Las Vegas, Nev. (Oct. 30, 2011) - Jason Line clinched his second NHRA Full Throttle Pro Stock world championship as racing came to an end Sunday at the Big O Tires NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Del Worsham and Tony Bartone also raced to wins in their respective categories at the penultimate race of the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing season.
Line entered the 2011 NHRA Countdown to the Championship second in the Pro Stock point standings. He then raced to three consecutive final round appearances, including wins in Dallas and Reading, in the first three races of the Countdown. In total, Line raced to six wins in eight final round appearances for the season and posted seven No. 1 qualifiers in his Red Line Oil equipped Pro Stocker.
"Timing is everything in our sport," said Line "and we got hot at the right time. The second championship definitely means more to me because as I’ve gotten older I’ve learned to appreciate it and realized how hard these things really are to get."
"It’s more important to clinch here than Pomona since we have all of Ken Black’s family here and without them, none of this would be possible." said Line. "We owe everything to them. Wish we could have given them an all Summit final, but at least we did this here."
In Top Fuel, Worsham raced to his seventh win of the season when he powered his Al-Anabi Racing dragster to a 3.823-second run at 318.77 mph past Spencer Massey. The win moved Worsham into the second spot in the point standings, two points behind leader Massey heading into the final race of the season.
"Today was for Al-Anabi, Sheikh Khalid (Al-Thani, team owner), and our team," said Worsham. "When my win light came on down there, I was proud."
In the Top Alcohol Funny Car ranks, Rick Jackson Racing crew chief Steve Boggs and driver Tony Bartone captured the win and completed the 'Vegas Sweep' of winning events at both the Spring National Event as the Fall Event contested at LVMS.
Coming off an amazing weekend at the recently completed NHRA Heritage Series California Hot Rod Reunion where the Boggs and Bartone tandem recorded the quickest and fastest runs in Nostalgia Top Fuel Dragster history with the Bartone Brothers N/TF rail, the tuner / driver pair, who have captured a stunning 35 NHRA National Events during their partnership, brought team owner Rick Jackson's Centre Pointe Collision Center sponsored, Red Line Oil equipped Ford Mustang TAFC to compete against some of the nation's best teams and drivers in Vegas.
Off the trailer, the Centre Pointe TAFC recorded a stunning 5.560 elapsed time, which stood as a track record for TAFC at "The Strip" and was good enough to collect the teams third National Event Pole Position, followed by a 5.55 ET (another track record) for the first round win. Bartone then defeated Steve Gasparellli (5.58 ET) in the second round, Fred Tigges (5.60 ET) in the semifinals and Shane Westerfield in the money round with a 5.547 to collect the sixth NHRA National Event Wally in the 2011 season.
"I can say this weekend, Steve Boggs gave me probably the best car I've ever driven", stated Tony Bartone. "Every pass we went straight down Broadway, I never had to lift, or peddle the car. We ran some great numbers, reset the track record three times and get to move on to the final race of our season with an opportunity to capture our 7th NHRA National Event Wally. We are having fun right now and we look forward to Pomona to see what this car is capable of." The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series will head to Southern California for the final stop of the 2011 season, the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals, Nov. 10-13 at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.