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Anderson Drives to Track-Record E.T., Speed at Atlanta Dragway to Take Provisional Pole Three-Time Champ Eclipses Record of Teammate Line in His Summit Racing Pontiac COMMERCE, Ga., April 27, 2007 - Cool evening temperatures lead to ...

Anderson Drives to Track-Record E.T., Speed at Atlanta Dragway to Take Provisional Pole

Three-Time Champ Eclipses Record of Teammate Line in His Summit Racing Pontiac

COMMERCE, Ga., April 27, 2007 - Cool evening temperatures lead to twelve Pro Stock drivers bettering the Atlanta Dragway track record after two of four qualifying rounds for this weekend's 27th annual Summit Racing NHRA Southern Nationals, but the leader of the pack was three-time NHRA POWERade champ Greg Anderson in his Summit Racing Pontiac GTO. Anderson had a track-record elapsed time of 6.627 seconds at a track-record speed of 208.30 mph to take the provisional Pro Stock pole. Ironically, Anderson eclipsed the old records of 6.690 seconds at 206.23 mph held by his teammate Jason Line.

"Beating the track record by that much is a year's worth of work right there," Anderson said. "We're very proud of that, but obviously all these cars are flying this weekend. We had great track conditions tonight, the track cooled down, and man, when it does that it's exciting. You better get it right because those sessions don't come around too often. Those Friday night sessions, you look forward to them and you can't get it wrong. Luckily we didn't get it wrong, made the most of it and we're on the pole.

"We had a good, solid first session and that's what allowed us to obviously make the right changes for tonight. It's very important to make that good first round and get that data, but you've got to make the right moves and it looks like we did. That's (crew chief) Rob Downing and his guys."

Jeg Coughlin was the highest qualified Chevy in the No. 3 spot as he drove his Slammers Ultimate Milk/Jegs.com Chevy Cobalt to an elapsed time of 6.653 seconds at 206.80 mph. Defending series Pro Stock champ Line qualified his Pontiac in the No. 4 position after Friday's two qualifying sessions.

In Funny Car, Jeff Arend made an impressive run in his CSK Chevy Impala SS with a career-best elapsed time of 4.712 seconds at a career-best speed of 327.66 mph to take the No. 3 spot on the Funny Car grid.

"My crew chiefs, Chris (Cunningham) and Marc (Denner,) told me they thought it would run well, but they never mentioned 4.712," Arend said. "That was just a fantastic run, right there with the best in the class. This is our first day with the new Impala body, but after seeing how (teammate) Del (Worsham) ran with it in Las Vegas, we didn't have much doubt that it would be great. It has certainly lived up to its advance billing. It just shot right down there, stayed stuck, and was great.

"I knew it was a good run. I figured if we went all the way down there, it would have to be a good run because the conditions were just fantastic. But, you know, you watch all these great teams go out there and run 4.74, 4.75, or in that neighborhood, and you just hope your full lap is in the neighborhood with them. To outrun all but two of the teams here, well that's just a sign of how good we can be. Things are coming around for the Checker, Schuck's, Kragen team, and we're all pretty excited about it."

Qualifying for Sunday's eliminations continues tomorrow with third- and fourth-round sessions at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Eastern, respectively.

-credit: gm racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Greg Anderson , Jason Line , Jeff Arend