Joliet: Greg Anderson preview

Anderson shoots for dual wins at Chicago JOLIET, Ill. (June 7, 2006) -- Greg Anderson, driver of the KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment-backed Pro Stock Pontiac GTO, goes after two wins at the NHRA CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals ...

Anderson shoots for dual wins at Chicago

JOLIET, Ill. (June 7, 2006) -- Greg Anderson, driver of the KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment-backed Pro Stock Pontiac GTO, goes after two wins at the NHRA CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals which unfolds this weekend, Thurs. through Sun. (June 8-11) at Route 66 Raceway, on the grounds of Chicagoland Speedway, in Joliet, Ill.

First on Saturday, Anderson vies for the King Demon Crown, a special event for Pro Stock drivers run in conjunction with this weekend's CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals. Anderson, who was born in Duluth, Minn., and now lives in the Charlotte, N. C. area, secured the No. 1 position of the eight qualified drivers.

Racers accrue points based on their qualifying position at each of the 23 national events preceding the King Demon Crown event. A No. 1 qualifying effort is worth 175 points, down to No. 16, which is worth 85 points. Drivers who do not qualify for an event do not earn points at that race.

Anderson, who won the King Demon Crown in 2004 and was runner-up in 2003, collected 10 No. 1s, more than twice the number of any other competitor in the event this year, earning the top spot. He accumulated 3,740 points. The winner of this year's King Demon Crown receives $50,000, while the runner-up takes home $10,000.

Once qualified for the CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals, on Sunday Anderson will have the opportunity to go after the event title. In addition to the other drivers, the three-time and defending NHRA POWERade Pro Stock champion must also overcome the Route 66 quarter-mile strip, a track that according to Anderson's standards he hasn't had much success on in the past.

Anderson, who has had 40 national wins in 60 final rounds during his career, has just three national event final rounds and no wins in all his visits to Route 66 Raceway. It is one of two tracks on the 2006 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule that Anderson has not posted a win, the other being Richmond's Virginia Motorsports Park. Dual wins this weekend will erase part of that deficit on his otherwise record producing statistics.

Entering qualifying for the NHRA CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals, Anderson leads all challengers in the battle for the 2006 NHRA POWERade Pro Stock championship. He has 632 points and is 73 points ahead of his teammate Jason Line, who is No. 2. Only 124 points separate the top five drivers.

-kbr

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Drivers Greg Anderson , Jason Line