6/27/2013 - News
Line Looks to Repeat at Site of First Pro Stock Win
Route 66 Raceway is a special place for Summit Racing driver Jason Line. Each time he returns to the grand, stadium-style facility, he has the opportunity to recall the memory of his first Pro Stock victory back in 2004. This weekend at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals, Line hopes to relive that moment with a celebration in the winner's circle.
“I guess I always have that in the back of my mind when I go back each year," said Line, who is in the hunt for his 31st national event win and a third NHRA Pro Stock world championship. "Route 66 Raceway has always been good to me—it's just one of those racetracks that you look forward to visiting."
Line has scored three victories in five final round appearances at Route 66 Raceway. In fact, the facility seems to encourage stellar performances from the Summit Racing team; Line's KB Racing teammate Greg Anderson currently holds the track elapsed time record (6.586 seconds) set in 2011.
"It can be fast there, even though traditionally it's probably not the greatest air in the world for the Pro Stock cars," said Line. "But it's a very nice, smooth track. That's a good thing, and part of what makes it so much fun to race there."
Line, who claimed a victory in Houston earlier this season, is eager to return to the winner's circle as the series reaches the halfway point on the schedule. The Route 66 NHRA Nationals is the 12th of 24 races on the Mello Yello tour.
"We have a lot of work to do before the Countdown to the Championship, but we're optimistic about the progress of our Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro," said Line, currently fourth in the Pro Stock points standings. "It would sure be nice to see the fruits of our efforts this weekend."
Jason Line By the Numbers, Route 66 NHRA Nationals
1—Number One qualifiers (2004)
3—Event wins at Joliet
5—Final round appearances
8—Times Line has qualified in the top half of the field in 12 starts
23—Elimination round wins in 12 starts
Event Schedule (all times Central):
Friday, June 28: qualifying at 4:30 pm and 7:15 pm
Saturday, June 29: qualifying at 4:15 pm and 7:15 pm
Sunday, June 30: Eliminations begin at 11 am
Television Coverage on ESPN2 (all times Eastern)
Saturday, June 29: qualifying coverage at 6:30-8 pm and 11 pm-midnight
Sunday, June 30: eliminations coverage from 9 pm-midnight