Line Looks to Continue the Climb in Dallas
Mooresville, N.C., September 18, 2013 – Summit Racing Pro Stock driver Jason Line made a huge move last week at the first race of the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship. As the No. 1 qualifier, the two-time Pro Stock world titlist made a powerful launch towards the trophy on Sunday, knocking out everyone in his way en route to the final round. Although Line fell just short in the closing the deal, he moved up to third place from sixth in the series standings, and his Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro is tested and ready to get the job done this weekend at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex near Dallas.
“We had a great weekend in Charlotte, but it could have been better for the Summit Racing team,” said Mooresville, N.C.-based Line. “We aren’t really satisfied with second-best, so this weekend we plan to put one of our Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaros in the winner’s circle. We tested on Monday, and the KB Racing shop was humming this week before the trucks left for Dallas. It’s been a busy few days, and we feel like we are in a good position to keep climbing in the points.”
Line has enjoyed success in Dallas before; he was No. 1 qualifier and won the event at Texas Motorplex in 2011, the year of his most recent Pro Stock championship. The facility, built in 1986 and billed as drag racing’s first supertrack with its all-concrete surface, has been notoriously fast throughout the years, and the Summit Racing team held both ends of the track record as recently as 2011. This year, however, the conditions are not projected to be conducive to breathtaking elapsed time or speed for the naturally aspirated factory hot rods.
“It looks like it will be hot there on Saturday and Sunday,” said Line. “The KB Racing crew would prefer to have a little bit better forecast, but no matter what we always like racing there. The folks in Dallas are great, and that just makes it fun.
“There is a lot at stake right now, and we’re going to do whatever it takes to try to win this thing. Team Summit is rejuvenated, and it feels good to have a competitive car again.”
Jason Line & the Summit Racing Camaro crew
By the Numbers – Texas Motorplex edition:
1 – a) Wins by Line at the Motorplex, in 2011.
b) No. 1 qualifying performance by Line in Ennis entering this weekend
3 – Positions Line moved up in the Mello Yello Series points after last week in Charlotte at the first race in the Countdown to the Championship (from sixth to third)
5 – Collective wins for the Summit Racing team at the Dallas area facility (Line’s Texas victory complements those of his teammate, Greg Anderson, who has four)
11 – Elimination round wins by Jason in his previous nine starts at the Motorplex, versus 8 losses