Greg Anderson and the Summit Racing team had multiple objectives entering the second and final day of qualifying for the NHRA SuperNationals in Englishtown, N.J. On one hand, they wanted to secure as high a starting position as possible for Sunday’s final eliminations, while they also looked to continue to familiarize themselves with their stunning new Camaro. Fortunately, they were able to accomplish both goals on Saturday, closing their qualifying effort with their quickest pass of 6.538-seconds and a top speed of 211.99 mph to earn the sixth starting spot and a first round encounter with veteran Ron Krisher.
Although acknowledging that work still remained to be done in order to extract the maximum performance from his new ride, Anderson was pleased with the progress his team had made with the race car during the two days at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.
“The bottom line is that there is a ton of potential with this new Summit Racing Camaro,” said Anderson. “We just haven’t gotten all the round pegs in the round holes yet, but we will. You always think it’s going to happen quicker than it does because we have so much confidence in this crew. They’re sharp guys, so you always think you’re going to get it done right away, and I still believe we’ll get this new car straightened out fairly quickly.
“I love everything about this car. Just the fact that it’s a Camaro and a muscle car makes perfect sense that we’re racing it in Pro Stock. There’s no downside to it, and when we get it to run at the top of the class and winning races, it’s going to be happy times.
“The last run we made today was absolutely our best one so far with this car, and I’m confident we wouldn’t have done any better with my Pontiac. We just have missed the set-up, and it took us a few runs to figure out what this track wanted. The good news is that we took a big step forward this afternoon, and should be able to take another one tomorrow.
“I think this Camaro is going to be very fast in the first round. I feel confident about our chances, so I’ll sleep well tonight, and I will be itching to get out here tomorrow so we can try to get Chevrolet their first win with this new car, and Ken (team owner Black) his 100th with the KB Racing team.”