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Greg Anderson's Summit Racing Pontiac GTO Takes Pro Stock Provisional Pole at Torco Racing Fuels Route 66 Nationals Anderson's Pontiac Sets Both Ends of Route 66 Track Record CHICAGO, June 8, 2007 - The first day of time trials for the Torco...

Greg Anderson's Summit Racing Pontiac GTO Takes Pro Stock Provisional Pole at Torco Racing Fuels Route 66 Nationals

Anderson's Pontiac Sets Both Ends of Route 66 Track Record

CHICAGO, June 8, 2007 - The first day of time trials for the Torco Racing Fuels NHRA Route 66 Nationals were completed today at Route 66 Raceway. After losing an engine in round one of qualifications, three-time NHRA POWERade Pro Stock champion Greg Anderson came on strong during the evening session to safely qualify for his 102nd consecutive event and take provisional pole honors in Pro Stock. Anderson drove his Summit Racing Pontiac GTO to both ends of the track record with a run of 6.617 seconds at 208.94 mph.

"Without a doubt, Friday night is what it's all about if you want to qualify No. 1," said Anderson. "You have to make that perfect run and our Summit Racing Pontiac just did it. I had a nice run going this morning but we wounded the engine so we had to make a change and it worked out. I don't mean to kick and stomp and wine, but that was a great engine we had and a lot of work went into making it the superb piece that it was. I was looking forward to racing with her tomorrow in the King Demon Challenge. Our backup stuff is pretty darn good too, though. The Summit Racing Pontiac is making great runs and I certainly have a horse I can win with tomorrow."

Anderson, who has never won a national event at Route 66 Raceway, has qualified No. 1 at this venue four times during his career. So far this season, the 46-year-old North Carolina resident has taken raceday pole honors five times out of the first eight races, and tomorrow he is looking to nail down his 57th career No. 1 qualifying award.

"This gives us confidence going into tomorrow," said Anderson. "We don't have to make wholesale changes on our Pontiac GTO. We can just fine tune it, pick it up a little bit and maybe go home with some of that King Demon cash. We'll see."

Qualifying coverage of the Torco Racing Fuels NHRA Route 66 Nationals will be telecast on ESPN2 on Saturday, June 9, beginning at 5 p.m. Eastern. NHRA Race Day will kick off eliminator coverage on June 10 starting at 11 a.m. Eastern on ESPN2, and a three-hour telecast of final eliminations will start at 4 p.m. Eastern.

-credit: gm racing

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