Anderson's 6.692-second pass leads the field MADISON, Ill. (June 24, 2006) -- Greg Anderson drove his KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment-backed Pro Stock Pontiac GTO to the top spot, leading qualifying from session 1 to session 4 at...
Anderson's 6.692-second pass leads the field
MADISON, Ill. (June 24, 2006) -- Greg Anderson drove his KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment-backed Pro Stock Pontiac GTO to the top spot, leading qualifying from session 1 to session 4 at the 10th annual NHRA O'Reilly Midwest Nationals.
Anderson's best of four qualifying passes was recorded in the second session on Friday, when he covered the Gateway International Raceway quarter-mile, which is located in Madison, Ill., just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, in 6.692 seconds at 206.23 mph setting both the elapsed time and speed track record.
The three-time and defending NHRA POWERade Pro Stock champion now has six No. 1s in 2006, but this is his first since Atlanta, the first weekend in May, and the 46th of his career.
"We definitely started out [this weekend] like we had a lot of promise coming in, and we made a nice run last night," said Anderson, "but to be honest with you, we didn't gain ground today. We kind of went backwards on the tune-up of the car, so we're a little disappointed, actually, with our performance today. We've got to go do it tomorrow, turn things around, figure out what went wrong today and get back closer to what we had going yesterday. We obviously had a car that was happy yesterday and it became unhappy today, so we've got to figure out what we did wrong."
As they head into eliminations, Anderson and his teammate, Jason Line, currently sit atop the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock point standings. Anderson leads the way, while Line is No. 2.
In the opening round tomorrow, Anderson will find Steve Schmidt in the other lane. Schmidt qualified No. 16, getting into the final qualifying position on his last run with a pass of 6.737 seconds at 204.60 mph.
Reflecting on tomorrow's eliminations, Anderson added, "There are a lot of guys out there right now that are driving the wheels off of there cars, and there are a lot of fast cars. If you don't perform perfectly out there on Sunday anymore, you're not going to win. We've been making mistakes between myself and the car, a little bit here and a little bit there, but mostly on my part. We've just been a little bit off on one run or another, and that's going to spell defeat in Pro Stock.
"That's the beauty of this class. We don't have the edge that we had last year or the year before in performance because a lot of guys have caught up to us. We have a lot of competition right now out there. It's not necessarily that we're doing that bad of a job, there's just a lot of guys that are doing a great job right now. You can't possibly pick a winner come Sunday morning anymore the way it is out there. Hey, we're on the inside, we're like inside traders, and we don't have a clue who's going to win. It's pretty amazing right now."
Anderson begins his quest for the O'Reilly Midwest Nationals Pro Stock title on Sunday, June 25, with eliminations for all professional classes beginning at 3 p.m. All times are local St. Louis time (CT) and subject to change at anytime.