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Greg Anderson earns third No. 1 of 2007 at Atlanta Dragway COMMERCE, Ga. (April 28, 2007) -- Greg Anderson drove his KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac GTO to the top spot at the 27th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA ...

Greg Anderson earns third No. 1 of 2007 at Atlanta Dragway

COMMERCE, Ga. (April 28, 2007) -- Greg Anderson drove his KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac GTO to the top spot at the 27th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals.

For Anderson, it was his third No. 1 of the season, his 54th of his career and the three-time NHRA POWERade Pro Stock champion now has qualified at the last 99 consecutive races.

After qualifying No. 2 in Friday's first qualifying session, Anderson claimed the No. 1 position when he covered the Atlanta Dragway quarter-mile in 6.627 seconds at 208.30 mph using the cool Friday night temperatures during the second session.

"We had a good, solid first session and that's what allowed us to obviously make the right changes for tonight," said Anderson following Friday's elapsed time track record run. "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."

Anderson indicated that he thought that the time would stand throughout Saturday's two remaining qualifying sessions as temperatures were predicted to be higher on Saturday's.

Well the elapsed time did stand but Anderson did raise his track speed record of last night to 208.71 mph.

Immediately following his last qualifying run, Anderson shared the following thoughts with NHRA announcer Alan Reinhart: We're definitely proud of the job that (crew chief) Rob Downing and all these guys have done. All of my guys from the engine shop back in Charlotte, this is a close race for us, so we brought them all down here. I'm so proud of them, and they ought to be proud watching these two cars out here. It's just tremendous what kind of power we have under the hoods of these (Pontiacs), and those guys are responsible for it. I can't thank them enough. It's great news that the cars are running like this. The only bad deal is we both are on the same side of the ladder, so if we match up it will be in one of the semifinals if we can make it that far. (Jason's) running great, without a doubt, so you hate to see that, but if we make it that far then you'll see a Summit car in the final, and that's a good thing."

His 6.673-second pass in the final qualifying round was the quickest time in the left Summit lane.

"We've made really good runs every time down the track and that's the first time I've been able to say that all year," added Anderson in his pit following qualifying. "I guess we started with a tune-up that's pretty close to what the track wanted. I've got a lot of history at this track and I certainly feel like I've paid my dues here with all the testing we've done over the years, both with Warren and Kurt [Johnson, his former employers] and with our KB Racing team. I feel like I know this place better than most. We feel good.

"I think we've made the four most consistent qualifying runs that we've made at any race so far this season. That's more our normal M.O. We're back to consistency, which I think is very important. At the first five races this year we struggled in qualifying. It seems like we've figured it out. I think we have a strong one-two punch and that's great. We're looking for another strong effort in front of the Summit Racing folks and our other sponsors and our hometown. We're having a ball and a lot of fun and hopefully we can have a big day tomorrow."

After five events on the $50 million, 23-event NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, and the fifth of 17 events in the first segment of the Countdown to the Championship, Anderson leads the Pro Stock point standings.

-credit: kbr

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