MADISON, Ill. (October 3, 2020) – Jason Line has one terribly unsightly blemish on his Pro Stock record, one stumble that he just hasn’t been able to let go. In 2010, the now three-time Pro Stock champion missed the field at the NHRA Midwest Nationals. On Saturday at World Wide Technology Raceway, St. Louis tried to make amends by handing Line the 58th No. 1 qualifier award of his career without his even having to make a run.
Qualifying for the 9th annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA Midwest Nationals was delayed until late into the evening due to persistent wet weather, and in the end, it was decided that the dropping temperature of the racetrack was just not a safe surface for the Pro Stock cars, which have very little downforce.
The field was set by points, and as Jason Line claimed the top spot in the standings following his performance in Gainesville last weekend, he scored the St. Louis pole.
“Yeah, well that’s not how you want to do it – but I’ll take it,” said Line, who will race Mason McGaha (yes, again) in round one on Sunday. Just one week ago, Line defeated rookie of the year candidate McGaha in the Gatornationals opening act.
“It was a long day without much to write home about, but tomorrow we’ll be ready to take the silver Summit Racing Chevy Camaro all the way,” Line continued. “That’s the kind of long day you want to have.”
Summit Racing teammate Greg Anderson, No. 6 in the standings and on the opposite side of the ladder, will be the No. 6 seed and race Kenny Delco in round one.
“We’ll go into the race tomorrow confident that what we brought is good enough to win the race,” said Anderson. “We’re not scared. It was the right decision not to run the Pro Stock cars tonight, it’s just too cold and it was too high risk. It was the smart thing to do.”
The last time the field was set based on points was in 2000.
“We’re certainly not shocked at any developments this year – it’s been one heck of a year for everybody,” said Anderson. “Don’t get me wrong, we’re racers, we want to get as many runs in as we can any chance we have, but this was the right decision. Tomorrow should be interesting.”
2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after NHRA Gatornationals)
1. Jason Line, 515
2. Erica Enders, 513
3. Jeg Coughlin Jr., 481
4. Alex Laughlin, 359
5. Matt Hartford, 329
6. Greg Anderson, 323
7. Chris McGaha, 301
8. Aaron Stanfield, 284
9. Bo Butner, 281
10. Deric Kramer, 280
9th annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA Midwest Nationals presented by Pennzoil
World Wide Technology Raceway, Madison, Ill. (St. Louis)
October 2-4, 2020
Run Schedule (all times CT)
Sunday, October 4
11am – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series eliminations begin,
eliminations for all other categories continue
#NHRAonFOX Schedule (all times ET)
Qualifying / Sunday – 1:30-2:30 PM ET / FS1
Eliminations / Sunday – 2:30-5:30 PM ET / FS1
**Full results at DragRaceCentral.com**