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Anderson at Houston with heavy heart Leads "Countdown to Eight" BAYTOWN, Texas (March 29, 2007) -- Greg Anderson heads to the NHRA 20th annual O'Reilly Spring Nationals in Houston having recently returned from the services for Eric Medlen in ...

Anderson at Houston with heavy heart Leads "Countdown to Eight"

BAYTOWN, Texas (March 29, 2007) -- Greg Anderson heads to the NHRA 20th annual O'Reilly Spring Nationals in Houston having recently returned from the services for Eric Medlen in Indianapolis. It was a sobering experience for the three-time NHRA POWERade Pro Stock champ.

"It was a very numbing deal," recounted Anderson. "I watched what the John Force Racing teams had to go through this week, and after all they've been through, I applaud John Force for calling a halt to things and giving his teams the weekend off as they seek answers, closure, and time to regroup.

"We all probably wish we could be home this weekend, but we won't. It may sound like a trite statement but we definitely will be racing with heavy hearts. We'll go to Houston because it's what we do and we'll hopefully give the fans a good show, but Eric, the Medlen family, and John Force and his extended racing family will never be far from our thoughts."

Houston Raceway Park (HRP) has not been kind in the past to Anderson, who started competing professionally in 1998. He has been blanked at HRP both in wins and poles every year with the exception of 2004. In 2004, he took the No. 1 spot in qualifying and then drove his KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment- backed Pontiac GTO to the winner's circle.

But 2007 has started out positively for the Minnesota-native, who now calls North Carolina home. Anderson has won two of the first three events (Pomona and Gainesville) on the 2007 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule and most recently set the national elapsed time record (6.536 seconds) and was the first Pro Stocker to exceed the 210-mph mark when he went covered the Gainesville Raceway quarter-mile at 211.20 mph during the third of four qualifying session. In fact, at Gainesville he top the 210 mph mark twice (210.18 and 210.97) and the 211 barrier four times (211.20, 211.43, 211.49, and 211.06), but he says you won't see numbers like that at Houston.

"We're not going to see at Houston the record runs we saw at Gainesville," said Anderson. "It's going to be too warm and sticky. They're predicting temperatures close to 80 and you know it's always humid. It still will be quick and you'll see runs in the 6.60s and speeds of 208, 209 out of our Summit Pontiac and from a number of the other cars, but you won't see what you saw at Gainesville. You have to have those mineshaft conditions for that and it doesn't look like we're going to have that at Houston this weekend."

After three of 17 events in the "Countdown to Eight" segment of the "Countdown to the Championship," Anderson leads all Pro Stock challengers. He has 311 points, 103 more than his teammate and reigning POWERade Pro Stock champion Jason Line, who is second in his Summit Racing Pontiac.

-credit: kbr

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Series NHRA
Drivers John Force , Greg Anderson , Jason Line , Eric Medlen