Growing in popularity
Jason Line's expectations for the remainder of the season
by John Grones | August 16, 2005
Jason Line was home this past weekend. He was participating in the Pro Stock division of the Lucas Oil National Hot Rod Association Nationals in Brainerd, Minnesota.
Jason, a native of Wright, Minnesota was named Rookie of the Year and placed 2nd in the overall standings in 2004. This year, Jason has not been nearly as consistent, but he is still having a solid year and his popularity is growing
“Sometimes it’s almost embarassing,” said Jason about all his new fans. “I don’t really consider myself a celebrity by any means.”
Jason said that most who know him would support the fact that he normally doesn’t seek a whole lot of attention. Jason did note that that the attention has been flattering and it is nice to see family and friends having fun with all the exposure. “I’m think my dad is kind of proud,” he said with a little smile. “It seems like it anyway.”
Overall, this wasn’t the best weekend for Jason, but it was a step in the right direction. Jason qualified 7th and defeated Richie Stevens in the first round. Jason had the misfortune of meeting up with his boss and teammate Greg Anderson in the second round. Greg advanced and Jason was just glad to get past the first round, a feat he had failed at the past three races.
“I’ve been in a slump,” said Jason. “I’m trying to get out of it.”
Prior to the past four weeks, Jason had been red hot. He had three wins and two runner-up finishes. For a short time in June, he was the overall points leader.
His best stretch came in June when he won back-to-back races at Joliet, Illinois (June 9-12) and Englishtown, New Jersey (June 16-19). “The first race I ever won was in Chicago (Joliet),” Jason reminded me. “Now make it two years in a row. The same thing in Englishtown.”
Jason’s other victory came in Gainsville, Florida and it is now the highlight of his career. “It’s the second most attended race in the nation,” he said. “The race has a lot of tradition and the fans on the east coast love drag racing.”
Next up for Jason is Memphis, Tennessee (August 19-21) and after that it’s off to Indianapolis (August 31-September 5). Indianapolis is where Jason expects to debut his new car. He will trade in the old Pontiac Grand Am for a Pontiac GTO.
A few weeks back, Jason’s teammate Greg Anderson switched to a GTO and the results have been positive. So positive in fact, that Greg has vaulted himself into first place in the points race. Greg now has 1,147 points, followed by Warren Johnson with 1,097 and Kurt Johnson with 1,053. Jason is a solid fourth with 1,032.
The points race is up for grabs this season, but Jason is very confident about his team. “All-in-all, we’re headed in the right direction and we’re ready to win another championship.”
On a more personal note, Lawrence and Maxine are proud to announce that they will be grandparents again! Jason and his wife Cindy are expecting their first child sometime in February.
This article first appeared in the August 16, 2005 issue of the Voyageur Press.