Joliet: King Demon Crown preview

TOP SEED ANDERSON GOES FOR THIRD VICTORY IN NHRA KING DEMON CROWN JOLIET, Ill. -- Greg Anderson will lead the NHRA King Demon Crown field as the No. 1 seed for the fourth consecutive year as the lucrative special event takes center stage June 9...

TOP SEED ANDERSON GOES FOR THIRD VICTORY IN NHRA KING DEMON CROWN

JOLIET, Ill. -- Greg Anderson will lead the NHRA King Demon Crown field as the No. 1 seed for the fourth consecutive year as the lucrative special event takes center stage June 9 during the 10th annual Torco Racing Fuels Route 66 NHRA Nationals at spectacular Route 66 Raceway near Chicago.

A purse of $76,000 is available for the eight drivers competing in the NHRA King Demon Crown. The winner of the 23rd annual King Demon Crown will earn $50,000. The runner-up will earn $10,000, the two semifinalists $3,000 each, and the four first-round finishers $2,500 apiece.

Anderson, from Charlotte, N.C., who drives the Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac GTO, qualified No. 1 at 11 of the 22 NHRA national events that drivers could earn King Demon Crown points. It is Anderson's fifth career appearance in the bonus event.

The $142,000 King Demon Crown showcases the eight best Pro Stock qualifiers during a 22-race span between the 2006 Torco Racing Fuels Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Joliet, Ill., and the 2007 O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka (Kan.). Besides the $76,000 available in the King Demon Crown, bonuses of $66,000 were paid to quick Pro Stock qualifiers throughout the 22-race NHRA King Demon Crown series.

Drivers accumulated points during qualifying at those events, and a $3,000 bonus was awarded to the No. 1 qualifier at each race.

This year's NHRA King Demon Crown field features three past winners, the runner-up during the last two seasons, the 2002 runner-up, one driver making his fourth appearance, a sophomore driver and one rookie.

Top seed Anderson, a winner in '06 and '04 and runner-up in '03, will face sophomore King Demon Crown finalist Vieri Gaines in the opening round. Jason Line, runner-up the last two seasons, and rookie Greg Stanfield will battle in the first round; while four-time King Demon Crown finalist Allen Johnson will meet '02 runner-up Mike Edwards. Past King Demon Crown champs Kurt Johnson, a three-time winner, and Dave Connolly, who won the event in '05, also will meet in round one.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Kurt Johnson , Greg Anderson , Greg Stanfield , Vieri Gaines , Allen Johnson , Jason Line , Mike Edwards