Summit Racing Pro Stock pilot Jason Line had an excellent track record early in his career on Father’s Day, and at this weekend’s NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, the father of two would very much like a repeat.
Thanks to the close proximity of Bristol Dragway to his home in Mooresville, N.C., Line will race with the support of his family, including children Jack and Emma, at this weekend’s event. Although Lawrence Line won’t be in attendance, the patriarch will surely be cheering on his son from home, and Line would certainly appreciate the chance to score the “Wally” in honor of his dad on Father’s Day.
“My dad is one of the reasons I got into this,” said Line, who comes from a family of drag racers still active in NHRA’s sportsman series near their Minnesota home base. “Father’s Day was a pretty good weekend for me when I first started racing Pro Stock – the first three times I raced on Father’s Day, I won. Getting those wins for my dad was a pretty neat gift, but it’s been a long time since I was able to do that. It would be nice to do it again for him, and for Summit Racing and our great team owners Ken and Judy Black, who will be there with us this weekend.”
Last year, the race in Bristol marked a significant change of scenery for Line as it was there that he debuted a brand new, brilliant blue Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro. Since that time, Line has won two national events in the Camaro, including the race in Houston earlier this year, and is aiming to build on the scorecard for his hot rod. Bristol, however, is a particular challenge because of the high altitude and varying conditions.
“It’s usually fairly hot and humid, but you can have a big swing there. You just never know with that racetrack,” said Line. “But I have a lot of faith in the Summit Racing team, and I believe that if everything falls in order, we could end up in a good position. Bristol is a really great place to go and race – it’s definitely on my top 10 list for more than a few reasons. Everyone at the track is really nice, and it’s a great facility and a race I always look forward to because it’s close to home. I enjoy it, and I’ll be working on finding a way to be a little bit better there this weekend, that’s for sure.”
The weekend will actually begin on Thursday as Line and his Summit Racing teammate, Greg Anderson, participate in the 10th annual Bristol Dragway Celebrity Golf Benefit in support of Speedway Children’s Charities.
“The golf tournament is something that Greg and I both look forward to every year,” said Line. “It’s a great cause, and it’s always a nice way to start off the weekend. But once we get to the racetrack on Friday, every guy on the KB Racing crew is going to be extremely focused on one thing: winning the race.”
Jason Line & the Summit Racing Camaro crew
By the Numbers – Bristol Dragway edition:
1 – Win and No. 1 qualifying performance by Line at Bristol Dragway coming into this weekend, both of which came in 2006.
2 – Bristol final round appearances by Line.
6 – Times Line has qualified in the top half of the field in his previous nine starts in Thunder Valley.
14 – Elimination round wins by Jason in eight prior Bristol starts, versus 8 losses
Event Schedule (All Times Eastern):
Friday, June 14 – 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., qualifying
Saturday, June 15 – 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., qualifying
Sunday, June 16 – 12 p.m., championship eliminations
Television Coverage (All coverage on ESPN2):
Saturday, June 15 – 7-9:30 p.m. (ET, delayed), qualifying
Sunday, June 16 – 1-3, 11 p.m.-midnight, (ET, delayed), eliminations