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  • Line Bringing the Heat to Phoenix

    NHRA Pro Stock driver Jason Line is eager to return to the seat of his blue Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, particularly as the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series makes its second stop of 24 on the 2014 tour on the heels of a very successful outing for the KB Racing team. Just two short weeks ago, Line won the season-opener in Pomona, and he plans to ride a wave of momentum into the Valley of the Sun at this weekend’s CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at the newly rejuvenated Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix.


    Line, who now possesses a remarkable 32 NHRA Pro Stock wins, has had previous success in Phoenix and was the winner of the event in 2012. He was also the No. 1 qualifier in 2007.


    “It’s a great feeling for this Summit Racing team to head to Phoenix, because no matter what, we get there and we’re the guys who won the last race,” said Line. “That’s a nice thing to be able to say, and it makes everyone on this team feel pretty darn good. Now our job is to build on that and bring another one home for Summit Racing and our team owner Ken Black. Ken and his wife Judy were there with us when we won in Pomona, and that was really special. Every win is important, but that one was particularly special for several reasons.”


    In addition to Black being on site to see his team earn their 104th national event title, Line was able to bring home the trophy for teammate Greg Anderson, who was in the hospital recovering from successful heart surgery and has since returned home. Anderson is schedule to return to racing his Summit Racing Pro Stock Chevrolet Camaro in Atlanta this May.


    “The win at the Winternationals may have been the biggest one yet for me,” admitted Line. “It was very different to be there without my teammate, and I will say that I wasn’t 100% confident that we could win that weekend. But we did it – and I think that shows what a great team we have. It was a very good way to start the year, and we know our Summit Racing Camaros are capable of winning. It gave us all a boost of confidence, and I think we’re all excited.”


    Line arrives in Phoenix in the points lead, a position he last held after winning in Dallas last year. A two-time NHRA world champion in the esteemed Pro Stock category, the Minnesota-born Mooresville, N.C.-based driver isn’t willing to lay out his vision for the season just yet.


    “I’m realistic,” said Line. “But I will say that any time you go to a race after winning one, it’s just fun. You know what your team is capable of, and of course, that’s what you hope for – to be able to win. The field was very tight in Pomona, and that makes for great racing so I’m excited about this year. The crowd was really enthusiastic, too – and maybe they’re always that way, but it seemed to me that they are especially this year. When the crowd is into it that makes it even more fun for all of us. It’s going to be a good year.”

  • Line Unruffled by Crash in Testing, Title Hopes Intact as NHRA Tour Heads to Vegas

    Jasonline_10Pro Stock driver Jason Line had said again and again in recent months that he wouldn’t trade the silver Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro with anybody as he rode a wave of success that brought him all the way up to the No. 3 position, just 50 points back from the very top spot in the standings. The two-time series champion certainly never suspected that the car would be taken from him by a nasty crash during a test session with just two races to go in the 2013 Countdown to the Championship.


    Now, however, with the 13th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway just days away, Line appears to be right back on track in the white Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro that teammate Greg Anderson had been piloting for the better part of the season. Anderson has resumed control of the red Camaro that the team has had on standby.


    “Rumor had it that they were going to sell the car, so I basically just made sure no one else was going to get it,” joked Line, who was uninjured during the rollover crash at a North Carolina racetrack two weeks ago. “Hey, if you can’t laugh at yourself, then you have no business laughing at anyone else.


    “But in all seriousness, we aren’t discouraged by what happened. The white Summit Racing Camaro certainly has the potential to be better than the silver one was, but the big question is if it will be good right away. The trick will be to get it to where it needs to be ASAP. There is certainly a sense of urgency because we have to win this week if we want to win the championship. The car performed well during testing, and we have every reason to be optimistic.”


    Indeed, there is no facility more appealing to the KB Racing team, whose collective success there has included a win in 2008 for Line at the spring race and seven wins for Anderson. The Summit Racing Pro Stock team has made the final round 11 times in Las Vegas, and twice they have proudly participated in an all-Summit Racing final with Line and Anderson going head-to-head for the trophy in front of Las Vegas-based team owners Ken and Judy Black.


    “Sometimes adversity forces you out of your box and you have to do something a little bit different,” said Line. “I think that’s exciting, and I’m looking forward to this weekend. I feel like we have the ability to go out there and beat everybody else, and we need to. This is a big weekend. It’s do or die in terms of the championship – by Sunday afternoon, we’re going to have a pretty good idea of who is going to win.”


