Baytown: Greg Anderson preview

Back to business as usual for Greg Anderson at Houston BAYTOWN, Texas (March 29, 2006) -- While Greg Anderson would like to have the second round at the last race at Gainesville back, he knows that can't be. Therefore, all he...

Back to business as usual for Greg Anderson at Houston

BAYTOWN, Texas (March 29, 2006) -- While Greg Anderson would like to have the second round at the last race at Gainesville back, he knows that can't be. Therefore, all he can do now is concentrate on this weekend's NHRA O'Reilly Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park to continue his pursuit of his fourth NHRA POWERade Pro Stock championship.

After starting the season out with final rounds at Pomona and Phoenix respectively, Anderson, behind the wheel of his KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment-backed Pontiac GTO, made an uncharacteristic exit at Gainesville. Uncharacteristic, in that, since 2003 the three-time Pro Stock champ (2003-2005) has only exited in the first or second round 16 times in 72 races. On the other hand, during the same period, he has advanced to the final round 47 times, winning 36.

Anderson, who won the Houston event in 2004 over teammate Jason Line and advanced to the semifinal round last year, is looking forward to getting back on track at Houston.

"We have decided to delay the debut of the (DRCE) 3 engine until a later time," said Anderson, referring to the third generation GM drag racing competition engine. "Therefore, it will be business as usual. We have put Gainesville behind us and are now focused on Houston. The weather plays an important part at the Houston track and we'll refer to our previous notes to determine the set up this weekend."

At Gainesville, Anderson set low elapsed time of the weekend when he ran a pass during Saturday's first qualifying session of 6.637 seconds, just four thousandths of a second off his national e.t. record. In 2004 at Houston Race Park, Anderson set both ends of the track record -- an elapsed time of 6.693 seconds and a speed of 205.72 -- records that still stand entering this weekend's event.

Houston Raceway Park is well-known as a track at which records can be set and reset. In fact, Bob Frey, the current voice of NHRA drag racing in the announcing booth and statistical historian, recently noted that the Pro Stock elapsed time mark has been set seven times at the Baytown track.

"If the temperatures are close to the 80 degrees they are predicting, you are unlikely to see a national record broken. Records are usually set at lower temperatures at this track but the weather is sometimes unpredictable at Houston, so we'll just wait and see," said Anderson on the eve of qualifying.

Entering qualifying for the O'Reilly Spring Nationals, Anderson is in the top spot in the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock point standings with 274 points, 75 points ahead of second place.

Qualifying for Anderson and his KB Racing LLC/Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock Pontiac GTO begins with two sessions on Friday, March 31 -- scheduled for 3 and 6 p.m. and concludes with two additional sessions on Saturday -- April 1 -- at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Anderson begins his quest for the O'Reilly Auto Parts Nationals Pro Stock title on Sunday, April 2, with eliminations for all classes beginning at 11 a.m. All times are local Houston time (CT) and subject to change at anytime. Note: Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday morning, April 2.

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Drivers Greg Anderson , Jason Line