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Line makes it a Chicago season sweep with win
Chicago, Sunday: Pontiac GTO driver Jason Line posted his fourth Pro Stock win of the season at today's Ameriquest Mortgage NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway, but his final round opponent made the most news as Erica Enders advanced to her first career Pro Stock finals in her Slammers Ultimate Milk Chevy Cobalt. It was the furthest a female driver had advanced in eliminations in the NHRA Pro Stock class, but Enders and her team had to rush to the starting line after making an engine change before the finals and Enders had a red-light foul. Line, NHRA's 2004 Rookie of the Year, had his quickest elapsed time of the day in the finals with a 6.719 e.t. at 205.88 mph.
"She's tough and she's only going to get better," said Line about Enders. "That team's getting better. We would've waited on them no matter what. I don't want to win on a single, and the rest of the team, absolutely nobody would go for that at all. We like to race fair and square.
"Since Englishtown we've been in a slump and struggling. I guess Reading kind of finally snapped us out of it a little bit. The car started running better, and the driver, well he still needed a little work. At least this weekend we didn't beat ourselves. That's half the battle for us."
Line entered today's eliminations with his Summit Racing Pontiac GTO qualified in the No. 2 spot with an elapsed time of 6.663 seconds at a track-record speed of 208.17 mph., and he improved his elapsed times in each round today. He defeated Greg Stanfield in Round 1 with a 6.756 e.t., defeated Kurt Johnson in Round 2 with a 6.746 e.t., and bested Dave Connolly in the semifinals with a 6.742 e.t. before facing Enders in the finals. Line made it a clean sweep of Route 66 Raceway in 2005 after his win here earlier in June.
"I love this place. We need to race here every weekend. I wish I knew the answer and I'd put it in a bottle and bring it to Dallas with us, but I don't know why. I like coming here, I'm comfortable here. I just like coming here. The track's good and the surface is really nice. It's just a good place to race."
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