Anderson after Championship for Summit Racing, Pontiac, and KB Racing LAS VEGAS (October 23, 2007) -- An adage attributed to baseball's Yogi Berra says: "If you don't know where you're going, you might wind up somewhere else." Well, Greg ...
Anderson after Championship for Summit Racing, Pontiac, and KB Racing
LAS VEGAS (October 23, 2007) -- An adage attributed to baseball's Yogi Berra says: "If you don't know where you're going, you might wind up somewhere else."
Well, Greg Anderson, driver of the KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment -backed Pontiac GTO, knows where he wants to go -- the Pro Stock Championship. He's been there three-times before, so he knows how to get there. But two races -- this weekend's Seventh annual ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals and the following weekend the 43rd annual NHRA Auto Club Finals in Pomona, Calif. -- and three drivers -- Dave Connolly, Jeg Coughlin, and Allen Johnson -- stand in his way.
"The trick to winning the Countdown to the Championship is getting by three drivers and doing it in two races," said Anderson, the three-time NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Champion Anderson, from Mooresville, N.C. "It's like that John Force TV show; it's reality, baby. You can't live on what you have done in the past. It's the here and now -- the next two races.
"We tested at Vegas recently and hope we learned something while we were there. We had a pretty happy Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac hot rod there at least. We'll go there this weekend and see. Just when you think you have this deal figured out something else throws you for a loop. We've had a couple of hiccups lately, made a few mistakes, but we can overcome those things.
"Everybody's says (Dave) Connolly has this thing wrapped up and he certainly has been on a tear but if that be the case then we don't need to waste everybody's time running the rest of this Countdown. We're planning to show up and I'm almost positive that so are Jeggie (Coughlin) and Allen Johnson. I don't think anybody has thrown in the towel yet. I know we haven't.
"We know the road to the winner's circle at both Las Vegas and Pomona (Calif.) and if we execute the way I know we are capable then we have a chance to be in front at season's end."
At fall race at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, he has won twice -- in 2003 (over Kurt Johnson) and 2004 (over teammate Jason Line). He was runner-up to Kurt Johnson in the 2005 fall edition. He's also won three-times here at the spring race. Earlier this year he won the SummitRacing.com Nationals over Jeg Coughlin. In 2003 and 2004 he won over Kurt Johnson and in 2005 he was runner up to Dave Connolly. If you're counting, that's five wins in seven final rounds since 2003.