Anderson knows he is not out of point race KENT, Wash. (July 19, 2006) -- Greg Anderson, driver of the KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment-backed Pro Stock Pontiac GTO, knows he is not out of the 2006 NHRA POWERade Pro Stock ...
Anderson knows he is not out of point race
KENT, Wash. (July 19, 2006) -- Greg Anderson, driver of the KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment-backed Pro Stock Pontiac GTO, knows he is not out of the 2006 NHRA POWERade Pro Stock point championship race.
The three-time and defending Pro Stock champion, left the last race in Denver second to teammate Jason Line in the point standings, the first time he hasn't been at the top of the standings since the beginning of the 2006 season. In fact, he has been in the No. 1 spot since Sonoma last year (21 races).
"We're not out of this race by any means," Anderson said as he left Denver for Seattle. "Every person on this team is dedicated to winning not only races but the championship. Look back, we were second after Seattle last year and went on to win. I see the same opportunity this year, but I don't want to wait until Sonoma or somewhere else on the schedule to take the top spot, I want to take the lead back at this race in Seattle. After all we're only 22 points out."
Last season, Anderson entered Sonoma in second place in the points, and began a streak that led him to his third consecutive Pro Stock championship. From Sonoma to the season-final event, the Minnesota-native, who now lives in North Carolina, went to six final rounds, winning five and won the 2005 championship by 204 points.
Anderson wants to begin putting pressure on his fellow competitors, which includes his teammate Jason Line, who leads the NHRA POWERade point standings, beginning at this weekend's 19th annual NHRA Schuck's Auto Supply Nationals at Pacific Raceways, in Kent, Wash., just outside Seattle. The Seattle race is the second of three back-to-back-to-back races known to most in drag racing as the "Western Swing."
"I said recently in other interviews that the driver who leads the standing at the end of the Western Swing has the best chance of winning the championship," added Anderson. "If you look back I think the stats will back me up. We want to win every race, but we definitely would like to win here and Sonoma to be the one with the point lead at the end of the swing.
"To do that we have to have this new Summit Racing Pontiac a little more consistent and the driver has got to drive a lot more consistently. If we do that we have a good opportunity at Seattle and Sonoma. It's crunch time for both Jason and me. Taking nothing away from Dave Connolly, who drove extremely great the whole race, I really think that we had the two best cars at Denver last weekend in the heat. It's going to be hot in Seattle, so hopefully we can use that to our advantage."
Qualifying for Anderson and his KB Racing LLC/Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock Pontiac GTO begins with two Pro Stock sessions on Friday, July 21, scheduled for 3:30 and 6 p.m. and concludes with two additional Pro Stock sessions on Saturday, July 22, at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Anderson begins his quest for the Schuck's Auto Supply Nationals Pro Stock title on Sunday, July 23, with eliminations for all classes beginning at 11