Summit Racing driver Jason Line has accomplished almost everything a drag racer could at spectacular zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C., site of this weekend’s 4-Wide Nationals. He has been the No. 1 qualifier three times and advanced to the final round on two occasions (including at the inaugural four-wide race two years ago). He has set a track record at the KB Racing team’s home track with his 6.510-second pass in qualifying for the fall race here last September. However, the one entry missing from his zMAX resume is that of a national event win, something he looks to correct this weekend.
“I’ve come close to winning at zMAX Dragway in the past, but have yet to leave with the trophy,” stated Line. “I was the runner-up at the inaugural 4-Wide Nationals, and came up three-thousandths red in the final of last September’s race. Although that first win has so far eluded me, the way this Summit Racing team sees it, there’s no time like the present to get that taken care of.
“We couldn’t ask for a finer place to be our home track. It is one of the nicest facilities on the entire circuit for both the racers and the fans, with Marcus Smith and his staff doing a tremendous job of running it. Besides, it’s a short drive from our shop in Mooresville, we get to sleep in our own beds, and my family gets to come out and watch me race, which only makes it better.
“The racing surface can be a little tricky, particularly at the starting line, and since we will only have one shot at each lane in qualifying due to the four-wide format you want to make sure to make a good run in each session to get tuning data because you don’t know what lane you’ll be racing in on Sunday. It’s a challenging race for sure, but an extremely satisfying one if you win.”
A key factor in Line’s pursuit of his first win at the zMAX Dragway and second of the 2012 season will undoubtedly be his Summit Racing Pontiac, which has helped him to consistently be among the top performers in the highly competitive Pro Stock category. The two-time champion has been particularly effective in qualifying, where his two pole positions pace the “factory hot rods”, and he has already garnered more than one full round of competition’s worth of bonus points, helping him to stay second in the championship standings behind teammate Greg Anderson.
“I would say my current Summit Racing Pontiac is the best car I have ever had in my Pro Stock career,” stated Line. “As I have said before, even when we don’t make a particularly great run, it is still fast. That not only gives you a tremendous amount of confidence as a driver, but also a little extra pressure as you want to take full advantage of it.
“Of course, at this race, you have to take the four-wide format into account, as it is completely different from what we are used to. However, having had the experience of racing in this event the last two years, it should be a little easier this time around, especially after making our four runs in qualifying.
“All things considered, I believe we should have a pretty good weekend. I think our team has a pretty good handle on the race track, and there is little doubt we’ll once again have a great car. As long as we all do our jobs the way we should, my zMAX Dragway resume should be complete by Sunday night.”
Jason Line & the Summit Racing Pontiac crew
By the Numbers – zMAX Dragway edition:
2 - Final round appearances made by Line at zMAX Dragway heading into this weekend, most recently at last year’s fall race.
3 – No. 1 qualifying performances by Jason at zMAX Dragway, which have come in the last three races held there.
6 – Tracks on the 2012 Full Throttle Drag Racing Series schedule where Line has yet to win (out of a total of 20), including zMAX Dragway.
6.510 – Current zMAX Dragway Pro Stock track elapsed time record, set by Line in September 2011.
7 – Elimination round wins scored by Line in his previous six zMAX starts versus 6 losses for a .538 round win percentage.
Friday, April 13: Two qualifying sessions at 1:30 & 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 14: Two qualifying sessions at 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 15: Final eliminations starting with Top Fuel at 12:00 noon
Television Coverage (all coverage on ESPN2):
Qualifying: Saturday, April 14 – 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Eliminations: Sunday, April 15 – 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
(All times Eastern)