By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Drivers always want to win the race at their home track. It means so much more to than their other wins in their career.
The Houston, Texas native went 6.604 at 207.59 mph.
“As we get older you realize these moments are few and far between and less chance of them happening,” Line said. “Right now, it feels special and its going to feel even more special later on. I’m super-excited, at least as excited, as I get anyway. My dad is a big numbers guy, and he likes streaks. He makes a big deal out of the fact that I’ve won a race every year I’ve been in Pro Stock. So, he puts a lot of pressure on me to make sure that continues, so to do it here, in front of him, is very cool. I’m sure he’s proud and it’s just a great day.
“We had a great car. My car and hers [Enders] were head and shoulders above the others, which means it’s a hundredth or two hundredths quicker, which doesn’t leave much margin for error. My goal is to not leave first against her. My goal is to be close because she is quicker than I am. I have my moments, but she is as good as anyone ever as far as getting her left [clutch] foot out. My goal is to get close to her and to maybe outrun her and we managed to do that today. Certainly, there is respect there.”
For the first-time this season, the No. 1 and No. 2 qualifiers in Pro Stock met each other in the final round. However, it has happened nine times at Brainerd.
In addition, this is the 182nd overall time that the No. 1 and No. 2 qualifiers in Pro Stock have faced each other in the final round. The No. 1 qualifier has won 110 times.
Prior to this final round meeting, Enders held a 21-20 advantage. She also had a 4-1 advantage over Line in previous final round meetings.
Enders had the advantage off of the starting line. However, by the time the two cars went past the Christmas tree, Line was leading. He would be able to hold on for the win.
Line won by 0.0054 seconds, or approx. 20 inches. This is his 49th career win in Pro Stock – and his first win on the 2019 season.
He has now won at least one race for 16 straight seasons. This is considered his second Brainerd Wally; however, his 2014 Pro Stock win came in Indy due to rain postponing the event from Minnesota.
Line previously won two Stock Wally at this facility during the national event.
“It was a good weekend, and today was very cool,” Line said. “You want to win in front of your friends and family; as fun as it is for me, it’s probably just as much fun for them. For me to see them and see how happy they are, that makes it super special.”