Three-time NHRA Pro Stock champion Jason Line will retire from Pro Stock driving after the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.
With NHRA celebrating 50 years of Pro Stock this year, and Line turning 50 and having 50 Pro Stock wins to his name, he felt that the numbers added up just right for retiring from behind the wheel of the Summit Racing Pro Stock Camaro. He has dubbed this final season of driving for Ken Black Racing the Finish Line Tour.
Line will channel his fierce drive to win into building and tuning Pro Stock and Sportsman-class race engines at the Ken Black Racing shop in Mooresville, N.C.
"It's been a good run, and I've really enjoyed driving a Pro Stock car for Ken Black and Summit Racing,” Line said. “I'm not leaving Pro Stock—I'm just going to be working for wins for KB Racing from a different kind of seat."
"We are very grateful to Jason for all of his contributions as a Summit Racing Pro Stock driver," said Jim Greenleaf, Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports and Events Manager. "He is a great driver and we'll miss cheering for him as one of the faces of Team Summit. We're excited to see what he's capable of doing in the engine shop and on the dyno to move KB Racing forward.”
Drag racing and high performance have always been a part of Line’s life. His entire family races, including his parents, Lawrence and Maxine, his siblings, and their offspring. Line won the 1993 NHRA Stock Eliminator divisional and national championships behind the wheel of a 1970 Buick Gran Sport. He drives the very same car to this day in Stock Eliminator whenever he gets a chance.
Line joined KB Racing in 2003 to drive a second Pro Stock car alongside Greg Anderson, and made his driving debut at National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio.
"I'm very grateful to Greg Anderson and Ken and Judy Black for giving me the opportunity to drive for so long for the best team in drag racing,” Line said. “Driving a Pro Stock car was for sure a dream of mine as a kid, and winning a Pro Stock championship was something you always hope you'll achieve but never really imagine will happen.
“I love this class, and it has been a privilege and an honor to be part of it for so long and be able to do so well," Line continued. "It's the toughest class there is, and I will continue to help KB Racing and Team Summit win as many Wallys as possible."
Jason Line Career Highlights
1993: Won Stock Eliminator national championship
2003: Made NHRA Pro Stock debut
2004: First NHRA Pro Stock win, Named Pro Stock Rookie of the Year
2006: Won first NHRA Pro Stock championship; set national ET record (6.558 seconds) and speed (209.75 MPH)
2011: Won second NHRA Pro Stock championship
2012: Set national record for speed (213.91 MPH)
2015: Set national ET record (6.455 seconds), which still stands heading into 2020
2016: Won third NHRA Pro Stock championship
2018: 50th career win in drag racing
2019: 50th Pro Stock career win
Career National Event Wins: 52 (50 Pro Stock, 2 Stock Eliminator)
Career National Event Final Rounds: 104 (102 Pro Stock, 2 Stock Eliminator)
Career Number One Qualifiers: 55