Topeka: Greg Anderson preview

Anderson takes point lead on the road TOPEKA, Kan. (May 25, 2007) -- The NHRA O'Reilly Summer Nationals being held June 1-3 at Heartland Park Topeka marks the beginning of the grueling, hot summer racing period on the NHRA POWERade Drag ...

Anderson takes point lead on the road

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 25, 2007) -- The NHRA O'Reilly Summer Nationals being held June 1-3 at Heartland Park Topeka marks the beginning of the grueling, hot summer racing period on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Starting at Topeka and the weeks that follow, the KB Racing LLC Pro Stock teams of Greg Anderson and teammate Jason Line will compete in eight races in their Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock Pontiacs in that nine week span.

They will crisscross the United States. From Topeka, the teams will move to Joliet, Ill., and then enjoy their one week off before heading to Englishtown, N.J. for the start of six consecutive races. From Englishtown, the series heads to a new venue -- Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park -- in Norwalk, Ohio. From there it's onto Bristol, Tenn. to run the O'Reilly Thunder Valley Nationals that was originally scheduled for mid-May but was postponed due to track resurfacing problems. Then from Bristol the teams head for Denver for the start of the Western Swing. Denver is followed by Seattle and Sonoma, Calif.

That's a stout schedule," said Anderson, who currently leads the NHRA POWERade point standings in the first of three segments that comprise this year's Countdown to the Championship. "With the postponement of the Bristol race, it gave us extra time to spend on our parts and pieces that you need for the road, especially with the number of races we have without having too much time to prepare on the road.

"I've said a million times that we think our races are won or lost in the shop. So any shop time we can get is a benefit. Obviously, our opponents have the same time to make up ground too. We think that the more time we can spend in our shop the better we can race. We're trying to use these extra two weeks to our advantage. That's important because there is not going to be any breaks for a long time to come and by the time we get back, the first section of this points deal will about be over and Jason and I want to come out of this segment in the top two spots. Even though they adjust the points after each segment, if you're in front they still have to catch you first.

"We've been burning a lot of gas on the dyno and a lot of rubber on the track. Hopefully that will payoff starting with Topeka."

At Heartland Park Topeka, Anderson has put his KB Racing-owned, Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac GTO in the winners circle three times (2003-2005). In 2003 and 2004, the three-time POWERade Pro Stock champion took the win light over Kurt Johnson. While in 2005, Anderson got the best of Dave Connolly. Additionally in 2003 and 2005 he took the top qualifying position each year.

"I like the track in Topeka but it's going to be new for everybody as they recently resurfaced it," reflected Anderson on the upcoming event. "It's kind of a wild card but we're always in favor of newly surfaced race tracks. Hopefully, they did their homework and laid down a good fast surface. If they did, then I think we'll be able to put on a good show for the fans there. I'm looking forward to being back in Topeka."

-credit: kbr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Kurt Johnson , Greg Anderson , Jason Line , Dave Connolly