Madison: Greg Anderson final summary

Anderson holds slim point lead entering the second half of season Teammate Jason Line second in points MADISON, Ill. (June 25, 2006) -- After qualifying No. 1, eliminations for the NHRA O'Reilly Midwest Nationals was over almost as soon as it...

Anderson holds slim point lead entering the second half of season

Teammate Jason Line second in points

MADISON, Ill. (June 25, 2006) -- After qualifying No. 1, eliminations for the NHRA O'Reilly Midwest Nationals was over almost as soon as it started for Greg Anderson as part-time driver Steve Schmidt turned back Anderson in the opening round.

Schmidt gained a .025 second starting advantage at the green light, then held off the hard charging Anderson and his KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment-backed Pro Stock Pontiac GTO to take the win light. On the Gateway International Raceway quarter-mile, it was a pass of 6.820 seconds for Anderson, while Schmidt recorded a run of 6.779 seconds.

Although his teammate Jason Line went to the semifinal, Anderson will hold onto the lead in the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock point standing. Unofficially, the top five are: 1.) Anderson (801 points); 2.) Jason Line (799); 3.) Dave Connolly (730); 4.) Jim Yates (708); and 5.) Kurt Johnson (696).

"Somehow we're treading water and hanging on to the points lead," said Anderson. "We can't in our wildest imagination continue to do this and think we'll continue to have the points lead after the Western swing. We're going to have to find this problem out. Nobody can fix it but us.

"There's so much competition in the class right now, and on any given day any car can win. Nobody is showing that they can win repeatedly, not because everybody's doing a bad job but because everybody's doing a good job. We've got to find a way to do a better job than we're doing if we want to win again."

It now time for the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series midseason break. The next event will be the third weekend in July when Bandimere Speedway in Denver hosts the long running 27th annual NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals, July 14-16.

-kbr

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