LAS VEGAS - Although this weekend's SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is one of 24 national events on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule, it certainly isn't just another race for Pro Stock driver Jason Line.

Line, a two-time NHRA Pro Stock world champion, hails from Minnesota and lives in North Carolina but he considers The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to be his home track - complete with all the pressures that come with racing "at home."

Line drives one of the Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaros fielded by KB Racing, which is owned by longtime Las Vegas businessman and former racer Ken Black. Add to that the fact that SummitRacing.com is the title sponsor of the event and you begin to see why this isn't just another race for Line and teammate Jimmy Alund.

"I've said it before and we say it every year we go to Las Vegas: it's a big deal because it's the home of Ken and Judy Black, as well as Kenny Jr., and they are KB Racing," Line said. "They started this whole deal and without them, we are nothing.

"Throw in that it's a race that Summit Racing Equipment sponsors and it adds more importance and more pressure yet for us. This is a very big race for the Summit Racing team. People talk about how big Indy is, well, to me, this is my Indy."

The Summit Racing drivers have made the most of their home-field advantage in the past. Line won the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals in 2008 and teammate Greg Anderson, who is recovering from surgery and is expected to miss the first six races of the season, has won seven times in Las Vegas, including this event in 2003, 2004 and 2007. Alund is filling in for Anderson until he returns to competition.

The Summit Racing drivers have been shut out in Las Vegas the past three years, however, and Line said he is looking to reverse that trend this weekend.

"We haven't had a lot of success here lately and the last few years this particular track has not been kind to us," Line said. "But we're looking to turn that around this weekend, for sure."

Line enters the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals ranked fourth in Pro Stock points. He opened the season with a victory at Pomona but has been knocked out in the second round in each of his past two races.

"So far, this year has been up and down for us," Line said. "It's been interesting, for sure, and we are definitely hopeful that we are going to Las Vegas on an upswing. Performance-wise, we aren't where we need to be. But we are working on it."

The 15th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals begin Friday with pro qualifying sessions at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. The final two qualifying sessions will be at 1:10 and 4:50 p.m. Saturday, with Pro Stock runs for the K&N Horsepower Challenge at 1, 3:45 and 4:45 p.m. Saturday. Final eliminations are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Sunday.

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Schedule for the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals

Friday, March 28

7:30 a.m. - Spectator gates open.

8 a.m. - Sportsman qualifying.

10:30 a.m. - Comp Eliminator qualifying.

Noon - Top Alcohol qualifying.

1:30 p.m. - Pro Stock qualifying.

2 p.m. - Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car qualifying.

4:30 p.m. - Pro Stock qualifying.

5 p.m. - Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car qualifying.

6:30 p.m. - Jet dragsters

Saturday, March 29

7:30 a.m. - Spectator gates open.

8 a.m. - Sportsman eliminations.

10 a.m. - Comp Eliminator qualifying.

10:30 a.m. - Top Alcohol qualifying.

Noon - Comp Eliminator

1:10 p.m. - Pro Stock qualifying.

1:30 p.m. - Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car qualifying.

2:45 a.m. - Top Alcohol eliminations.

3:50 p.m. - Pro Stock qualifying.

4:15 p.m. - Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car qualifying.

5:30 p.m. - Jet dragsters

Sunday, March 30

7:30 a.m. - Spectator gates open.

8 a.m. - Sportsman eliminations.

10 a.m. - Pre-race ceremonies.

11 a.m. - Final eliminations begin.