Three-time NHRA Pro Stock champion Jason Line, who ironically enough turns 50 this year — the same year the factory hot rod category celebrates its 50th anniversary — has announced that the 2020 season will be his last behind the wheel of the Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro. Line, teammate to Greg Anderson under the Ken Black Racing banner, will retire at the conclusion of the 2020 campaign — one he has dubbed “the Finish Line Tour.”
Line will channel his competitive spirit into building and tuning Pro Stock and sportsman racing engines at the Ken Black Racing facility in Mooresville, North Carolina.
“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.”
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 comes from a family entrenched in drag racing — his parents, his siblings, and their offspring all compete or are involved in the sport. Long before he became a Pro Stock champion, Line won the 1993 NHRA Stock Eliminator divisional and national championships driving his family’s 1970 Buick Gran Sport — a car he still competes with in Stock Eliminator to this day. Following his sportsman triumphs, Line caught the attention of Black and Anderson, and in 2003 joined KB Racing to drive a second team car.
“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.”
Line has earned 52 career national event wins, including 49 in Pro Stock. He appeared in 103 career final rounds and won championships in 2006, 2011, and 2016.