Anderson Looks to Maintain his .400 Average in Topeka Mooresville, N.C., May 19, 2010 -- In baseball, a .400 batting average is considered to be the epitome of excellence, an achievement so rare that it has only been accomplished by eight...
Anderson Looks to Maintain his .400 Average in Topeka
Mooresville, N.C., May 19, 2010 -- In baseball, a .400 batting average is considered to be the epitome of excellence, an achievement so rare that it has only been accomplished by eight players in the major leagues, most recently in 1941 by the legendary Ted Williams. As the Full Throttle Drag Racing Series heads to Topeka, KS for this weekend's O'Reilly Summer NHRA Nationals, a quick check shows that Summit Racing driver Greg Anderson boasts a similar winning percentage at Heartland Park Topeka, with four wins in his ten previous appearances. Therefore, it is easy to see why he looks forward to drag racing's annual visit to the capital city.
"We've certainly had our share of success over the years at Heartland Park," said Anderson. "I'm not sure if it's the racing surface, or the atmospheric conditions, but there's obviously something there that seems to agree with how we run our Summit Racing Pontiacs. For the most part, the race track is really good, although we all struggled with a huge bald spot on the starting line throughout qualifying last year which made it hard to get out of low gear.
"Hopefully, they've made some modifications to rectify that, but if not, we'll refer to our notes from last year to see how we got off the starting line. It's been a couple years since we last went to the winner's circle in Topeka, so I think it's about time we made a return trip. After all, I want to keep my average up."
In order for Anderson to maintain his lofty record in the Sunflower State, he will need to continue the steady progress he has been making with his race car. Since swapping rides prior to the Houston race, the KB Racing crew has been dealing with a steep learning curve as they determine the boundaries of this particular chassis' tuning envelope. Although their efforts are starting to produce results, their work is far from over, especially as they look to disseminate any information gathered to teammates Jason Line & Ronnie Humphrey.
"We've been steadily making gains with this particular Summit Racing Pontiac," said Anderson. "It's been four races since we made the switch, and it has shown itself to be quite receptive to the adjustments we've made. But even though it's not shaking the tires like our other cars, it's still not as fast as we'd like it to be. We may need to get a little more aggressive with our tune-up, because it's given every indication that it will take whatever we throw at it.
"At the same time, we're working to get Jason and Ronnie's cars running better. As I have often said, this is one team running three cars, and unless both are performing as well as they should at every race, we're not satisfied. That is why, even with the short week between races, we spent a day testing, seeing what we could learn, and how we could apply what we've learned with my car to their rides. Hopefully, that hard work will pay off in Topeka.
"I believe it should be a good weekend. The conditions should be favorable, and we should be able to run fairly well, so we're going to go there and let it all hang out, doing whatever we can to get one of our Summit Pontiacs into the winner's circle. It's about time we knocked one out of the park."
-source: kb racing