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Greg Anderson's Pontiac Grand Am Earns No. 1 Qualifying Spot For 10th Consecutive Race BAYTOWN, Tex., April 17, 2004 - Even though Greg Anderson put his Pontiac Grand Am atop the Pro Stock qualifying ladder for the 10th consecutive NHRA race ...

Greg Anderson's Pontiac Grand Am Earns No. 1 Qualifying Spot For 10th Consecutive Race

BAYTOWN, Tex., April 17, 2004 - Even though Greg Anderson put his Pontiac Grand Am atop the Pro Stock qualifying ladder for the 10th consecutive NHRA race dating back to last September, don't think it ever gets old for the defending POWERade Pro Stock champion. He drove his Vegas General Construction Pontiac to a Pro Stock track record for both e.t. and speed, clocking a 6.693-second No. 1 qualifying run for tomorrow's O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park. Anderson also claimed the track's top speed in Pro Stock at 205.72 mph.

"I'm having a blast, an absolute blast," said Anderson. "I keep thinking that I'm going to wake up and it's all going to be over, but right now everybody on the team's at the top of their game. There are a lot of guys out there with power, but they show it sporadically. You've got to do it every run, every racetrack you go to, and that's what we've been able to do and what I'm most proud of. It's obviously not going to continue forever, but we're going to ride this wave for as long as we can." Anderson's 6.693-second pass in the Friday night qualifying session tied for the third-quickest run in Pro Stock history, matching that same e.t. he ran last year at Englishtown. In fact, the Charlotte (N.C.) resident set the Pro Stock mark at Englishtown last year at 6.670 seconds and now owns the top seven Pro Stock passes in NHRA history.

"We thought coming into Houston that if the temperature was in the 50s or 60s like it was in Englishtown last year, a national record was a real possibility," said Anderson. "But that was not our main concern. Four consistent runs on Sunday are what we're after and what we've been able to do here lately, and hopefully that continues."

Anderson's teammate, Jason Line, will start Sunday eliminations from the No. 2 qualifying position in his Pontiac Grand Am. Line impressively ran his best time of the weekend in the heat of Saturday's final qualifying session, clocking a top time of 6.723 seconds at 205.16 mph.

"I think the car is great," said Line. "Those two runs today were really good. We had kind have been struggling a little with it, and that was a big improvement. I think they hit on what we had been missing, plus the driver's getting a little bit better each time, so hopefully I'm not holding it back any more. I'm more confident going into tomorrow than I have been in the past, so I'm excited."

Warren Johnson was third-quick in Pro Stock, qualifying his Grand Am at 6.737 seconds and 204.51 mph. Jeg Coughlin was the highest-qualifying Chevrolet, driving his Cavalier to the fourth spot at 6.745 seconds and 204.73 mph, and Kurt Johnson rounded out the top five in his Chevy Cavalier with a run of 6.749 seconds at 204.57 mph.

In Funny Car, Gary Densham took the No. 1 qualifying spot in a Ford Mustang with a time of 4.846 seconds at 311.20 mph. Tim Wilkerson was right behind in the No. 2 spot in his Chevy Monte Carlo with a run of 4.874 seconds at 305.08 mph. Jeff Arend was third in a Corvette at 4.878 seconds and 299.53 mph. Phil Burkart Jr., Tommy Johnson Jr. and Del Worsham took the next three qualifying spots, respectively, all in Chevy Monte Carlos.

Brandon Bernstein took the top spot in Top Fuel with a run of 4.516 seconds at 320.58 mph. Larry Dixon qualified sixth at 4.557 seconds and 324.75 mph.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Larry Dixon , Kurt Johnson , Warren Johnson , Greg Anderson , Gary Densham , Tim Wilkerson , Phil Burkart , Brandon Bernstein , Jason Line , Jeff Arend , Tommy Johnson Jr.