Reigning NHRA Full Throttle Pro Stock Champion Jason Line heads into this weekend’s 12th annual Big O Tires NHRA Nationals believing a win on the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and another in the season’s last race could lead to a title for the Summit Racing driver.
“Obviously we do have to win some serious rounds; basically we have to win both these last two races,” Line said. “But it’s going to take a monumental effort and it’s going to take probably some misfortune on (points leader) Allen Johnson’s part.
“With the countdown format, the playoff-style format, it’s all about peaking at the right time. We still haven’t quite hit our peak yet, but I don’t think it’s too late. We’re definitely getting faster each week, and right now we’ve got a pretty bad, fast Summit Racing Camaro. It’s definitely not over yet. We’re definitely going to give Allen a tough time the next couple of races.”
During the last race, Line rode into the third round from his pole-qualifying position with one of the fastest cars on the property before a stuck line-lock ended his pursuit of Johnson, who currently holds an 82-point lead over second-place Line.
“I’d rather trade places with Allen, but at the same time, it’s a nice challenge, and it’ll be fun to see if we can make something happen,” he added.
Anderson Hopes To Assist Teammate in Las Vegas
Greg Anderson, Line’s teammate on the Summit Racing-sponsored KB Racing team, heads into the weekend with two goals in mind: win the race and help Line gain ground in his pursuit of a Pro Stock championship.
“We always want to put the Summit Chevrolet Camaro in the winner’s circle,” Anderson said. “This is especially true when we come to Las Vegas, which is home for (team owners) Ken and Judy Black. You don’t need much more incentive than running in the boss’s neighborhood.
“Since we are out of contention for the title (Anderson is fifth in the standings) we’re going to try and help Jason make a move on Allen Johnson for this year’s championship. We tried to qualify in the middle of the pack at the last race in Reading, with hopes of meeting AJ in an early round, but that didn’t work out. AJ did stumble, though, and Jason made up some ground. We just want to continue this trend here for a shot at the title at the last race in Pomona (California).”