HOUSTON, April 12, 2002 - Qualifying for the O'Reilly Nationals got underway today at Houston Raceway Park. Greg Anderson is the top qualifier in Pro Stock after driving his Chevy Cavalier to a track-record elapsed time of 6.824 seconds at 201.58...
HOUSTON, April 12, 2002 - Qualifying for the O'Reilly Nationals got underway today at Houston Raceway Park. Greg Anderson is the top qualifier in Pro Stock after driving his Chevy Cavalier to a track-record elapsed time of 6.824 seconds at 201.58 mph. Jim Yates is qualified second in a Pontiac Grand Am with an e.t. of 6.828 seconds at 202.24 mph. Warren Johnson is third in a Grand Am, Ron Krisher is fourth in a Cavalier and Mike Edwards is fifth in a Cavalier.
Greg Anderson (Vegas General Construction Chevy Cavalier) - "I'm not going to lie to you, we've had high expectations this season because we have a great backer in Ken Black and Ken Black Jr. of Las Vegas General Construction. He's let us buy the best equipment we could possibly buy, and he's let me hire the best people we could possibly think of to work on the car. Did we expect to come in right away and beat Ron Krisher and Warren Johnson? No. But we thought by the middle of the season we'd be close to them and be a top-five car by the end of the year. The car, ever since day one when we rolled this Chevy Cavalier out of the gate it's run great after low gear. We've had a heck of a time getting low gear figured out. For whatever reason this car doesn't want to run low gear. We've fought it, and fought it and fought it. We ran top speed in Las Vegas last week so we know we have the power, we just haven't been able to get out of low gear. We tested before Vegas and thought we finally had a handle on it, but we had some things happen that shouldn't have happened. We came here and finally got back to what we learned at Commerce (Ga.) testing a couple of weeks ago. When we the car runs a good 60-foot time, it's going to run all the way down the track and that's what happened tonight."
How much pressure do you put on yourself during a Friday night qualifying session? "It's a ton of pressure because if you screw up you may not qualify at all. It doesn't matter if you're the top guy or the guy with the most power out there. It could change enough from the afternoon to the evening session that you may not qualify at all. That's just about what happened to us at Las Vegas. We were low e.t. in the first session in the afternoon, messed up during the Friday night run and ended up 13th. If we didn't have the power we had, I probably wouldn't have made it."
What was the difference between the two sessions? "The track was about 30 degrees cooler and we ended up making quite a few changes to adjust for the conditions. We were way too aggressive this afternoon, and lit the tires up in low gear. We made a couple of changes to the car that took care of that and we were able to make a major turnaround. The air didn't get a whole lot better but the track improved quite a bit. Track temperature is everything."