O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals
Line focuses on cutting point deficit
Beginning with this weekend’s 22nd annual NHRA O’Reilly Fall Nationals, at the Texas Motorplex, that job is to overcome a 31 point deficit between himself and fourth and be among the four drivers that advance to the final segment – the Countdown to One.
As Line, now from Mooresville, N.C, begins the third of four payoff races in the Countdown to Four segment of the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Countdown to the Championship, he is currently sixth among the eight drivers that are still in contention for this year’s championship.
“We have our work cut out for us over these next two races,” said Line as he looked toward the beginning of qualifying. “This Summit Pontiac is running the best it has all season. The formula is easy: qualify high and go rounds on Sunday. I feel we have enough performance left to be part of the four guys that will be moving on in Vegas.”
Entering the O’Reilly Fall Nationals, the Pro Stock point standings in the Countdown to 4 look like this: No. 1 – Dave Connolly (2,291), No. 2 – Greg Anderson (2,258), No. 3 – Jeg Coughlin (2,156), No. 4 – Allen Johnson (2,129), No. 5 – Kurt Johnson (2,127/-2 points behind No. 4), No. 6 – Jason Line (2,098/-31), No. 7 – Larry Morgan (2,085/-44), and Warren Johnson (2,071/-58).
The top four drivers in points at the end of the four-race playoff, of the eight pro Stock drivers listed above, will advance to the third and final segment (Countdown to 1) and the opportunity to be the 2007 NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Champion. Similar exciting scenarios are also being played out in the three other professional categories – Top Fuel Funny Car, and Pro Stock Motorcycles. Pro Stock Motorcycles actually have a three-race playoff, instead of four, that ends at
At the Texas Motorplex, the all-concrete quarter-mile in
When qualifying begins Friday, Line will begin his quest for his 14th career win. In 2007, he has one win (at
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