Hometown: Wright, MN
Birth Date: July 24, 1969
Children: Jack (1/24/06), Emma (4/29/08)
Notable: Worked as head dyno operator for Joe Gibbs Racing for five years on NASCAR circuit
Category: Pro Stock
2013 Car: Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro
Crew Chief: Rob Downing/Tim Freeman
Team Owner: Ken Black
Career Wins/Final Rounds: 32/67
Best Points Finish: 1st (2006, 2011)
First Start: Columbus 2003
First Victory: Chicago 1 2004
First No. 1 Qualifier: Chicago 1 2004
Career No. 1 Qualifiers: 35
Career-Best Eapsed Time: 6.477 seconds
Career-Best Top Speed: 214.35 mph
Mission Accomplished: Line Shatters A/Modified Production Record, Enters Prestigious 200-MPH Club at Bonnevile
Mooresville, N.C., August 14, 2012 – Jason Line and the Jesel Land Speed/Summit Racing Team had two specific goals heading into the 2012 Speed Week at the legendary Bonneville Salt Flats. The first was to break the current A/Modified Production record of 191 mph, while the second was to get Line into the prestigious 200-mph Club.
With an average speed of 235 mph recorded on his second official attempt on the five-mile course on Monday morning, the reigning NHRA Pro Stock champion was able to accomplish both objectives, with his two-run average of 225.246 mph shattering the previous mark while also allowing him to join the very select group of racers who have eclipsed the double-century mark on the famed salt.
“It’s not very often that you make a plan in racing and actually have it go accordingly, but we did this past weekend in Bonneville,” said Line. “It’s nice that it did, and made for a very cool experience.
“It was like nothing I had ever done before. I was able to meet a lot of neat people, and enjoyed the heck out of my time there. The truck drove like a Cadillac, perfectly smooth through the entire distance, never putting a foot wrong, making it a pleasure to run down the salt, which helped us accomplish our goals. “Of course, there are a lot of people I have to thank for making this all possible, starting with Wayne Jesel and his Jesel Land Speed Team, as well as everyone from Summit Racing Equipment. I owe them all a debt of gratitude for letting me do this.”
After completing his first licensing pass on Saturday, Line returned to the salt on Sunday for his second run, recording an average speed of 214 mph after being instructed by the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) officials not to exceed 215 on this final licensing attempt. As this eclipsed the previous class mark, under the rules of the event the truck was then impounded, setting the stage for Monday’s monster run. Although everything went mostly according to plan throughout the entire weekend, Line did experience a slight hiccup during his maiden pass.
“On my first licensing run I wasn’t supposed to go over 175 mph,” explained Line. “Unfortunately, the combination of our calculations being a bit off and my being a couple hundred rpms over what I was supposed to run resulted in my being 20 mph too fast, for which I justifiably got my hand slapped by the SCTA. After all, they just want everyone to be safe, which I certainly appreciate. My intent was certainly not to violate any rules, especially being my first time there, and I consider it a lesson learned.
“Looking back at the experience, my goals going into the weekend were to not do anything stupid, to have fun, to get in the 200-mph Club and help Wayne set a record with his truck, and we were able to accomplish all of them without any damage to the equipment and without any incidents other than my speeding ticket. On top of that, some of my KB Racing teammates came out to watch me run, so it just turned out to be a good time.
“I am pretty sure this will not be my last stint on the salt. Obviously with our schedule on the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, it’s pretty tough, so it may be a few years down the road, but I promise you I will be back. After all, it’s hot rodding at its purest form and I have nothing but good things to say about it.”
2013: Finished third in the Mello Yello Series points standings; Raced to victories at Houston and Dallas; Posted No. 1 qualifying positions at Charlotte 2 and Reading
2012: Raced to two victories at Phoenix and Charlotte 2; posted nine No. 1 qualifying positions and advanced to six final rounds; established career-best speed at Reading; joined prestigious 200-mph Club for breaking the A/Modified Production record at Bonneville Salt Flats;runner-up at the K&N Horsepower Challenge bonus event
2011: Won his second NHRA Full Throttle Series championship; Won a personal-best six races; Was the No. 1 qualifier for seven events, which tied a personal best; Was the points leader for 19 of the 22 events; Set the national e.t. record at Reading with a pass of 6.477 seconds; Finished in the top five for eighth consecutive season
2010: Won at least one race for the seventh straight season; Was as high as second in points after runner-up finish at Charlotte 1; Earned 17th career No. 1 qualifier at Charlotte 2; Qualified into top 5 of field at 13 of 23 events; Finished top 5 in points for seventh consecutive season
2009: Topped 50 round-wins in a single season for the first time in his career; Raced to a career-high five victories in nine finals; Notable regular season wins included Pomona 1 and Gainesville; Won sponsor’s event at Norwalk; Claimed playoff victory at Memphis
2008: Raced to victories in Las Vegas 1 and Seattle; Earned two No. 1 qualifying awards (St. Louis and Norwalk); Finished in the top five in points for fifth consecutive time
2007: Competed in the inaugural Countdown to 4; Finished in the POWERade Series top five for fourth consecutive season; Established national record for speed at 211.69 mph; Posted career bests for speed and time
2006: Earned his first career POWERade Series world championship title; Won four of nine final-round appearances; Ended teammate Greg Anderson’s streak of three consecutive world championship titles; Posted national record performances for time and speed
2005: Won four events in seven final rounds; Set career-best time and speed; Runner-up at the King Demon Crown bonus event for top Pro Stock drivers; Posted two No. 1 qualifiers
2004: Honored as Rookie of the Year; Claimed four victories in eight final round appearances; Recorded career-best numbers in time and speed; One of only two drivers to beat champion Greg Anderson in a final-round match-up
2003: Made NHRA debut at Columbus; suffered a spectacular crash in the first round of eliminations at Columbus; qualified No. 2 at Las Vegas 2
1997: Won Stock eliminator at Brainerd
1993: Won NHRA National Stock Championship; Won NHRA Division 5 Stock Championship
1992: Won Stock eliminator at Brainerd
1989-1993: Raced a 1970 Buick Grand Sport in E Stock Automatic