Atlanta: Greg Ancerson final report

Anderson's Atlanta Run Ends in the Blink of an Eye After qualifying seventh, Pro Stock standout Greg Anderson entered Sunday's final eliminations of the Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals in Atlanta, GA looking to score his fourth win...

Anderson's Atlanta Run Ends in the Blink of an Eye

After qualifying seventh, Pro Stock standout Greg Anderson entered Sunday's final eliminations of the Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals in Atlanta, GA looking to score his fourth win at the Commerce quarter-mile. Things went according to plan in the first round, when the Summit Racing Pontiac pilot improved upon his qualifying effort, stepping up to a 6.662-second time with a top speed of 206.67 mph to defeat veteran Steve Spiess.

Anderson's next opponent would be sophomore driver Rickie Jones, who had eliminated championship points leader Mike Edwards in the opening stanza. Once again, Anderson made a solid run, tripping the finish-line timers in 6.669-seconds with a top speed of 206.39 mph. Unfortunately, it fell two-thousandths of a second shy of overcoming his opponent's starting-line advantage and 6.690-second, 205.47 mph pass, putting a premature end to the KB Racing driver's day.

"We had a good shot at putting our Summit Racing Pontiac in the winner's circle today," said a disappointed Anderson afterwards. "Just as I staged against Rickie, it felt like something flew into the corner of my eye, causing me to blink and miss the light. Although we made a fairly decent run, I just ran out of racetrack.

"It's a tough pill to swallow when you have all the Summit executives here. After all, you always want to do well in front of your sponsor, and I felt like I let them down today. The good news leaving Atlanta is that our race car is coming around, and that we have another race next week in Topeka. We have a couple of days to work on things, and we're more determined than ever to get back on the winning track."

-source: kb racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Greg Anderson , Rickie Jones , Mike Edwards , Steve Spiess