- Published on Friday, 04 July 2014 17:09
From Summit Racing PR
Jason Line raced with pride Friday at Summit Motorsports Park and the first day of the eighth annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. For Line, racing at his sponsor's title event at their namesake track is always a pleasure, and to do so surrounded by a swelling crowd and some of the best weather the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour has seen this season further complemented an already enjoyable event. After the positive start, provisional No. 8 qualifier Line is eagerly anticipating the second day of the race.
"I couldn't think of anywhere better to spend 4th of July with my family than at Summit Motorsports Park," said Line. "We were surrounded by friends, and boy, there are so many fans out here tonight. So many people come out to this race every year, and it just seems like the crowds get bigger and bigger. It really feels like a celebration, and the Bader family does a great job putting this together. No one does it better. It was a lot of fun to get to take the Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro down the racetrack."
Weather was sublime in Norwalk, with pleasant temperatures and air conditions that created a scenario where the track records were broken again and again. Line first clocked a 6.599 at 210.60 mph in the opening session and marched straight down the left lane, where many of the Pro Stockers had tremendous trouble making a smooth A to B run.
The Summit Racing team wasn't finished, though, and they came back in the later second session as the evening turned cool and crisp to clock a 6.564 at 211.13 mph. The track record entering the event was a 6.58. A remarkable 11 drivers eclipsed the previous track record when it was all said and done, including Line and Summit Racing teammate Greg Anderson.
After the grand fireworks show at Summit Motorsports Park came to a conclusion and Line returned to work preparing his Summit Racing Camaro for Saturday and even more improvement, he reflected on the day.
"Today was a good day on the racetrack, and we feel like tomorrow we will be even better," said Line. "We'll have more night qualifying – another pair of late runs with what should be similar conditions – and there is certainly the possibility that we can get quicker. That's what we're hoping for, and it's hard not to feel confident when we have so much support. The Summit Racing team looks forward to another great day."
Event Schedule (All Times Eastern):
Saturday, July 5: Two qualifying sessions at 4:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Sunday, July 6: Final eliminations start with Top Fuel at 11:00 a.m.
Television Coverage (All coverage on ESPN2, all times Eastern):
Qualifying Saturday, July 5th- 11 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Eliminations Sunday, July 6th- 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.
(All times Eastern)