After testing his Summit Racing Camaro extensively at various tracks over the last few weeks, Greg Anderson was extremely anxious to get the 5th annual NHRA Nationals in Concord, N.C. underway on Friday to see how the progress they seemed to have made during that time would stack up against their competition. They did not have to wait long, as Anderson posted a 6.574-second elapsed time and 211.36 mph top speed, fourth-quickest among the 18 attempting to qualify.
However, Anderson and the KB Racing crew were far from done, as they came back in the evening session at zMAX Dragway and covered the quarter-mile in 6.560-seconds with a top speed of 211.66 mph to sit third midway through the qualifying procedure. Although pleased with his opening-day performance, the three-time Charlotte winner admitted there was still room for improvement.
“Overall, it wasn’t a bad day,” said Anderson. “We really didn’t make what we would consider clean runs today, and we still ran pretty well, which shows the potential of these Summit Racing Camaros. We can run right with them and even grab the pole if we make clean runs, which is something new for us as we continue to develop these race cars. We’ve gained some performance with these cars, now we just need to match them to the race conditions.
“I think there is a lot of room left, which is good news, especially since both our cars are in the top three. We feel pretty good, but we still need to do a better job of executing, getting the round pegs in the round holes and the square pegs in the square holes. When we do that we should be in really good shape. Tomorrow’s another day and I still think we can qualify 1-2 if we do a good job, so we’ll see what we can do.”
Source: KB Racing