Anderson hopes to be in front when all points are off the table POMONA, Calif. (October 29, 2007) -- After last weekend's win at The Strip at Las Vegas Speedway, Greg Anderson, who drives one of the two KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing ...
Anderson hopes to be in front when all points are off the table
POMONA, Calif. (October 29, 2007) -- After last weekend's win at The Strip at Las Vegas Speedway, Greg Anderson, who drives one of the two KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment -backed Pontiac GTOs, regained possession of the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock point lead.
Entering the 43rd annual NHRA Auto Club Finals, which get underway Thursday at the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona (Calif.), the Pro Stock point standing show Anderson at the front of the pack of four drivers still contending for the championship in the Countdown to 1. He has 3,136 points. Jeg Coughlin, Jr. is 34 points back in second. Dave Connolly, who held the lead until the ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals, is now third, behind by 48 points. And rounding out the four places is Allen Johnson, who is 103 points behind Anderson.
Does Anderson feel he's got a lock on the Countdown Championship as the Countdown to 1 unfolds it season-final this weekend?
"Certainly not," he said emphatically. "As long as there are points on the table that enable one of the three other drivers to come around me, then there is no lock.
"I still think you must be near perfect at both races during the Countdown to 1 and there is still one race to go. We got the job done at Vegas but must have the car, driver and power in sync at Pomona to win it all. It's not over until all the points are off the table. Hopefully, at that point, I'll have my Summit Pontiac in front."
At the season-closing event at the Auto Club Raceway of Pomona, he has won three times -- in 2003 (over Kurt Johnson), 2004 (over teammate Jason Line), and 2006 (again over Jason Line). He's also won the season-opening Winternationals three-times. At this year season-opener he won over Greg Stanfield. In 2004, he turned back Warren Johnson, and, in 2006, he won over Mike Edwards. Overall, that's six wins in six final rounds since 2003 at the historic Pomona quarter-mile.
The third most prolific winner in Pro Stock history, Anderson, who won last weekend in Las Vegas, will be going after his 52nd career win at the Auto Club Finals. For the 2007 season in 22 races, Anderson has advanced to the final round 12 times and has come away with eight wins.