Becoming quite a mainstay for the Pro Stock pole position, Jason Line put his Summit Racing Pontiac on the top of the ladder for the fourth consecutive race with his number one qualifier during the 26th annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas.
Jason Line is number one qualifier at 26th annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex
With the feat, Line not only maintains his lead, but slightly extends it, over his teammate Greg Anderson in the 2012 K&N Horsepower Challenge chase.
The K&N Challenge not only provides a $3,000 low qualifier bonus at each event on the NHRA Full Throttle Tour for the Pro Stock driver who grabs the pole, but also a shot for the top seven point earners along with a fan voted eighth to run for a whopping $50,000 championship each year in June.
Jason Line's Pro Stock Summit Racing Pontiac GXP
In 2011 alone, Line has racked up a nice chunk of change with K&N low qualifier awards, bringing his total to $18,000 by adding the bonus for Dallas. "What K&N provides for the Pro Stock class is absolutely awesome," said Line. "Not only with the bonuses and the one-of-a-kind shootout that no other professional category gets to run for, but all of the R&D that they put into their products for all types of classes and racing."
For the Dallas event, things started off very well for Line as he went right to the top of the pack resetting both the track ET and MPH records with his 6.565 at 211.20 during session number one. Even with the fairly hot weather conditions, Line still managed to improve on his earlier efforts for the second session Friday evening. With nearly ninety degrees and fairly low humidity, Line made the quickest run of the session and raised the bar with his 6.553 at 210.60.
During session three on Saturday afternoon, it was K&N's Mike Edwards who would make the quickest run of the session, but his 6.561 would still fall short of the number one spot. Line would remain atop of the ladder going into the final session, just a few hours later, where teams would be faced with the harshest weather and track conditions thus far of the event. The nearly 3,300 feet of adjusted altitude combined with the 124 degree track temp gave some teams some troubles, while others managed to hit the setup, although not finding the quicker numbers of earlier sessions.
It would be Greg Anderson with the quickest of the final session, followed by Mike Edwards and Line. All three posting numbers nowhere near their earlier efforts and for the fourth event in a row, Jason Line would go into Sunday's eliminations in the number one spot.
"We started off good obviously with Greg and I being one and two after the first and second session," he reflected of the weekend. "Then the air changed a little bit and I don't know, we didn't keep up with it for whatever reason and we didn't run as good in the later sessions. Fortunately, for us we still ended up good because Edwards was running really good on Saturday, but we were able to keep our number one."
"There were some pretty big weather swings over the weekend," he continued. "When you are constantly looking for thousandths of a second, it's hard to stay on top of it all the time."
With all the different tracks and weather conditions that the Pro Stock teams are dealt over the course of a season, Line noted that he was fairly pleased with their 6.553 run in session number two. "We felt like we could run that fast there, based on the conditions. That was even a little bit faster than we could go. They were some of the best corrected runs [based on conditions] we have ever made. The race track itself was in fantastic shape, it was great."
"I've been second qualifier before for the Dallas event, but I've never been number one," he confessed.
Line went on to win the event and without a moment to celebrate too long or even digest the weekend, all focus for the team turned immediately to their next event, Maple Grove in Reading, Pennsylvania just a few days and a lot of states away.
"We started thinking about plans for the next race that night after the win," he said from the team's shop as they prepared feverishly for the next event. "We all started looking at the forecast for Maple Grove and we feel that it's going to be really fast there. At least the potential to be very fast there since it's going to be very cold and a good chance of setting a record. We came really close in Charlotte to setting a record and certainly feel the potential will be there in maple Grove."
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