Line unhurt in testing crash
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Two-time NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock world champ Jason Line, who this season is in the fight for a third championship, emerged uninjured from a crash Thursday during a private test session in North Carolina.
According to reports from the track, Line had already shut off at half-track on his first pass of the day when his Summit Camaro made a hard right turn from the left lane, across the centerline, and impacted the right guardwall and rolled several times. A mechanical failure is suspected. Damage to the car was reported to be heavy.
"At this time, we're not 100 percent sure what caused it," said Line's KB Racing teammate Greg Anderson. "It was the first pass down the track, and [the car] got very loose out in the middle, so Jason lifted at about the eighth-mile mark and was basically just coasting to the finish line when it turned sideways, went straight into the right-hand wall, and barrel-rolled. There was a lot of damage to the car, but we will regroup. The main thing is that Jason is OK.
"We do have another car, and Jason will go forward and try to win this championship. The crazy thing is, in the recent history of our team, it seems like trauma only makes us rise up and do our absolute best. Everything happens for a reason, and this certainly makes our challenge tougher – but don't count us out. It will just be a better story to tell when we come back and win that championship."
Line is in third place in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series standings, 50 points behind leader Jeg Coughlin Jr. and five behind second-place Mike Edwards with two NHRA Mello Yello national events remaining.