By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Line was defeated by Cristian Cuadra in the 20th annual NHRA Dodge Finals presented by Pennzoil on Sunday. The Texas-based driver won with a 6.691 at 204.98 mph pass.
The North Carolina-based driver went 6.653 at 205.51 mph in the losing effort. Cuadra won by 0.0428 seconds, or approx. 13 feet at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada.
With the win by Cuadra, Line was also eliminated from Championship contention. The loss gave Erica Enders her fourth Pro Stock Championship since the 2014 season.
“It’s been a good run, and I’ve really enjoyed driving a Pro Stock car for Ken Black and Summit Racing,” Line said when he announced his retirement in January. “I’m not leaving Pro Stock – I’m just going to be working for wins for KB Racing from a different kind of seat.”
Line is just one of five Pro Stock drivers to have 50 or more wins in the category. Unfortunately, two of the men, including Jeg Coughlin Jr. have retired at the end of the season.
The Ohio-based driver departs the sport with 65 career wins in the category. Line retires with 51 wins.
Line’s final win of his career came at the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals in July at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in Brownsburg, Indiana.
“The Professor” Warren Johnson leads the pack with 97 career wins. Line’s KB Racing teammate Greg Anderson has 94 career wins. The late Bob Glidden is third with 85 career wins.
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