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Anderson's Memphis Track Record Good For Top Spot in Pro Stock Qualifying Third Consecutive No. 1 Qualifier for Pontiac GTO Driver MILLINGTON, Tenn., August 19, 2006 - Pontiac driver Greg Anderson hopes his qualifying success starts...

Anderson's Memphis Track Record Good For Top Spot in Pro Stock Qualifying

Third Consecutive No. 1 Qualifier for Pontiac GTO Driver

MILLINGTON, Tenn., August 19, 2006 - Pontiac driver Greg Anderson hopes his qualifying success starts translating into a few more Pro Stock wins on the NHRA POWERade circuit. The driver of the Summit Racing Pontiac GTO claimed his ninth No. 1 qualifier in 17 races after today's final two rounds of qualifying for the 19th annual O'Reilly NHRA Mid-South Nationals at Memphis Motorsports Park, but despite the team's qualifying prowess the three-time defending Pro Stock champ has only a season-opening win at Pomona to show for his efforts.

Anderson set a Memphis Motorsports Park record with an elapsed time of 6.742 seconds at 203.83 mph for his third consecutive No. 1 qualifier (Brainerd, Sonoma) and 49th of his career, but ironically his first here at Memphis. Including the four No. 1 qualifiers recorded by his teammate and points leader Jason Line, the Pontiac duo have claimed 13 of the 17 Pro Stock pole positions this season.

"Qualifying is important and it's great," said Anderson, "and our goal is to get as many points as we can in qualifying and get both Jason (Line) and me on opposite sides of the ladder. We did that, we accomplished that. I'm (No.) 1, he's (No.) 3, so we've got the table set. But that's all history now. We've got Plan "A" done, and now it's time for the real work tomorrow.

"I know we've got a couple of good cars. It was a learning day today, even though we didn't run well, so hopefully that will put us where we need to be for the target tomorrow and we can make four great runs. That's what it's going to take. You've got another awesome field out there. Every week, week after week, you've got three (tough) guys one week, four guys the next week and three more the week after that. It's just unbelievable the depth of this (Pro Stock) field, so it's great to come out here and qualify No. 1. It's good to get the upper hand for now, but qualifying hasn't been our big snafu, it's race day. But we feel like we're ready to break through and get on a roll where we win some races. Our confidence is higher now than it's been all season."

Mike Edwards in the Young Life Pontiac GTO qualified second with an elapsed time of 6.750 seconds at 204.29 mph. Other Pontiac qualifiers joining Anderson and Edwards in the 16-car Pro Stock field are Anderson's teammate Jason Line in third, Jim Yates (9th), Warren Johnson (10th), Tom Martino (12th) and Greg Stanfield (16th).

"I was hoping to be better (today), but I wasn't expecting to be that good," said Edwards. "We're excited. It's the third run on this motor, and it's staying together and looks like it's going to be okay. We're pretty excited to put this Young Life Pontiac in the No. 2 spot. We made three pretty good runs (in qualifying) after all we had to go through with the rain and everything. Anytime you can go out there and run the bump every time, you feel like you've got a pretty good handle on things. We made our best run in the last session, so we're looking forward to tomorrow."

Kurt Johnson in the ACDelco Chevy Cobalt was the top Chevy qualifier in Pro Stock as he had an elapsed time of 4.765 seconds at 204.26 mph to qualify fourth. Other Chevy qualifiers include Dave Connolly (7th), Dave Howard (11th) and Tommy Lee (14th).

"We used our first run as a learning experience, trying a few different things to see how this new car would act," said Johnson. "We made a decent 6.784-second pass, but when we saw V. Gaines run 6.76, we worried that we might have missed a potential opportunity. So, for the last session, we put it back to the way we had it in Q1 last night and made a few subtle changes. I thought it ran pretty well, and even though we might have lost a little in the back-half with the carburetion adjustments, it really picked it up in the early part of the run, which is a trade-off we're willing to make.

"This ACDelco Chevy Cobalt is really coming around, looking pretty impressive. On each run it's picked up a couple hundredths on the correction, so now we're looking for a few thousandths. We're looking to have a good day tomorrow with the car on the tree, and if we do that, it'll be a hit."

In Funny Car, brothers Cruz and Tony Pedregon led the way for Team Chevy qualifying fourth and fifth, respectively. Cruz had an elapsed time of 4.887 seconds at 309.63 mph in his Advance Auto Parts Chevy Monte Carlo to edge Tony's 4.899 e.t. at 304.80 mph in the Q Racing Chevy. Last week's Funny Car winner at Brainerd, Tommy Johnson Jr., claimed the sixth position on the qualifying grid. Other Chevy drivers qualifying for tomorrow's eliminations include Phil Burkart Jr. (10th), Tony Bartone (12th), Tim Wilkerson (14th) and Gary Densham (15th). Robert Hight in a Ford was the top Funny Car qualifier.

-credit: gm racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Kurt Johnson , Warren Johnson , Tony Pedregon , Tony Bartone , Greg Anderson , Gary Densham , Tommy Lee , Greg Stanfield , Tim Wilkerson , Phil Burkart , Jason Line , Robert Hight , Dave Connolly , Mike Edwards , Tommy Johnson Jr.