NHRA celebrates 50 years of Pro Stock in 2020. Turning 50 and having 50 Pro Stock wins to his name, Jason Line feels the numbers add up just right for retiring from behind the wheel of the Summit Racing Pro Stock Camaro. The three-time NHRA Pro Stock champion has dubbed this final season of driving for Ken Black Racing The Finish Line Tour.
Line will channel his fierce drive to win into building and tuning Pro Stock and Sportsman-class race engines at the Ken Black Racing shop in Mooresville, North Carolina.
“It’s been a good run, and I’ve really enjoyed driving a Pro Stock car for Ken Black and Summit Racing,” Line said. “I’m not leaving Pro Stock—I’m just going to be working for wins for KB Racing from a different kind of seat.”
“We are very grateful to Jason for all of his contributions as a Summit Racing Pro Stock driver,” said Summit Racing President and CEO Scott Peterson. “He is a great driver and we’ll miss cheering for him as one of the faces of Team Summit.”
GAINESVILLE, FL – The top racers in NHRA’s Southeast division will be on hand at Gainesville Raceway, October 11-13 for the 2019 NHRA Summit Racing Series Southeast Division Finals. Racers in five categories from across the region will compete for individual and team honors and a share of the cash and contingency purse. Racing classes include Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Super Pro Motorcycle and High School.
Individual champions from the Summit Racing Series will advance to the Summit National Championship at the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif., in November. They will compete against the winners from NHRA’s other six divisions for national championships and a winner-take-all $5,000 payday. All racers who run in Pomona will receive an additional $3,000.
In addition to the Summit Division Finals, the event will also host the Summit Race of Champions for all classes as well as the NHRA Summit Jr. Drag Racing League Southeast Division Finals.
PRO STOCK VETERAN GREG ANDERSON KNOWS BACK UP AGAINST THE WALL APPROACHING NTK NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS
CONCORD, NC – Greg Anderson is no stranger to performing well in pressure situations. But the four-time Pro Stock world champion knows he needs something great at this weekend’s NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals at state-of-the-art zMAX Dragway to stay in contention for another NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world title.
Anderson will be the first to admit the start to his Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship has not gone as planned in his Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro, as the veteran has just one round win through the first two playoff races. It’s dropped him to seventh in points, 107 behind teammate and points leader Jason Line, but good news for Anderson is he usually rises up when the pressure is on, and he’s always felt good racing in Charlotte, the home track for KB Racing.
“This race is probably the cutoff point for me and we’ve got to make it happen this weekend,” Anderson said. “We definitely got off to a bad start to open the Countdown and we got ourselves in a hole. We’ve got to make some hay and there’s a lot of pressure this weekend, but it seems like we sometimes need that extra drive or motivation to push us. Hopefully that wakes me up this weekend because we certainly can’t wait any longer.”
Serving as hosts for the racing event, Pine Valley Raceway Team No. 1 won by a 61-45 margin over runner-up Penwell Knights Dragway. Xtreme Raceway Park No. 1 finished third with 36 points. Little River Dragway, Evadale Raceway and 2018 champion Amarillo Dragway also participated.
Leading up to the main event, racers participated in Gambler’s races and “best of” awards.
Top — Hunter Patton (Penwell Knights) got off to a quick start with a .003 reaction time and powered down the track in 4.571 seconds against a 4.54 dial-in to best Dale Scates (Pine Valley) who finished in 4.727 seconds on a 4.69 dial-in with a .022 reaction time.
TOPEKA, KS – NHRA’s top drag racers from tracks across the West Central division will be at Heartland Motorsports Park to square off in head-to-head competition at the NHRA Summit Racing Series West Central Division Finals, September 14-16. Top points earning drivers in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Bike/Sled and High School will be on hand to compete for team and individual honors.
Friday’s action will feature the Race of Champions where top point earners from each track will face off in a best of the best battle in the five respective classes. Event eliminations kick off on Saturday with nearly 500 racers competing for top honors and a chance to compete for the Summit Racing Series National Championship at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in November. They’ll run against the winners from NHRA’s other six divisions for a total purse of more than $100,000.
Heartland Motorsports Park is located at 7530 SW Topeka Boulevard, Topeka KS. For more information, please go to heartlandpark.com or call 785-861-7899
INDIANAPOLIS – Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis will be hosting the 44th Annual NHRA Summit Racing Series North Central Division Finals, September 13-15. The event will feature teams of the series’ best racers representing NHRA member tracks from across the region. Top points earning drivers in five classes will be on hand to compete for team and individual honors. Nearly 700 drivers are expected to compete in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Super Pro Bike, and High School categories. Racers in the High School class will run for trophies while the others will compete for cash awards of more than $60,000.
Friday’s action will also feature the Sunoco Race of Champions, where the best of the best in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman and Super Pro Bike will compete for top honors. Sunday’s winners will move on to compete for a national championship at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Calif., in November. They will run against the winners from NHRA’s other six divisions for more than $100,000 in prize money.
Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis is located on Indiana Highway 136, four miles west of I-465, exit 16. For more information call the track, (317) 291-4090 or visit www.LucasOilRaceway.com.