"I certainly didn't want to stop working because this Summit Racing team wants to win, and I made sure to take care of everything that had to be done. It's just that sometimes you have to take a little breather to clear your head. Having done that, I can pretty much assure my perspective will be greatly improved when we get to Gateway, which we hope to convert into round wins on Sunday."
Line and his KB Racing crew will need every advantage they can muster this weekend as they head to Gateway International Raceway. As one of the handful of tracks on the 2010 Full Throttle circuit where he has yet to reach the winner's circle, success on the Madison quarter-mile offers the 2006 champion a little extra incentive, which, combined his coming within two-thousandths of a second of scoring the elusive win one year ago, has him primed for this year's edition.
"We want to win every race we enter, and even more so when it's a track where we haven't won before," said Line. "It's been pretty much a hit-or-miss situation for me at Gateway. The track is pretty decent, and although we've seen the entire range of atmospheric conditions over the years, right now it should be pretty good. I actually should have won there last year, but was two-thousandths early off the line. In any case, I'd definitely like to add it to the list.
"We've been working on a few things since the last race, testing to try and make our Summit Racing Pontiac better than it has been lately. Hopefully, we'll have something for our competition, so we can get back to winning races on a regular basis. After all, there is no better way to get your mind straight than by going to the winner's circle, and I believe we're over due for another visit."
-source: kb racing