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Race Dads: Anderson, Line Share Their Thoughts on Father’s Day

Some people celebrate Father’s Day at a ballgame, car show—or even just hanging out with Dad on his front porch.

Others have to go to work. And in the case of Team Summit’s Greg Anderson and Jason Line, they wouldn’t have it any other way.

Greg Anderson and son Cody.

Anderson and Line will compete in the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, TN this Father’s Day—which is also “take your kids to work day” for the duo. Since racing is a family affair for both Anderson and Line, the KB Racing teammates are excited to spend the holiday with their kids at the track.

“It’s a special weekend at the track, where every gearhead like me wants to be, and having our families out there with us just makes it that much better,” Anderson said. “I’m looking forward to racing in Bristol for the first time on Father’s Day.”

Line couldn’t agree more.

“I love having my kids at the track as often as we can,” he said. “Of course, now that he’s six, my son Jack understands the concept of winning and losing, so I have someone else to answer to if we don’t do well. But it’s all good. It’s special whenever they’re with me, so I’m really looking forward to having them in Bristol this weekend for Father’s Day.”

While Anderson and Line are looking forward to celebrating Father’s Day (and maybe a win) with their children, they also look back fondly on racing memories made with their own dads.

“I would not be in this sport without my father, and I thank him for it every day,” Anderson said. “I can remember going to the racetrack when I was 10 years old, carrying water buckets up to the staging lanes, and doing whatever I could to help him out. I fell in love with the sport back then, and obviously spent many a Father’s Day with him at the racetrack.”

Line recalled similar stories from his childhood.

Jason Line celebrates a win with his family (wife Cinday, daughter Emma, and son Jack) and team owners Ken and Judy Black

“Racing has been great to me, and I owe it all to my father,” Line said. “When I was a little kid we would beg him to take us to the racetrack where we had a lot of fun doing whatever we could to help. Today, I really enjoy when he comes out to watch us race, and if he’s not at the track, I’ll usually talk to him on the phone a couple times throughout the course of the weekend.”

According to Anderson, few things are more special than a successful day of work on Father’s Day.

“Since I’ve gone off and done this for a living, I’ve been very fortunate to have my dad on hand several times for Father’s Day weekend when I’ve been able to win races. It’s just a very special deal to have your father on hand to witness what you have made of the career he started for you. Now it’s time to pass the torch and have my son join me at the track, getting a taste of what it’s like to have your dad do something special on Father’s Day.”

What could be better?

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