Topeka: Jason Line final summary

Close not close enough for Line TOPEKA, Kan. (May 27, 2006) -- On the wrong side of close, Jason Line, in the KB Racing-owned, Summit Racing Equipment-backed Pro Stock Pontiac GTO, was turned back by Allen Johnson by six thousandth of...

Close not close enough for Line

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 27, 2006) -- On the wrong side of close, Jason Line, in the KB Racing-owned, Summit Racing Equipment-backed Pro Stock Pontiac GTO, was turned back by Allen Johnson by six thousandth of a second in the opening round of eliminations at the 18th running of the NHRA O'Reilly Summer Nationals.

Both drivers ran identical passes of 6.852 seconds and nearly identical speeds -- 201.15 for Line and 201.01 for Johnson. Johnson gained an advantage at the green light of .006 seconds and carried that advantage across the finish line, winning by .006 seconds.

"You hate to lose any race. Being close doesn't make it feel any better. A loss is a loss," said Line, following the opening round loss at Heartland Park Topeka. "I could say that if I would have driven better, I may have won. The fact of the matter is that no matter what I say, it doesn't change the outcome. Today is over for me and my Summit Racing Pontiac. Now I turn my attention to Chicago."

When final points are posted for this event, Line, who was born in Wright, Minn. and current lives in Terrell, N.C., will remain second in points in the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock point standings.

-kbr

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Drivers Allen Johnson , Jason Line