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Greg Anderson's Summit Racing Pontiac GTO Establishes National Pro Stock E.T. Record at Infineon Raceway Three-Time POWERade Champ Captures 47th Career Raceday Pole SONOMA, Calif., July 29, 2006 - Greg Anderson drove his Summit Racing Pontiac...

Greg Anderson's Summit Racing Pontiac GTO Establishes National Pro Stock E.T. Record at Infineon Raceway

Three-Time POWERade Champ Captures 47th Career Raceday Pole

SONOMA, Calif., July 29, 2006 - Greg Anderson drove his Summit Racing Pontiac GTO to a national-record elapsed time of 6.631 seconds, and a track-record speed of 207.82 mph to capture the No. 1 qualifying spot for the 19th annual Fram Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway. If Anderson's performance number holds up through the completion of Sunday's eliminator, he would collect an additional 20 points in his quest for a fourth straight POWERade Pro Stock title.

"Anytime you can run a national record you certainly have something to be proud of," said Anderson. "It felt like a real nice run, but we have great conditions right now and everybody is stepping to the plate. There were four cars that ran 6.64 or better, and Jason (Line) and I ran 6.63, so we're certainly excited about that. It's going to be a dogfight tomorrow, no doubt, but we love it when conditions are like this - it's fun to run fast. We wait for this all season long, and you only get this opportunity once or twice a year, so when you get it, you'd better take advantage of it. Now we need to go on and put both Summit Racing Pontiacs in the final on Sunday. That would make for a really great weekend, but we're having fun trying anyway."

This marks the fourth time in his career, and the fourth straight season that Anderson has established a new national e.t. mark. The Summit Racing Pontiac GTO driver secured national e.t. and mph records in May 2003 at Englishtown, N.J., and has held both ever since.

"I'm just piloting the car, it's the crew guys who are getting it done," said Anderson. "When the time is right, they make it happen."

It was the 47th career pole award for Anderson, his seventh this season and his fourth at Infineon Raceway (2002-04, 2006). It was also the 11th pole award this season for the Pontiac GTO.

The 45-year-old North Carolina resident, who debuted a new car two weeks ago at Denver, is the two-time defending champion of this event (2004-05). He has been runner-up twice (2002-03) at Infineon Raceway, and is currently No. 2 in the Pro Stock championship standings, 24 points behind teammate Jason Line going into tomorrow's race.

"I think the car is coming along with every run we make," said Anderson. "This new GTO keeps getting better and I don't know where it's going to stop. Hopefully our progress with it keeps moving forward. I'm happy, I'm stoked, and the program is definitely going in the right direction. We're this close to getting it turned around."

-gm racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Greg Anderson , Jason Line