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Greg Anderson's Pontiac GTO Leads Pro Stock Qualifiers at Indianapolis Four-Time U.S. Nationals Champ Hopes to Nail Down 50th Career Pole INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 2. 2006 - With three qualifying sessions already completed for the 52nd annual Mac...

Greg Anderson's Pontiac GTO Leads Pro Stock Qualifiers at Indianapolis
Four-Time U.S. Nationals Champ Hopes to Nail Down 50th Career Pole

INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 2. 2006 - With three qualifying sessions already completed for the 52nd annual Mac Tools Nationals, Pontiac's Greg Anderson leads the 16-car Pro Stock field with one day of time trials remaining. The four-time event champion (2001, 2003-05) at O'Reilly Raceway Park set both ends of the track record when he drove the Summit Racing GTO to a 6.685 e.t. at 206.23 mph.

"We know what we've got," said Anderson. "We came up here and tested the Summit Racing Pontiac a couple of weeks ago, so we think we've got a decent handle on the racetrack. To be honest with you, I expected the track to be a little different when we came back for the race, but it's proving not to be that different. Obviously the test was a good idea."

Anderson is looking to nail down his 50th career No. 1 qualifying spot, his 10th No. 1 qualifying spot this season and his fourth consecutive pole effort going back to last month's national event in Sonoma, Calif. Anderson has also been the No. 1 qualifier at the U.S. Nationals the last two years.

"We had a little bit of bad luck with the starter going away the second round," said Anderson. "But at Indy you've got five chances at it, and it looks like the weather's going to be great all weekend, so no sense to panic. Hopefully we've got our bad luck out of the way and now we can set sail and show what these Summit Racing Pontiacs can do. We definitely didn't get it all with either car, so we know there's a lot left, and I'm sure there is in other cars too. But it's always a good feeling to know when you got out and make a good run that there's still a lot left in the car."

Mike Edwards is qualified in the No. 2 spot in the Young Life Pontiac GTO. Edwards held the lead spot until tonight's second qualifying run, but three good laps with a best of 6.685 e.t. at 205.91, have given the Oklahoma native a good shot at winning his second U.S. Nationals.

"The Young Life Pontiac has made three good runs, now we just need to make six more," said the 1998 U.S. Nationals champion. "The racecar has actually been very good since Brainerd (Minn.) - it's been steadily improving over the last couple of races. The motor's have been goods and the car has been consistently better. Everything's coming together at just the right time. Frank Iaconio and Ernie Topping have done a great job with our engine program and it's 100 percent better than it was this time last year."

The quickest Chevy Cobalt in the field belongs to Dave Howard, who currently sit in the No. 3 position. Howard's Chevrolet has also been strong all weekend with a best lap so far of 6.686 seconds at 205.76 mph.

Jason Line's Pontiac GTO is qualified fourth with a 6.687 e.t. at 206.16 mph. The current POWERade points leader is looking for his first victory at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals.

"We'll be better tomorrow," said Line. "We made some changes to our Summit Racing Pontiac after today's first qualifying session trying to address a completely different issue and he car shook really hard tonight. We certainly know what caused the problem and given what we're seeing with tomorrow's forecast we think we can step it up with both GTOs.

"We've been very consistent, each lap separated by a total of .007 of a second. That's a nice, narrow window to be working in, and if we can dial it in a little more, that would be even better."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Greg Anderson , Jason Line , Dave Howard , Mike Edwards