  • Anderson Back in Red Summit Racing Camaro in Las Vegas

    GregANdersonBMThe expression “change is good” has held true for the Summit Racing Pro Stock duo of Greg Anderson and Jason Line in the past, and at this weekend’s 13th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the group that shares six NHRA series championships is counting on history to repeat itself.


    When Line’s silver Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro was damaged beyond immediate repair in a significant crash during a private test session two weeks ago, the timing was less than ideal with just two NHRA events left to gain championship points. The resourceful team quickly hatched a plan: Line, currently third in the Pro Stock standings and just 50 points back from first place, would slide in behind the wheel of KB Racing’s white Camaro – a car that Anderson had driven since its debut at Bristol Dragway this summer – and Anderson would return to the comfortable seat of a very special car, the red Summit Racing Camaro he debuted in Englishtown in 2012.


    “We’ve had a lot of turmoil and shake-ups since the last race, but if you look back, most times when the KB Racing team has done a swap-a-roo it’s worked out well for us,” said Anderson, who made history with the red Chevrolet Camaro when he drove it to victory in its Englishtown debut. It was the first Pro Stock win for a Camaro in over a decade and the 100th win for KB Racing.


    “We haven’t run the red Summit Racing Camaro since earlier this year in Phoenix, but Buddy Perkinson has been driving the blue version of this same car lately and will do so again this weekend, and we’ve been able to learn a lot. The cars ran very well in testing, and to be honest, this adds a certain level of excitement for us. It’s a neat opportunity, and we think it’s going to rejuvenate us, give us new life and renew our desire to show everyone that we aren’t a one-trick pony team. We have grit and fortitude, and we believe that we can recover from this mishap and actually turn it into an opportunity.”


    The twice-yearly events at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway are always eagerly anticipated for the KB Racing group. Team owners Ken and Judy Black are based in Las Vegas, and the Summit Racing team has garnered success there with regularity. Anderson has earned more Las Vegas wins than any other driver in the exceptionally competitive Pro Stock category and has seven trophies earned at the facility in nine final rounds. He has also been very fast during qualifying and has five times been the No. 1 qualifier.


    “I’ve always loved going to Vegas; it’s probably the most exciting race on the tour,” said Anderson, currently No. 7 in the series standings. “At this time of year, there is a lot on the line – and we are certainly up to the challenge.”


  • Summit Racing and Harley-Davidson Racers to Visit Troops in the Middle East During 2013 “Operation Appreciation”

    JasonLine_51Summit Racing Equipment and Armed Forces Entertainment (AFE) have announced the itinerary for 2013’s “Operation Appreciation,” an annual visit by Summit Racing and Harley-Davidson racers to American troops stationed overseas. The trip is scheduled for November 18 to November 22.


    After three years of visiting American personnel based in Europe, Operation Appreciation will be going to the Middle East to visit troops in Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bahrain.


    “We’re looking forward to this year’s trip,” said Jim Greenleaf, Summit Racing Motorsports and Events Manager. “Our troops in this part of the world work right next door to areas of conflict like Syria and Afghanistan, and in an environment that most of them have not experienced before. We hope bringing them a little slice of home will let these people know that they are appreciated.”


    Giving Back to Those Who Serve

    The trip is once again made possible by the Army Special Forces Association Chapter 64 and is being led by the SFA’s Sfc (Retired) Wayne Reed.


    Summit Racing drivers Greg Anderson (NHRA Pro Stock), Jason Line (NHRA Pro Stock), and Dan Runte (Summit Racing/BIGFOOT monster truck) have been on several of these trips and always look forward to visiting the troops.


    “This is my fifth visit, and every year I look forward to the opportunity to thank our troops in person for everything they do for our country,” said Line. “Really, it’s a big deal and an incredible honor. We bring a little bit of home to them and thank them for all that they have done and continue to do for us. I’m definitely looking forward to it.”


    “This year we have the opportunity to go somewhere we’ve never been before,” said Anderson. “I’m certainly looking forward to seeing the troops. They tell us this is a morale boost for them, but believe me, it does just as much for us. This is really something special for us, and it’s something we look forward to each and every year.”


    “Our troops spend so much time away from their families and friends protecting all of us at home,” said Runte. “Anything we can do to show them that we appreciate their sacrifice is time and effort well spent.”


    This year’s trip is the second for Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines riders Eddie Krawiec and Andrew Hines.


    “For me, this trip is a way to repay the troops a little bit by saying thank you and letting them know that I appreciate what they do,” said Krawiec. “It’s something small, but it’s neat to be able to do that for them and put a smile on their faces.”


