Anderson Records Fifth Consecutive No. 1 Qualifier After Final Qualifying at Dallas He and Teammate Line Qualify Their Pontiacs 1-2 for Sixth Time This Season ENNIS, Texas, September 23, 2006 - A brief rain shower delayed the start of...
Anderson Records Fifth Consecutive No. 1 Qualifier After Final Qualifying at Dallas
He and Teammate Line Qualify Their Pontiacs 1-2 for Sixth Time This Season
ENNIS, Texas, September 23, 2006 - A brief rain shower delayed the start of qualifying today for a couple of hours, but once resumed the result was the same in the NHRA Pro Stock class as Greg Anderson drove his Summit Racing Pontiac GTO to his fifth consecutive No. 1 qualifier in preparation for tomorrow's eliminations at the 21st annual O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex. With track temperatures cooled by the weather change, Anderson blazed to an elapsed time of 6.696 seconds at 205.60 mph to keep pace with his teammate and current points leader Jason Line. Line had an elapsed time of 6.713 seconds at 205.07 mph to claim second on the qualifying grid. Tommy Lee in the Slammers Ultimate Milk Chevy Cobalt was the highest-qualified Chevy in the fourth position with an elapsed time of 6.722 seconds at 204.98 mph.
"It was awful hot and humid yesterday, and the air was real bad," said Anderson. "We really did all we could do for the weather conditions yesterday, and today we had the rainstorm and it got 10 degrees cooler. The first run today everybody picked up, and it looked like we picked up a little more than the rest of them, but everybody seemed to learn something off of that first session.
"Tonight the vapor pressure dropped like a lead balloon, the air dried out and we made the big change that we had been looking for tomorrow. That's why you saw so many cars pick up tonight and the speeds all jumped up there. It tightened up like we thought it would, and we're going to have another knock-down, drag-out brawl tomorrow. The good news is the two Summit Racing Pontiacs are absolutely on their game, and now it's just up to Jason and me to get on our game."
This was Anderson's 11th No. 1 qualifier of the season and the 51st of his career, and he and Line have started Sunday eliminations Nos. 1 and 2 in six races this season. In addition to today, Anderson led the duo in qualifying at Gainesville (Fla.), Sonoma (Calif.) and Brainerd (Minn.), and Line took the point at Houston and Bristol (Tenn.).
"It makes you feel good going into Sunday knowing that we do have the two best cars," said Line. "The odds are slim, but it would be pretty cool if in the last five races these two cars met in the final round. We'll see what happens."
Other Pontiac qualifiers included Greg Stanfield in third, Jim Yates (7th), Mike Edwards in 10th with the top speed in qualifying at 205.63 mph, and Tom Martino in 14th.
In addition to Lee's strong qualifying effort, other Chevy qualifiers included Kurt Johnson in the ACDelco Chevy Cobalt in fifth, Steve Schmidt (6th), Dave Connolly (11th) and Dave Howard (12th).
"We've been working real hard," said Lee. "We've been testing a couple of times here recently, and we thought we had good results testing, and I guess we proved today that we did. I'm so excited, and hopefully tomorrow I can go rounds."
"It was definitely a hardball situation out there," said Johnson. "You go out there in that first session and run a 6.84, you come back and run 6.79 last night, and then you come out today and run 6.76 and then all of a sudden a 6.72. That's 12 hundredths, and that's a big spread in horsepower and track conditions. If I wouldn't have improved on that last run, I think I would've been 16th in the show, and it was No. 4 going into the session so 12 cars improved. That's hard on the heart, but the ACDelco Cobalt made a good run, went 6.72, and hopefully if everything goes right we can go a few rounds tomorrow."
Tommy Johnson Jr. set the pace for Team Chevy in Funny Car with a No. 2 qualifying effort in his Skoal Chevy Monte Carlo with an elapsed time of 4.778 seconds at 324.90 mph, the top speed in qualifying. Tony Pedregon qualified fourth in his Q Racing Chevy Monte Carlo with an elapsed time of 4.812 seconds at 321.96 mph, and brother Cruz in the Advance Auto Parts Chevy Monte Carlo rounded out the top half of the field in eighth position. Robert Hight in a Ford was the No. 1 qualifier in a Ford with an elapse time of 4.742 seconds at 324.75 mph.
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