Jason Line kicked off his Finish Line Tour with a final round finish at the 60th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, California.
In Round One of eliminations, Line got the holeshot win over Alex Laughlin. Line’s .025 second reaction time and 6.569 second/209.39 MPH pass shut down Laughlin’s .037 RT and 6.561/210.14 run.
In Round Two, Line took the win with a 6.574/208.65 pass over Fernando Cuadra Jr., who was a little too quick at the tree and fouled out (-0.041).
Line was victorious against Erica Enders in the semifinals with a 6.582/6.621 pass to Enders’ 6.621/209.95.
In the 103rd Final Round of Line’s Pro Stock career, he faced Jeg Coughlin Jr. Line had the better reaction time of .018 to Coughlin’s .027, but his 6.565/209.56 pass wasn’t enough to defeat Coughlin’s 6.522/210.80.
“We had a good day, just not exactly what we wanted,” Line said. “We get another chance in Phoenix in two weeks, so I’m looking forward to that.”
“It’s been really humbling this weekend. I’ve had a lot of people say nice things, and some even say they’ll miss me—not something I hear a lot. I don’t want to get caught up in sentimentality because I still have a job to do for team owner, Ken Black, and Summit Racing. I’m focused on what we have to do to get better before Phoenix, and we will be better.”
Greg Anderson went up against Chris McGaha in Round One of eliminations, with McGaha taking the win 6.590/209.52 to Anderson’s troubled 7.233/148.18 pass.
“The car was great, and we have the horsepower,” said Anderson. “The track was tricky today, it was cold, and that makes it tough. That’s no excuse, but you always hope for more. We’re looking forward to Phoenix in two weeks.”
Tim Wilkerson, driver of the Levi, Ray and Shoup Ford Shelby Mustang Nitro Funny Car, faced J. R. Todd in Round One of eliminations. Both drivers left the starting line simultaneously, but Wilk got the win on his 3.879/326.79 pass to Todd’s tire-smoking 5.983/116.29.
In Round Two of eliminations, Wilkerson was up against Matt Hagan. Wilkerson experienced tire shake and Hagan took the win, 4.042/284.03 to Wilk’s 6.083/113.18.
“The weather just got away from me,” Wilkerson said. “I haven’t rattled the tires in 12 runs. But our car is cooperating, so I’m happy and looking forward to the next race.”
Final Round Results
Top Fuel—Doug Kalitta (3.698/330.23) defeated Austin Prock (10.939/80.31)Funny Car—Jack Beckman (3.837/333.33) defeated John Force (3.897/332.34)
Pro Stock—Jeg Coughlin Jr. (6.522/210.80) defeated Jason Line (6.565/209.56)
Pro Stock Low ET—Jeg Coughlin Jr., 6.522 seconds
Pro Stock Top Speed—Erica Enders, 211.23 MPH
The next event on the 2020 season NHRA’s Mello Yello Drag Racing Series is the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona, February 21-23.
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