    “It’s an honor to be included in Summit Racing’s Operation Appreciation,” said Hines. “I’m looking forward to meeting with some of our American heroes and spending time with them. I know many of our troops are also supporters of NHRA, and it’s pretty special to be able to bring them a little excitement while they’re so far from home.”


    You can follow this year’s Operation Appreciation trip at OnAllCylinders, Summit Racing’s blog (http://www.onallcylinders.com/), and Summit Racing’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/SummitRacingEquipment?sk=wall).

  • Summit Racing Equipment inks multi-year deal to return as sponsor of IHRA’s SuperSeries program

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    The International Hot Rod Association is excited to announce that Summit Racing Equipment, the nation’s leading provider of high performance racing parts, has signed a multi-year agreement to return as sponsor of the hugely popular IHRA SuperSeries program.


    From its beginnings in 2002, the Summit SuperSeries has grown into the preeminent program for grassroots drag racing. Designed to give racers an opportunity to compete for a world championship on the big stage at the IHRA Summit Racing Equipment World Finals through a multi-stage, yearlong competition, the SuperSeries has blossomed from a small, one class championship in 2002 to a three class competition in 2013 with well over 5,000 participants throughout the United States, Canada and beyond.


    IHRA and Summit Racing Equipment are also thrilled to announce that Memphis International Raceway will return as the host track for IHRA’s championship races during the IHRA Summit World Finals. Summit will also be returning as sponsor the Summit Pro-Am Tour and Summit Tournament of Champions in 2014.


    “The success of the Summit SuperSeries is a direct result of support from IHRA tracks across the country. They’ve been able to use the series to enhance their points programs,” said Jim Greenleaf, Summit Racing’s Motorsports and Events Manager. “We’ve gotten positive feedback from the racers about the SuperSeries, too, and the program has grown to include 16 car fields in Top ET and Mod ET. In 2012, we added a Junior Dragster Championship. Summit Racing is proud to continue this program in support of sportsman racing.”


    The Summit SuperSeries program features competition in Top ET, Mod ET and Junior Dragster. Providing the base for the program are the more than 100 IHRA member tracks in seven divisions. Drivers compete year-round at their local track for an opportunity to represent their home track at the Summit Team Finals. Once at the Team Finals level, drivers then compete against track champions from other IHRA facilities for the right to go to the World Finals and compete for a World Championship in their respective class.


    The Summit SuperSeries World Championship consists of the best 16 racers in each category competing in a winner takes all championship race. Over $200,000 in cash and prizes is awarded to Summit SuperSeries participants, including a cash prize awarded to all qualified participant tracks.


    Over the years this prestigious program has attracted racers from all over the world including the island nation of Aruba and from as far away as Alaska and Hawaii to compete for a Summit SuperSeries championship.


    “We are very fortunate to have a great partner in sportsman racing like Summit. Their commitment to all of IHRA sportsman racing is tremendous,” said Aaron Polburn, President of IHRA Motorsports. “Summit Racing supports those that support them – the hard working racers that put in all that time to be able to do what they love.


    “Summit’s commitment and support for IHRA sportsman programs only helps to reaffirm that sportsman racing at IHRA will be around for a long time.”


    The Summit SuperSeries program is made possible by the longtime support of Summit Racing Equipment. Headquartered in Tallmadge, Ohio, Summit Racing Equipment is the leading provider of high performance accessory and racing parts. The company has three retail store and distribution centers in Ohio, Nevada and Georgia.


    Summit Racing Equipment is a major supporter of the IHRA and motorsports enthusiasts around the globe, sponsoring other major programs such as the IHRA’s Summit Pro-Am Tour, Summit Team Finals, Summit World Finals and contingency program.


    For more information on Summit Racing Equipment visit their website at www.summitracing.com and for more information on the IHRA and the Summit SuperSeries program, visit www.ihra.com to learn more.


  • Anderson Reaches the Semifinals in Reading

    Pro Stock driver Greg Anderson continued to gather round wins in his sleek Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro at this weekend’s Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway, and the two-time Reading winner visited the semifinals for the second NHRA event in a row. Anderson was once again remarkable in the driver’s seat in his quest to win his first race of the season and fell just one round short of a fourth career final round in scenic Reading.


    Following four respectable qualifying runs, Anderson came into raceday in the No. 11 position and fired off a .013-second reaction time to gain an important advantage in his first-round meeting with Richie Stevens Jr., a driver he hadn’t raced since the NHRA Finals in 2008.


    Anderson won their match on a holeshot, 6.607 to 6.605, and advanced to the second round, where he was .014 at the tree to a red-lighting Mike Edwards, one of the lead contenders for the top spot. In the end, Anderson could only be stopped by Allen Johnson, who ran a low of the round 6.595 to better his 6.633 in the semifinals.


