Anderson advances to semifinals at Reading MOHNTON, Penn. (August 22, 2007) -- After claiming the No 1 qualifying spot at this weekend's 23rd annual NHRA Toyo Tires Nationals, Greg Anderson drove his KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit ...
Anderson advances to semifinals at Reading
MOHNTON, Penn. (August 22, 2007) -- After claiming the No 1 qualifying spot at this weekend's 23rd annual NHRA Toyo Tires Nationals, Greg Anderson drove his KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment-backed Pontiac GTO to a semifinal finish during eliminations at the rain-plagued event.
Eliminations for most were delayed until Monday. The only exceptions were that Top Fuel ran one complete round and Funny Car ran three pair before rain postponed the remainder of Sunday's schedule until Monday.
On Monday, Top Fuel finished the semifinal round and the other three professional classes -- Funny Car, Pro Stock cars, and Pro Stock Motorcycles -- were able to finish round one and round two.
In the opening round of Pro Stock on Monday, Anderson, who ran the low time of the first round, a 6.622-second pass, turned back his teammate, Jason Line. While Anderson took the win light, Line's Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac covered the Maple Grove Raceway quarter-mile in 6.746 seconds, in a losing effort.
In the second round, Anderson also led Jim Yates from wire-to-wire. It was a 6.630-second pass for the three-time Pro Stock champ, to 6.641 seconds for Yates.
Then the rains returned and washed out the remainder of eliminations on Monday and all day Tuesday.
On Wednesday, Anderson was matched against Kurt Johnson in the semifinal round.
At the light, Anderson left first, but at the finish line it was Kurt Johnson by about a half of a car length. Johnson crossed the line in 6.611 seconds, while Anderson trailed in 6.639 seconds.
"After two days of waiting, his (Kurt Johnson's) team's guess was better than ours," said Anderson, following the semifinals at Reading. "They hit it; we didn't. We did well this weekend but would have liked to close the deal with a win.
"In addition to losing here, we lost two much needed days to test at Indy. Indy is big for all drivers and we needed the time to get out Summit Pontiac at its peak performance there. It's two days lost in this year's schedule that we'll never get back. No sense looking back though, we'll now concentrate all our focus on Indy."