Mooresville, N.C., October 27, 2011 – Over the last eight years Greg Anderson and the Summit Racing team have been the picture of competitive excellence in the ultra-competitive Pro Stock category with four championships and no finishes lower than second in the standings. However, as the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing season enters its final two events, Anderson finds himself locked in a furious battle with three other drivers for the runner-up position behind runaway leader Jason Line.
I have three or four people breathing down my neck, so I need to have two great races.
With less than one round of competition between them, the four-time champion knows he must rebound from his recent struggles and produce a maximum points-producing effort, starting with this weekend’s Big O Tires NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“These last two races are very important to me and this entire Summit Racing team,” said Anderson. “On the positive side, Jason continues to have the best car in the class and, as long as he qualifies for the last two races the championship is pretty well locked up. On the other hand, we’ve been struggling to get a handle on my car over the last four races, which has me fighting to hold on to second.
“I have three or four people breathing down my neck, so I need to have two great races. To do that, we need to get the car better, I have to do a better job of driving, and we need to create a little luck of our own. In any case, we are determined to do whatever is necessary to turn things back around in Las Vegas and finish the year on a high note.”
Despite the high stakes, Anderson vows to not add any extra pressure on himself or his team as they head to the Nevada desert, taking comfort in the dual benefit of a previous record of success on The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which also happens to be team owner Ken Black’s home track.
“We’re going into Las Vegas ready to handle whatever is thrown at us,” said Anderson. “We’ve had so many crazy things happen to us over the last three or four weeks, from my mistakes and the car not performing the way we want to the freak fuel line leak in Phoenix two weeks ago, that we’re just going in with a positive attitude, determined to make the most of every opportunity, and hoping that for the first time in this Countdown, a little luck goes our way.
“Fortunately, we’ve had some success on The Strip in the past, including one year ago when we put both Summit cars in the final. Besides, it’s good any time we go to Vegas, simply because we get to spend the weekend with Ken, Judy and the entire Black family. With all that in our favor, we’re going into this race ready to rely on what got us there. The preparation is done, so it’s up to us to execute better than on our competition. We have a job to do, and we’re ready to whatever it takes to get it done.”