Atlanta: Greg Anderson Saturday report

Anderson Stays the Course, Qualifies Seventh in Atlanta Three-time Pro Stock champion Greg Anderson completed a solid qualifying effort on Saturday at the Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals in Atlanta, GA, with his best effort of ...

Anderson Stays the Course, Qualifies Seventh in Atlanta

Three-time Pro Stock champion Greg Anderson completed a solid qualifying effort on Saturday at the Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals in Atlanta, GA, with his best effort of 6.667-seconds at 207.08 mph claiming the seventh starting spot for Sunday's final eliminations. Despite the high heat and humidity enveloping Atlanta Dragway over the last two days, Anderson' s Summit Racing Pontiac was the picture of consistency, with three of his four runs separated by just over a hundredth of a second.

This marks the tenth consecutive year the Mooresville, NC racer has earned a spot in the top half of the field at the Commerce quarter-mile, where he has earned three wins in six final round appearances. Although pleased with his car's ability to make repeatable runs, he also acknowledged further improvement would be necessary in order to contend for race wins.

"Our Summit Racing Pontiac made two runs today that I felt were pretty good, but the scoreboard didn't show it," said Anderson. "It's been very reliable, almost as if it was in a safe mode, and even though it kept going down the racetrack, it just wasn't as fast as it needs to be.

"I think part of the problem is that we keep getting bitten when we try to be aggressive with our team cars, which makes us reluctant to try anything on this car. I guess we're all just a little gun shy. But in order to win races, we need to get over that hump and have the guts to get after it because that's what it's going to take to run fast.

"The bottom line is that we're going to have to treat it like a different animal than the other two cars, because it is certainly acting that way. We haven't done a lot of testing with it lately, because we've been concentrating on making Jason and Ronnie's cars better, so we really can't expect it to be better than it was two or three races ago. Still we have to start working on it, seeing just how aggressive we can be. So far we've been pleasantly satisfied with how its responded, but we have to push it to the limit so we can find out how far we can go. If we do that, I believe we'll put ourselves in a position to win races starting with tomorrow's race here in Atlanta."

-source: kb racing

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