- Tuesday 17 June, 2014
Jason Line proved during the Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in Tennessee that he is closer than ever to a return to the winner’s circle.
Line, the Number Four qualifier in Pro Stock with a 6.636 second, 208.55 mph pass down at Bristol Dragway’s quarter mile track, made one of the quickest and fastest passes of the opening round of eliminations to defeat V. Gaines, 6.673/207.53 to 6.709/206.99. In Round Two, Line launched ahead of Dave Connolly and surged ahead to record a 6.707/206.95 win over Connolly’s tire chattering pass.
Line's day of racing came to an end in the Semifinals when he launched just .012-seconds behind rookie competitor Jonathan Gray and couldn’t make up the small difference. The holeshot victory went to Gray, 6.730/206.23 against Line’s quicker and faster 6.726/206.39.
“We definitely had a better weekend for sure with our Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro,” said Line. “We weren’t great out there, but we were respectable and I’m really happy we made it to the semis. It’s a lot better than what we’ve done the last two races, and I definitely think we made forward progress. We’re already looking forward to next week, that’s for sure. It’s just another chance for us to get a Summit Racing Camaro to the winner’s circle.”
With his performance in Bristol, Line remains Number Four in the NHRA’s Mello Yello Series Pro Stock points standings.
Anderson Sees Red, Looks Ahead to Next Race
Greg Anderson did something he typically does not do on Sunday in Bristol—he lit the red light in the second round. The mishap is one that Anderson will have no trouble putting behind him, though, as he shifts focus to improving the performance of his Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro.
Starting from Number 11 on the ladder with a 6.678/207.53, Anderson’s Camaro powered off the starting line way ahead of opponent Rodger Brogdon to log a holeshot win in the first round, 6.712/206.13 to 6.702/206.67. Next on the roster was a Quarterfinals meeting with Erica Enders-Stevens. When Anderson left the starting line in their matchup, the light turned red instead of green in his lane due to a .005-second foul start.
“I’m still surprised by it,” admitted Anderson. “I don’t know what happened there. I swear I saw the light, I don’t know if I just got staged a little bit deeper than usual or what happened, but the clock says it was a red light, so that’s what it was.”
“We were disappointed with what happened on the racetrack because we really wanted more for the team and our Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, but there were also a lot of really great moments for us out here,” said Anderson. “We’re here to race and we’re here to win, but this weekend we had our team owner, Ken Black, here and being that it’s Father's Day and he is like a second father to all of us that was very cool. Our families were all here too, so it made for a very special weekend.”
Anderson remains in 13th place in the Pro Stock points, only five rounds out of the top 10.
Team Summit Results: Top Fuel Doug Kalitta qualified eighth (3.890/318.32). He defeated Leah Pritchett, Chris Karamesines, and Antron Brown before losing to Shawn Langdon in the final round. Kalitta remains Number One in the points standings. J.R. Todd qualified second (3.835/315.12). He lost against Terry McMillen in the opening round of eliminations. Todd is currently 10th in the points standings.
Team Summit Results: Funny Car Tim Wilkerson qualified second (4.013/317.72). He beat Bob Tasca III, Alexis DeJoria, and Tony Pedregon before losing to Tommy Johnson Jr. in the final. Wilkerson is currently 11th in the points standings. Del Worsham qualified Number One (3.992/319.45). He bested Jeff Arend in Round One before coming up short against Matt Hagan in round Two. Worsham is currently fourth in the points standings. Alexis DeJoria qualified 10th (4.121/305.29). She defeated John Force in the first round before losing to Tim Wilkerson in the second round. DeJoria is currently third in the points standings.
Team Summit Results: Pro Modified Kenny Lang did not qualify for this event.
FINAL ROUND RESULTS Top Fuel: Shawn Langdon defeated Doug Kalitta, 3.902/316.08 to 4.128/260.97. Funny Car: Tommy Johnson Jr. defeated Tim Wilkerson, 4.156/302.14 to 4.423/227.34. Pro Stock: Erica Enders-Stevens defeated Jonathan Gray, 6.698/207.15 to 13.480/64.40. Pro Modified: Pete Farber defeated Steve Matusek, 6.087/240.51 to 6.971/152.61.