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Line Battles to the Very End for the 2014 Pro Stock Championship
Jason Line and the Summit Racing team really, really wanted to win the 2014 NHRA Pro Stock championship. They showed that resolve all the way to the final round of the last race of the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, the Auto Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in Pomona, California.
Countless hours of effort at the engine shop and on the race track resulted in a season that saw Line win four out of nine final rounds and hold the Countdown to the Championship points lead almost to the very end. Ultimately, the intense battle for the championship came down to the very last round of the season in truly stunning fashion.
Line began the Finals by qualifying Number One with a 6.517 second, 212.19 MPH pass. This earned him valuable bonus points and kept the distance between him and the big trophy to just a single round. On the opposite side of the ladder was Erica Enders-Stevens, Line’s rival for the championship.
Line took the win in Round One of elimination as opponent Jeff Isbell had a -.010 second foul start. In Round Two, Line cut an exceptional .008 second reaction time to Dave Connolly’s .022 RT. It was enough of an advantage for Line to take the win, 6.519/212.46 to Connolly’s 6.518/212.43.
In the semifinals, Line had lane choice over Jeg Coughlin. Coughlin jumped the gun and left the starting line .023 of a second too soon. Line never looked back, powering ahead with a 6.511/212.93 run.
That set up a final round match between Line and Erica Enders-Stevens for all the marbles. The championship came down to a battle of negative reaction times. Line illuminated the red light with a -.011 second start. Enders-Stevens also fouled, but by a lesser margin (-.002 of a second), giving her the win and the 2014 Pro Stock championship.
“I was calm,” said Line. “I just went up there and said, I have to be .00 (near perfect) when I leave the starting line. If you go out there and go .80 on the tree, you might as well go home—you aren’t going to beat anyone like that. Unfortunately, it didn't turn out as we had planned.”
“Of course we’re disappointed,” Line continued. “But what a way to end the day—racing for the championship in the last round of the last race of the year. I’m proud to be part of that, for sure. We extend our congratulations to Erica and the whole Elite team—they had a great car all year long. Of course, I would have liked to win, but it’ll just make us work harder over the winter. That’s what keeps you going. It’s part of competition.”