    “The semis any day is a good day, but it’s still obviously short of where we want to be,” said Anderson, who stayed seventh in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock standings. “I gained a few points on some of the competitors around me, but I had a two-part goal this weekend: I was trying to win the race and trying to help Jason Line win a championship.”


    Anderson’s defeat of Edwards in the second round was certainly a critical round for Summit Racing as his teammate Line is No. 3 in the points and just five points behind Edwards – and, most importantly, 50 points out of first place.


    “Anyone can win the championship, but it’s going to take absolute perfection to win,” Anderson continued. “The driver, the engine, the car, nothing can be off. If you want it, you’ll have to find a way to be perfect from here on out. We’re still in the battle with Jason’s car, and we’ve got two weekends off to go test and find what we think we may be missing with my car so that I can win a race before the year is through and help my teammate. Competition is at an all time high out here, but this year isn’t over yet.”


  • Line Races to the Semis in Reading, Stays No. 3 in Standings

    Pro Stock driver Jason Line had the quickest car on the property this weekend at picturesque Maple Grove Raceway’s Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals. Starting from the No. 1 position for the second time this season, Line powered his way through eliminations and ultimately ended his day in the semifinals to remain a top contender in the championship chase.


    As has been the case in previous seasons, Line was a stellar performer at the event in Reading, the fourth of six races in NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship playoffs. No one on raceday could top his 6.573 and 210.87 mph recorded during qualifying, and Line’s national record for speed (214.35 mph) set at Maple Grove Raceway last year remained untouched.


    In keeping with a speedy theme, the Mooresville, N.C.-based driver clocked the second quickest time of the first round of eliminations, a 6.584 at a fast 210.14 mph, to put Northeast racer Kenny Delco on the trailer. From there, Line moved on to a round two meeting with young Vincent Nobile, a notoriously efficient leaver. Nobile was first off the starting line, but he was also just a tick too quick and Line easily got the nod to his opponent’s foul start. At the top end, Line’s Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro finished the run in 6.596-second and with the fastest speed of the round – a swift 210.37 mph.


    After kicking off the Countdown with a runner-up in Charlotte followed by a win in Dallas, Line was well on path for a return to glory, and in the semifinals he clocked the second-quickest run of the round with a 6.607 at 210.01 mph. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to overcome Jeg Coughlin’s .012 reaction time. Line fell just one round short of reaching a career third Reading final round.


    “My Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro was a great car during qualifying, and it wasn’t quite as good today, but I definitely had a car that could win,” said Line. “This is the last race of four in a row, and the KB Racing guys have worked very hard both on and off the track – and it has shown. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get the points lead back. But we are one of the cars in the running for the championship, and that’s good news for us.”


    Line came to Reading third in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock points and that is exactly where he stood at the conclusion of the race. He is just 50 points back from the top spot.


    “If we’re going to have a shot at this, we have to pick it up a little bit and keep the momentum going,” said Line. “I don’t know that the championship has ever been this close before and with so many drivers who still have a chance. It’s tough out here right now, probably tougher than it’s ever been. We’ll be testing before the next race (the NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas, October 24-27, 2013), and Team Summit plans to be very ready to finish out the year on a high note.”


  • Line Looking for Move Up at Maple Grove

    Summit Racing campaigner Jason Line has emerged as one of the top challengers for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock title in 2013, and the Mooresville, N.C.-based driver looks to this weekend’s Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway for the opportunity to climb a bit higher in the standings. Line, a two-time world champion in the extremely competitive factory hot rod class, is currently No. 3 in the Pro Stock points with just three races left before the title is decided.


    “It’s as simple as this: I have to win rounds,” said Line, whose most recent victory in the current season was just two weeks ago in Dallas, and last weekend in St. Louis he had the dominant car during eliminations but was edged out of contention for the win by just a fraction of a second.


    “We didn’t have a great day in St. Louis last week, but you’re going to have those,” continued Line. “As tight as the competition is, it isn’t reasonable to expect you’ll win every week – but you’d sure like to. We just lost a heck of a good drag race with our Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro. But this is a new day, a new weekend, a new race. If we keep going like we have been, there is a very good possibility that we can redeem ourselves.”


    Line has had a superb track record at Maple Grove Raceway and currently holds the track record for elapsed time (6.477 clocked in 2011) and speed (214.35 mph, the standing national record recorded at the event last October).


