Line Takes Pro Stock Honors
32nd NHRA Victory
Larry Jewett - February 12, 2014 02:18 PM
GM performers were strong in the season-opening NHRA event as the 54th annual Circle K Winternationals took place at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California.
Leading the way was Pro Stock contender Jason Line who outran V. Gaines in the Pro Stock final. Line powered his Summit Racing Chevy Camaro to a performance of 6.526 at 212.06 to hold off Gaines (6.533 at 212.56). The winner defeated Matt Hartford, Dave Connolly and Shane Gray in preliminaries to advance to the final round. It is Line’s 32nd career victory and his third at the Winternationals.
“My day was great,” Line said. “It’s a huge deal to start the season off with a win. It’s a big deal. The last few years we’ve struggled and wasn’t what we had hoped for. We worked really hard over the winter and I think we improved. This sport is just crazy hard right now. It’s tough to separate yourself out here it’s so competitive.”
Line said he will give his Wally trophy from the weekend to his longtime teammate Greg Anderson, who is at home recovering from surgery and will miss the first three months of the season.
“I'm forever indebted to him,” Line said. “He gave me an opportunity that nobody else would.”
Seam Bellemeur used his Camaro to claim a runner-up finish in the Top Alcohol Funny Car class. Mike DePalma’s Chevy S-10 clipped off a 8.062 second run to rule the Competition Eliminator. In a battle of Camaros, Paul Cannan blasted past Michael Iacono to lay claim to the Stock Eliminator title. Dave Bridgewater lost his finals round matchup in the Super Stock with his 20912 Camaro. An all-Corvette final in Super Gas put Val Torres and his ’63 in the winner’s circle ahead of the 1957 Vette of Thomas Bayer.
The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series continues Feb. 21-23 with the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix.