Line Qualifies Seventh, Will Face a Familiar Foe in Topeka With the significantly warmer temperatures and speed-robbing head wind at Heartland Park Topeka on Saturday preventing any changes among the top qualifiers at the O'Reilly NHRA Summer ...
Line Qualifies Seventh, Will Face a Familiar Foe in Topeka
With the significantly warmer temperatures and speed-robbing head wind at Heartland Park Topeka on Saturday preventing any changes among the top qualifiers at the O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals, racers took advantage of their final two qualifying attempts to work on their tune-ups for race day. Virtually locked into the seventh position based on his 6.682-second, 205.94 mph pass from Friday, Summit Racing Pontiac racer Jason Line completed his qualifying effort with two runs in the 6.7-second range, highlighted a sixth-quickest 6.762-second run on his final attempt.
This set the stage for a first-round meeting with his teammate Greg Anderson, marking only the second time in over seven years that the KB Racing drivers will have squared off in the opening stanza. However, much like his partner, Line was more concerned with improving their race car's performance so that whichever car advanced would have a better chance of reaching the winner's circle tomorrow afternoon.
"Although I'm pleased to have qualified in the top half of the field, I certainly didn't want to be racing my teammate that early in the day," said Line. "I know it assures us of having a car in the second round, but we would rather have both our Summit Racing Pontiacs advance. Still, we'll make the most of the situation, and do what we can to get a win.
"The bottom line is that we're still not running the way we should. We know we have a lot of work ahead of us, but our immediate focus is on tomorrow. Hopefully we can use some of the things we learned today to make our cars faster, allowing us to better adapt to the conditions and go deep into eliminations."
-source: kb racing