By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock driver Jason Line was able to claim his first Wally of the 2020 season. He won the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in Brownsburg, Indiana.
Line has now won a race in his 17th consecutive season. The North Carolina native announced before the season that this will be his final campaign as a full-time competitor.
He defeated Jeg Coughlin Jr. in the final round. This is the first win of the season for KB Racing, as Elite Motorsports won the first two Pro Stock events of the season.
“I wish I could see my dad’s face right now because he’s big into streaks and it was important to him that I win at least one race every year that I’m in Pro Stock and we got it done,” said Line. “I want to thank Greg [Anderson]. He worked his tail off this whole time we’ve been off.”
Line had a better reaction time, as he was 0.017 off of the starting line. He went 6.647 at 207.21 mph to get the Wally.
Coughlin Jr. — who also announced that he will be retiring from full-time competition following this season — trailed from the beginning of the race with a 0.022 reaction time. He went 6.658 at 206.76 mph in the losing effort.
This was the 184th time that the No. 1 qualifier and the No. 2 qualifiers faced off in the final round, according to DragRaceCentral. The No. 1 driver won 111 times.
This is also Line’s 11th win after being the No. 1 qualifier.
Prior to this special Indy event, Line had a 34-24 race record against Coughlin Jr. However, the Delaware, Ohio native held a 6-2 advantage over Line in prior final rounds.
Line won by 0.0168 seconds, or approx. 5 feet. This is Line’s 51st career Pro Stock win.