    In his career, the Minnesota native has won twice in Reading. In 2004, Line beat Summit Racing teammate Greg Anderson in the final round, and in 2011 he ousted then-teammate Ronnie Humphrey in the trophy round. He has also been the low qualifier at the event three times, including at the two most recent races held there.


    “Maple Grove is a good place, and I certainly have enjoyed some success there in the past,” said Line. “It’s fun to go back there, and it’s a very pretty part of the country. I don’t know that there will be the opportunity to set more records this time around, but if it’s up for grabs, you can be sure that Summit Racing will be going after them. The record is worth 20 points, and at this time of the year every one of those points counts.”

  • Anderson Unfazed by Four in a Row, Eager to Race in Reading

    The 2013 season of NHRA’s Mello Yello Drag Racing Series is winding down, and this weekend as the tour settles in at Maple Grove Raceway for the Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals – the 22nd race of 24 on the schedule – Summit Racing Pro Stock driver Greg Anderson is anything but exhausted.


    “I just enjoy racing as much as I possibly can,” said Anderson prior to the final race in a quick string of four in a row. “I would like to have an off-weekend to go and test, but with how much we have been racing lately, we should have more than enough chances to fix anything that we possibly need to with our Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaros. The more time you get on the racetrack, whether it’s a test or a race, the more chances you have to learn. I’m fine with racing four in a row, and as far as attitude and stamina, the KB Racing team is fresh. We’re not complaining at all; we’re excited. May the strongest team win.”


    Last weekend in St. Louis, Anderson was seriously on task and powered through eliminations before he was halted just one round short of the final, and for his efforts he was rewarded with a jump up two spots in the points. Currently seventh in the series standings, Anderson believes that his main focus at this point in the season should be on helping Summit Racing teammate Jason Line advance towards a championship. Line is currently ranked third in the Pro Stock points.


    “This is a team effort here, and right now, Jason has a better chance at winning the championship for Summit Racing,” said Anderson, a four-time titlist in NHRA’s elite Pro Stock class. “Hopefully, any success that I have this weekend and in the last three races of the year will help him, and we’ll be able to bring home another big trophy for our team owners Ken and Judy Black and the folks at Summit Racing. We’re going to Maple Grove with guns blazing.”


    Team Summit has an extraordinary track record in Reading. In 2004, Anderson made his way to the final at Maple Grove Raceway for the first time, and it was his teammate who beat him for the title. Between them, the Summit Racing duo own four Reading titles, and the team has seven times been on the pole on raceday (Anderson has four low qualifier awards at the venerable facility while Line has three). Anderson’s career best elapsed time was recorded there in 2012 (6.487), and Line currently holds the national record for speed at 214.35, set there last year.


    “We’ve had a lot of success in Reading, and we love racing there,” said Mooresville, N.C.-based Anderson. “You always get good atmospheric conditions at Maple Grove, and the Pro Stock cars are able to run very well. That seems to fall into the hands of KB Racing a little more than it does for other teams, and hopefully we can get those good conditions again this year. There are several very good cars out there right now, and this could come down to the very last race. It’s going to be a battle, and no one has any earthly idea at this point who will win it – but I sure want to help my guy as much as I can.”

  • Anderson to Face Nobile in St. Louis First Round

    Greg Anderson is ready to put qualifying behind him and bring his A-game to the table for the first round of eliminations at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis. The four-time Gateway finalist last earned a win at the facility nestled in the shadow of the famous St. Louis arch in 2004, and he is good and ready to return to the winner’s circle this weekend in his Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro.


    “I like this facility, and I really enjoy the fans here; they’re just great,” said the Mooresville, N.C.-based Anderson. “We didn’t give them the show we wanted to yet this weekend, but we’ve got tomorrow to make up some ground. Right now, everyone on the Summit Racing team is focused on preparing our Camaros for a better day. We’re digging in tonight, and we expect it to show tomorrow.”


    Anderson and Team Summit pushed as hard as they could during qualifying to edge up the ladder. His best time of 6.566 at 210.47 mph was recorded in the third round of qualifying in the cool morning air on Saturday and was sixth-best of the session. Ultimately, Anderson’s time was good for a start from the No. 11 position with 20 drivers vying for one of 16 raceday spots.


    In the first round, Anderson will race Vincent Nobile, a driver he most recently met in the first round in Charlotte just a couple of weeks ago. In their most recent meeting, Anderson got the nod with a stout 6.59 to his opponent’s traction troubled pass.


    “There is no question about it, we will have a challenge tomorrow,” said Anderson, who entered the event 9th in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock standings. “But the Summit Racing team is eager to rise to the challenge. There is no time like the present to show what we are capable of.”