Las Vegas: Greg Anderson preview

Anderson likes The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas home to team owner Ken Black LAS VEGAS (April 5, 2006) -- When Greg Anderson takes to the quarter-mile at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for this weekend's NHRA ...

Anderson likes The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas home to team owner Ken Black

LAS VEGAS (April 5, 2006) -- When Greg Anderson takes to the quarter-mile at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for this weekend's NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals, the Vegas odds are in his favor as he usually does well on this track in a city where the odds usually favor the house.

That's not good news for Anderson's opponents. But to be victorious, Anderson, behind the wheel of the KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment-backed Pontiac GTO must first reverse two second round losses at the last two events -- Gainesville and Houston.

"We've not been at the top of our game the last two races and loss to some good teams," admitted Anderson following Houston. "The other teams have certainly upgraded their engine programs over the off season and that has made the competition on the track even closer that it has been.

"We tested after Houston and think we learned what our problem was during the race there. We'll apply what we found and hopefully we'll be back on track at Las Vegas."

Moving from Houston, a track that is very close to sea level, to a track that has the second highest elevation on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series circuit, presents challenges for many of the teams. But as noted previously, Anderson has performed well at this venue regardless of the track's altitude.

Starting with the spring race in 2003, Anderson has gone to the final round at six straight events at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Anderson defeated Kurt Johnson (KJ) three consecutive times (2003: spring and fall race and 2004: spring race). In the fall race of the 2004 season he defeated his teammate Jason Line. Last season, the three-time NHRA POWERade Pro Stock champion was runner-up twice -- in the spring race to Dave Connolly and in the fall race when KJ turned the tables and won over Anderson.

Additionally, during the same time span (2003-2005), Anderson was No. 1 qualify four of the six races (spring and fall, 2003: spring, 2004; and fall, 2005), had low elapsed time of the event three times (spring and fall, 2003 and spring, 2004) and had top speed at three of the events (fall, 2003 and spring and fall, 2004). He currently holds the track record for speed at 203.09 seconds, set at the fall 2004 event.

"We like the Las Vegas track," said Anderson, on the eve of this year's SummitRacing.com Nationals. "It's (team owner) Ken Black's hometown and the race is sponsored by our sponsor Summit Racing Equipment. You always want to do well for your team owner and sponsor and we try hard to do that here. I can't wait for qualifying to start Friday."

Qualifying for Anderson, who is current No. 1 in points entering this event, and his KB Racing LLC/Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock Pontiac GTO begins with two sessions on Friday, April 7, scheduled for 3 and 6 p.m. and concludes with two additional sessions on Saturday, April 8, at 12 noon and 3 p.m. Anderson begins his quest for the O'Reilly Auto Parts Nationals Pro Stock title on Sunday, April 2, with eliminations for all classes beginning at 11 a.m. All times are local Las Vegas time (PT) and subject to change at anytime.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Kurt Johnson , Greg Anderson , Jason Line , Dave Connolly , Ken Black