Englishtown: Greg Anderson final summary

Anderson captures career win No. 49, ties Prudhomme ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 24, 2007) -- Greg Anderson continues his torrid pace in the first 10 races of the 2007 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series winning the Pro Stock class at the 38th annual...

Anderson captures career win No. 49, ties Prudhomme

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 24, 2007) -- Greg Anderson continues his torrid pace in the first 10 races of the 2007 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series winning the Pro Stock class at the 38th annual NHRA ProCare Rx SuperNationals over Jeg Coughlin.

This was his sixth win of the season for Anderson. He has won the last nine final rounds he's been in extending back to the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals last season.

For the 19th time in his career Anderson "sweep the table" (qualified No. 1, won the event, and ran low elapsed time and top speed) in his KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment-backed Pontiac GTO

KB Racing LLC, who fields the Summit Racing Pontiacs of both Anderson and his teammate, Jason Line, has now laid claim to the winner's circle at the last six national events contested here at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J. Both drivers have three wins apiece here; Anderson in 2002 (over Jeg Coughlin) and 2003 (over Darrell Alderman) and 2007 (again over Coughlin), and Line in 2004-2006.

On a day that Don "The Snake" Prudhomme's drivers Larry Dixon and Tommy Johnson, Jr. won Top Fuel and Funny Car respectively, Anderson tied Prudhomme, a drag racing icon, in wins. Both now have 49 career victories and are ranked No. 6 on the all-time leader board in NHRA national event victories.

In the opening round, Anderson was out first over Craig Hankinson, who like Anderson was a former Pro Stock crew chief before turning to driving. After Anderson had a slight wiggle near half-track, he needed all of the advantage he gained at the green light to turn back Hankinson. Anderson's elapsed time was 6.988 seconds; while, Hankinson crossed in 6.685 seconds. The margin of victory was in favor of Anderson when his win light came on nine thousandths of a second before Hankinson hit the finish line.

That wiggle also cost Anderson lane choice in the second round against Dave Connolly. Between rounds Anderson and his crew changed the engine in his Summit Racing Pontiac after determining that there was a possible problem in the opening round.

It paid off as Anderson left first at the green and never looked back, leading Connolly from wire to wire. The three-time NHRA POWERade Pro Stock champ recorded an elapsed time of 6.636 seconds, the quickest and fastest run of the round. Anderson needed every bit of that run as Connolly ran a 6.639 at 208.49.

In the semifinals, Anderson looked over to see Jim Yates, who had turned back Anderson's teammate, Jason Line, in the opening round. The 46-year-old Anderson, who was born in Duluth, Minn., and now lives in the Charlotte, N.C. area, didn't leave any doubt in this match up that he had the better car today. After getting away from the starting line with a small advantage, Anderson's Summit Racing Pontiac drove away from Yates' GTO, tripping the finish line lights in 6.642 seconds, the quickest run of the semifinals. Yates followed in 6.709 seconds. This set up the final round with Anderson meeting Jeg Coughlin, who drives a Chevy Cobalt.

It was over at the starting line as Coughlin jumped the gun, red-lighting by seven thousandths of a second, giving the win light to Anderson. Anderson went ahead and ran the KB Racing Summit Racing Pontiac to the finish line in 6.617 seconds, the low elapsed time of eliminations.

"I really can't fathom that," Anderson said. "It's not because of me, it's all those guys I'm associated with (the team and owner) ... I'm a lucky man and I count my blessings every day. I'm going to ride this wave as long as I can."

After ten events, Anderson leads the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock standings with 954 points, which also puts him in the lead for the first segment of the Countdown to the Championship.

-credit: kbr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Greg Anderson , Tommy Johnson , Jason Line , Dave Connolly , Craig Hankinson