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.”