Line’s vacation plans include return trip to Sonoma winner’s circle
MOORESVILLE, NC – With only four days between races and virtually all of the Summit Racing team’s equipment on their two transporters headed west, reigning NHRA Full Throttle champion Jason Line joined millions of Americans in hitting the highway this week, taking a short vacation with his family. Driving from Denver, the Lines’ itinerary included a visit with team owners Ken and Judy Black in Las Vegas before ending in the Napa Valley for this weekend’s NHRA Sonoma Nationals.
As Line describes, the road trip is a welcome opportunity to take a few moments away from the constant pressures of competition while also enjoying some quality time with those most important to him.
“With as busy as our schedule is throughout the course of the season, we don’t get to spend as much time with our families as we’d like, so we take advantage of any opportunity we can,” said Line. “That’s why for the last few years our family has driven parts of the Western Swing. It not only gives us a chance to spend time together, but we also get to visit some areas of the country that we haven’t seen before. It’s always a lot of fun, and something we all look forward to every year.
“Driving so many hours also gives me plenty of time to think about things away from the race track, helping me arrive in Sonoma with a clear mind and ready to race my Summit Racing Camaro. I’m getting tired of seeing other people win races, and would certainly like to do something about that this weekend. This road trip could be just the ticket.”
Line can also derive some peace of mind from his record in Sonoma. In only eight starts he has already amassed two wins in four final round appearances, becoming one of only six Pro Stock drivers with multiple wins in the California wine country, a total he would like to add to this weekend as teams make their final push for the championship playoffs, which start in just five races.
“There are a lot of reasons why we enjoy our race weekends in Sonoma,” said Line. “First of all, it has been a great track for the Summit Racing team with conditions that suit our tune-up and both Greg and I scoring multiple wins there. On top of that, it’s another one of Bruton Smith’s great tracks located in a really nice area, so we naturally look forward to going there. This year we’ll also have Ken and Judy joining us, which always makes the weekend better for the entire team.
“Of course, based on our past successes there, we will have some high expectations going in to the weekend. This is an important time of year for us as we get ready to defend our championship. We have only a few races before the start of the playoffs, and even though we were locked in last week, we want to get as high a seeding as possible as well as making sure everything in our program is where it needs to be. A win this weekend would go a long way towards helping both those areas, and besides, it’s about time we got our second Wally of the season.”