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NHRA Pro Stock Champion Jason Line Returns to Sportsman Racing Roots

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Reigning and 10-time FIA European Pro Stock champion Jimmy Alund, visiting from Sweden, raced his A/S 1970 Chevrolet Nova at GALOT Motorsports Park. Alund was ousted in the first round by GALOT's Media Coordinator and avid sportsman racer Charles Myers. Line beat Myers in the second round to even the score for his good friend and former KB Racing teammate.

Line was joined at GALOT by Dan Blabolil from the KB Racing shop in Mooresville, NC. Blabolil is early in his Sportsman racing career and drives the eye-catching green C/SA 1970 Buick GS with Stage Fright graphics on the door.

Jason Line has been the #1 qualifier at each of the first four Pro Stock events on the 2017 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour. He extended his streak by earning the pole and the Hughes Performance #1 Qualifier Award at the Southeast Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at GALOT Motorsports Park, April 8-9.

Line has not raced Stock Eliminator since last season's Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. He had no trouble picking up where he left off, however, as he raced to the final round of the fourth of seven Division 2 races of 2017.

The reigning and three-time NHRA Pro Stock world champ began his career in drag racing in the Stock Eliminator category. Line was the 1993 Stock national champion.

The next Stock Eliminator event on Line's radar will be the esteemed Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis.


Photos: ©NHRA/Rhonda Hogue McCole

MOORESVILLE, NC – The demanding schedule of NHRA’s Mello Yello Drag Racing Series doesn’t allow for much time off, so with a rare two-week break between events, reigning and three-time Pro Stock world champion Jason Line was determined to make every minute count.

This past weekend, 1993 Stock Eliminator national champion Line returned to his roots and brought his family along for the ride as he raced his C/SA 1970 Buick Gran Sport in Stock Eliminator at the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at GALOT Motorsports Park. Line had his trusty Buick — the same car he has raced since he was a teen in Wright, MN — tuned up to score the #1 qualifying position, and the 46-time Pro Stock victor took the power all the way to the final round at the Southeast Division’s fourth race of the season.

“I really like working on my own car, and I had done some work to my Buick and just wanted to see how fast it would go,” said Line, who is normally found behind the wheel or tuning his Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro Pro Stocker in Ken Black’s KB Racing camp. “Our friend Jimmy Alund was here from Sweden, and this was a great opportunity to race with him again and go have some fun with my family — especially my son Jack, who is very interested in racing. This let him see a different side of racing than what he’s used to, and he was able to work on the car, help me, and be part of it. We all had a great time, and it was a lot of fun.”

Although it had not been raced since last season’s NHRA Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, IN, the well-prepared Buick GS 455 Stage 1 engine exceeded Line’s expectations and produced a blistering 6.317-second pass on the 1/8-mile racetrack to secure the Hughes Performance #1 Qualifier Award and a bye run in the opening round of eliminations.

In round two, Line came up against Charles Myers, a devoted Sportsman racer who is also the Media Coordinator for Benson, NC’s GALOT Motorsports Park. Myers took a tiny advantage at the tree, but Line ran right on target with a 6.345 on a 6.34 dial to his opponent’s 7.693 (7.70) breakout pass.

Myers advanced to his second-round meeting with Line after socking away a victory over Sweden’s Alund, who earned his 10th FIA European Pro Stock championship in 2016 flying the Summit Racing Equipment banner on his Chevy Camaro. Alund has also won on the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour; in 2014 he brought home the Pro Stock title at the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals driving a KB Racing-powered Camaro.

“It was neat to be able to run both Jimmy Alund and Jason Line,” Myers said. “That kind of thing doesn’t happen every day. My parents were joking about how unlucky I had to be to have to run two champions in the first and second round, but I feel almost like I hit the lottery. To have a winning record against one and a losing record against the other — it’s an honor. These guys are the reason the sport is growing and why people enjoy Pro Stock. They’re just like us, and that stands out in people’s minds.”

Line next survived a heads-up match with Wallace Dent, then scored the semifinals bye run when Jeff Longhany broke out by .008-second.

In the final, Line’s 6.34 dial was well-matched as Jeff Adkinson rolled to the starting line with 6.38 on the window of his A/SA 1969 Camaro. Adkinson’s .042-second reaction time with a 6.415 at 102.21 mph translated to victory over Line’s .078 and 6.352, 104.44.

“What a great weekend. We loved the facility, and everyone there was super nice,” said Line, who was joined at GALOT by wife Cindy, daughter Emma, and son Jack. “The best part of the weekend was being there with my family. My boy was so excited that he told his mom he would have to miss his Friday night dodgeball game because we had to get the Stocker ready to go. I love cars, and this is something Jack and I can do together. He’s been surrounded by it forever, but this is a chance for him to really start at the beginning and see how it works. As a father, to be able to work on an old muscle car with my son, it’s really special.

“Before the final, Jack looked at me and said, ‘Dad, this is the most fun I’ve ever had. We should do this every weekend.’ This was so fun, my kids were so excited, and it was one of my favorite days ever going to the racetrack.”

About the Car

Line’s 1970 Buick Gran Sport 455 Stage 1 engine is fitted with a Quadrajet carburetor and has stock Buick heads and manifold, per NHRA Stock Eliminator rules. It utilizes a Scott McClay TH200 Metric transmission, Meziere starter, ATI balancer, MSD ignition, Cometic gaskets, Strange Engineering axles, DENSO spark plugs, and Maxima racing oil. It features Classic Instruments gauges, and rides on Goodyear tires. Future additions to Line’s prized Buick GS will include Race Star wheels and Comp Cam products. Line’s next scheduled NHRA Stock Eliminator race will be the 2017 Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Dragway at Indianapolis.

One Comment

  1. Herb Scheuerlein says:

    and Alf Weibe from Chilliwack British Columbia did the rear end to make it launch right. Saw it run in Seattle a few years ago and almost ended up on the rear bumper. Talk about torque

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