Mooresville, N.C., February 16, 2012 – During last year’s Countdown to the Championship playoffs, Summit Racing Pro Stock driver Jason Line made an incredible run, scoring three wins in four final round appearances along with three No. 1 qualifying performances and a new national elapsed time record en route to his second NHRA Full Throttle championship. In fact, the only race of the six-race series where he did not advance to the semis or better was the unique fall event at Firebird Raceway. Therefore, as the series returns to the Grand Canyon State for this weekend’s NHRA Arizona Nationals, Line believes it is time to extract a little revenge on the venerable quarter-mile.
“We’re headed back to Firebird Raceway looking to reverse our performance from last year,” said Line. “We actually qualified well, but quite honestly stunk up the show on Sunday. We’re not about to let that happen again this year. We’re coming out of Pomona with a lot of team momentum, and we had a productive test in Las Vegas during the week, so this entire Summit Racing team is ready to get to Arizona and take care of business.”
As Line states, the KB Racing crew has plenty of reason to be optimistic heading into this weekend’s race. In a tremendous display of team performance at last week’s Winternationals in Pomona, CA, Line was the No. 1 qualifier and arguably one of the best cars on race day, with his march to a second consecutive season-opening win stopped only by his teammate Greg Anderson in an extremely close semifinal race, with Anderson going on to take home the trophy. In addition, Ronnie Humphrey in a third Pontiac run in conjunction with the KB Racing team was among the quickest and most consistent cars in qualifying, capturing the third starting position. Therefore, it is understandable why Line is more than ready to return to competition.
“Our performance in Pomona showed us that we have three fast Summit Racing Pontiacs, any of which are capable of winning the race,” said Line. “However, as we saw last week, this is a tough field, and any mistake, no matter how slight, can end your day. Therefore, from Q1 on Friday, we have to make sure to deliver as close to an error-free performance as we can.
“Of course, we are also still working to get a handle on this race car and combination. The good news is that we have yet to have a perfect run, and it’s still been fast, which has us excited about when we do get it dialed in. Of course, our competitors are doing exactly the same thing, so it’s not about to get any easier.
“If that’s not enough, we’re racing on a surface that we have very little data on, especially in these conditions. All things considered, it promises to be a challenging race, but that’s when this KB Racing team seems to do best, so I’m feeling pretty good about our chances. I’ve been to two finals here in the past, but never left with the trophy – that’s something I’d like to correct this weekend, and I think we have everything we need to do it.”