Minnesota native Line earns provisional pole on Friday at NHRA Brainerd

paN1O3V3REue1UBuSbG41wBRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 16, 2019) – Jason Line and the silver Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro looked right at home at Brainerd International Raceway (BIR) on Friday at the NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals. Line, a two-time No. 1 qualifier in Brainerd, had the quickest Pro Stock car in the field in both of the first two sessions, and he’ll look to preserve his possession of the pole on the second day of qualifying at the racetrack where he grew up.

“It’s fun racing here, a lot of chaos, but it’s fun,” said Line, whose extended family is participating in Sportsman racing – mostly in Stock Eliminator – at the event. “I love coming back here and seeing all the folks I grew up with. This is where I made my first-ever lap down a racetrack. I won my first race here, my first national event here, my first points meet here. A lot of firsts for me here. My dad ran his car here at the very first race they ever had here in 1968. He still has the car, a J/S ’67 Impala.”

Although Line has done a lot at BIR, he has yet to win Pro Stock inside the walls of the venerable facility. Technically, the 48-time Pro Stock victor has a Brainerd win, but the final round was rain-delayed, and he scored the trophy in Indianapolis two weeks later. That was 2014, and so far, he’s looking at his best shot since then to claim victory at home.

Line clocked a 6.613-second pass at 207.46 mph in the first session for the top spot, then in the second round of qualifying blasted to an even better 6.606, 207.27.

“Everybody is so close, so you want to qualify near the top,” said Line. “I haven’t done a good job of that in a while, so it feels good. My Summit Racing Chevy went a little faster, but I’m struggling. I need to go back to shift school; I left a few thousandths out there – but it was a nice run.

“I don’t know if it will hold, but I like where I’m at. I don’t want to trade with anybody.”

Qualifying continues on Saturday at Brainerd International Raceway with sessions scheduled at 1:30 and 4:30 pm CT. Sunday eliminations are scheduled to begin at 11am.

Jason Line
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Results:
Q1: 6.613-second at 207.46 mph (No. 1, +3 bonus points)
Q2: 6.606, 207.27 (No. 1, +3)

Greg Anderson
KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Results:
Q1: 6.653-second at 206.54 mph (No. 9)
Q2: 6.643, 206.01 (No. 8)

Bo Butner
KB Racing, Jim Butner Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
Results:
Q1: 6.643-second at 207.53 mph (No. 7)
Q2: 6.633, 206.64 (No. 6)

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after NHRA Northwest Nationals, race 10 of 18)

1. Bo Butner (4), 815*
2. Greg Anderson (2), 769*
3. Alex Laughlin, 742*
4. Matt Hartford (1), 679*
5. Jason Line, 644
6. Deric Kramer (1), 632
7. Jeg Coughlin (1), 609
8. Erica Enders, 593
9. Chris McGaha (1), 529
10. Kenny Delco, 331
11. Fernando Cuadra, 327

*Clinched berth in NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship

Race Info
38th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals
Brainerd International Raceway
Brainerd, Minnesota
August 15-18, 2019

Run Schedule (all times local)
Saturday, August 17
9:30 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations continue
1:30 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 3
4:30 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 4

Sunday, August 18
10:00 a.m. – Pre-race ceremonies
11:00 a.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro eliminations begin,
eliminations for all categories continue

#NHRAonFOX Schedule (all times ET)
Qualifying / Saturday – 11 PM-12 AM ET / FS1
Finals / Sunday – 2-5 PM ET / FS1

#BrainerdNats

**Results at DragRaceCentral.com**

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