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Greg Anderson's Pontiac GTO sets both ends of National Record During First Day of Qualifying at Maple Grove Three-Time POWERade Champion Chasing Teammate for Points Lead READING, Pa., Sept. 29, 2006 Greg Anderson drove his Summit Racing Pontiac...

Greg Anderson's Pontiac GTO sets both ends of National Record During First Day of Qualifying at Maple Grove
Three-Time POWERade Champion Chasing Teammate for Points Lead

READING, Pa., Sept. 29, 2006 Greg Anderson drove his Summit Racing Pontiac GTO to a national-record elapsed time and speed of 6.626 seconds at 208.91 mph during the first day of qualifying for the 22nd annual Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway. Anderson's record-setting performance was part a blistering afternoon of time trials that saw the quickest field in NHRA history established in Pro Stock.

"These were optimal conditions to be running in, but tomorrow morning could be even faster yet," said Anderson. "Regardless of who ends up leaving here with it this weekend, the national record is going down, and the way I look at it, I need it bad to stay in this championship chase. There are several cars that could still end up taking it away from me before this race is completed. Not only is the record a matter of pride, but with the 20-point bonus in play, it certainly means a lot more right now. We're in a brutal championship chase, and with only four races left, every point is going to matter from now until the end of the year."

Anderson, who won this race last year, is currently in second place in the Pro Stock standings, 78 points behind teammate Jason Line, and 62 points ahead of third-place Dave Connolly. Anderson's Pontiac GTO has been the No. 1 qualifier 11 times this season and at the last five events. The three-time defending NHRA POWERade champion has captured 51 career No. 1 qualifying awards including the raceday pole at this event in '03 and '04.

"That was a good run right there, though it certainly wasn't perfect," said Anderson. "Obviously we need to make it perfect or someone will get around us and get that record tomorrow morning. We'll do our homework tonight, make sure we make our best run tomorrow and put the record out of reach. It's exciting when we have these kind of opportunities to run this fast and we want to make the most of it."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Greg Anderson , Jason Line , Dave Connolly