Greg Anderson qualifies No. 1 for the 42nd time CHANDLER, Ariz. (February 25, 2006) -- While the rest of the country may be suffering from the effects of winter, Phoenix, the site of this weekend's 22nd annual NHRA Checker Schuck's ...
Greg Anderson qualifies No. 1 for the 42nd time
CHANDLER, Ariz. (February 25, 2006) -- While the rest of the country may be suffering from the effects of winter, Phoenix, the site of this weekend's 22nd annual NHRA Checker Schuck's Kragen Nationals, had clear skies, warm days and cool nights. A prefect setting for the four qualifying rounds leading up to tomorrow's eliminations.
For Greg Anderson, driver of the KB Racing LLC/Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock Pontiac GTO, the weather has proved A-OK. After watching his teammate Jason Line run a 6.684 pass in the final qualifying pass, the Minnesota-born, North Carolina-transplant vaulted to the No. 1 qualifying spot on the final qualifying ladder, running an elapsed time of 6.671 seconds at 206.83 mph. It was the 42nd career No. 1 for Anderson and his second at Firebird International Raceway.
"It certainly wasn't our plan to wait until the weather got the worst and the track got the hottest to make our best run," said Anderson following qualifying. "We struggled all weekend with the setup of our Summit Pontiac. Until that final round, we hadn't made a clean run down the track. We missed on the setup. The last lap was real close and that's definitely a confidence builder for tomorrow."
In the opening round of eliminations tomorrow, Anderson is paired against Allen Johnson who qualified No. 16 (6.730/205.29). Anderson, the three-time NHRA POWERade Pro Stock champion (2003-2005), will be looking for his 41st career win. The pair has met a total of 18 times with Anderson turning on the win light 15 times.