Anderson No. 1 for the 60th time SONOMA, Calif. (July 27, 2007) -- In earning his ninth No. 1 of the season and 60th of his career, Greg Anderson drove his KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Pontiac GTO to a track record at the 20th...
Anderson No. 1 for the 60th time
SONOMA, Calif. (July 27, 2007) -- In earning his ninth No. 1 of the season and 60th of his career, Greg Anderson drove his KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Pontiac GTO to a track record at the 20th annual NHRA FRAM Autolite Nationals.
On Friday as the sun was setting, Anderson took over the No. 1 spot in the second of the day's two qualifying session when he recorded a pass of 6.612 seconds at 208.07 mph.
The current NHRA POWERade Pro Stock point leader and three-time Pro Stock champ then used the first session on Saturday morning to lower Friday's mark when he ran an elapsed time of 6.605 seconds, an Infineon Raceway track E.T. record.
"We did something right last night, we learned from it, we applied it to both Summit Racing Pontiacs and it looked like we knew what we were doing," said Anderson, following qualifying. "We're pretty pumped right now. I think we hit it pretty much on the bull's eye for the first run this morning. We made a good run last night and we knew coming out this morning that the conditions would be as good as or better than what we ran in yesterday. We were in the show solidly and knew the worst we could get bumped down was fourth place or so, so we decided to go for it and see if we could pick it up. The worst thing that could happen would be not making the run.
"We went for the gusto, hit the target and ran real, real good. I'm happy about that but I'm even happier that we got Jason's (Line) car to run as well as it did. That's the first time in a while that we've got both cars down the track, one and two. That's a big confidence builder that we've been lacking.
"It was very near perfect although we still need to go over the data. It felt awfully good in the car so there's not going to be a lot left, I can tell you that.
"Right now we're working on getting back on the safe side. The sun was out for the second session, the track was a lot hotter, so the conditions weren't there like they were in the morning. We calmed the two cars down a little with the focus on getting them to repeat, and keeping them consistent even though they were slower by just a few hundredths."
Anderson, who has 49 career wins, will face Bob Panella, Jr. for the second consecutive race in the opening round of eliminations tomorrow. Anderson won here in 2004 (over Dave Connolly) and 2005 (Kurt Johnson). In 2002, he was runner-up to Larry Morgan; and in 2003, he was runner-up to Jeg Coughlin.