Greg Anderson takes top spot TOPEKA, Kan. (June 2, 2007) -- Greg Anderson, driver of the KB Racing LLC Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock Pontiac, nailed his fifth No. 1 qualifying spot this season in eight races at the NHRA O'Reilly ...
Greg Anderson takes top spot
TOPEKA, Kan. (June 2, 2007) -- Greg Anderson, driver of the KB Racing LLC Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock Pontiac, nailed his fifth No. 1 qualifying spot this season in eight races at the NHRA O'Reilly Summer Nationals being held this weekend at Heartland Park Topeka (HPT).
It was a twist of fate that landed Anderson in the top spot at the end of Friday's qualifying.
In the opening session of qualifying, Anderson was in the right lane. He launched and then shut the car down in third gear. Thinking that the run (8.834/108.78) would never make the field, which it did, he bypassed the scales failing to get his Summit Racing Pontiac weighed. As a result, the run was disallowed and Anderson received no time.
Because cars are paired in the next session by their times in the first session, and since Anderson received no time, that disqualification placed Anderson in the second pair in the second session. After a short rain delay just prior to the beginning of that session, qualifying resumed and Anderson ran a then track record elapsed time of 6.709 seconds at a speed of 206.48 mph, also a track record. After running only three pair, is when fate intervened in the form of Mother Nature.
The rains returned and the remainder of all qualifying was canceled with Anderson sitting on top of the Pro Stock field at the end of the first day of qualifying.
"There was no sense weighing (after that first run)...so I blew by the scales," said Anderson, after Friday's qualifying. "I'm looking like a genius because I did that, but it was purely luck. That's just dumb luck."
It wasn't dumb luck that nobody was able to take the top spot away from Anderson. In fact, he gave his opponents something to think about when he lowered his elapsed time record of Friday night in today's final qualifying session, blazing down the HPT quarter-mile in 6.703 seconds.
"You have to be real careful on your burnout or you're going to mess up your whole run," said Anderson, as he talked about the improvement the Safety Safari made to the starting line for the final two sessions of qualifying. The three-time NHRA POWERade Pro Stock champion felt that the Safety Safari, considered one of the best at track preparation in the business, had made both lane equally good and indicated that the fans would see some good side-by-side runs during eliminations tomorrow.
Both of Anderson best runs came in the left lane but he did not feel that would present a problem tomorrow. "I'm not concerned about the right lane. The two runs I made in the right lane was not an issue with the track. On one run I broke a spark plug and on the other I didn't have enough clutch in the car. We underestimated the track. It's nothing to blame on the race track. You can run in either lane," reflected Anderson.
In the opening round tomorrow, Anderson will go against the No. 16 qualifier Max Taylor. Taylor qualified with a pass of 6.773 seconds at 204.14 seconds.