Line clinches championship, finishes runner up
Las Vegas, Sunday: After clinching the 2006 NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Championship in the semifinal round, Jason Line drove his KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment-backed Pontiac GTO to a runner up finish at the NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals
The Minnesota-born, North Carolina-transplant Line defeated three former NHRA POWERade Pro Stock champions – Warren Johnson, Jeg Coughlin, and Greg Anderson – en route to the final round.
In the semifinals, Line was paired against Anderson’s KB Racing LLC / Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock Pontiac GTO. At the start they both left with near identical reaction times but at the finish line it was Line turning on the win light.
Line crossed in 6.751 seconds followed by Anderson in 6.773 seconds. The win locked up the NHRA POWERade Championship for Line.
In the final round Line left late against Richie Stevens, Jr. and ran out of track before he could catch Stevens. Stevens crossed the finish first in 6.789 seconds, followed by Line who ran a 6.735-second pass.
“I had the worst year driving and lost again tonight because I wasn’t as focused as I needed to be,” said Line. “I plan to work on this and by the new season you’ll see a new Jason Line behind the wheel. It sure was anticlimactic after winning the championship but winning the championship was cool.”
Line ran low elapsed time (6.705 seconds) and top speed (204.94) of the event. Both were track records.
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