Baytown: Saturday summary

Bernstein, Densham, Anderson and Hines Qualify at the Top at O'Reilly Spring Nationals BAYTOWN, Texas - Greg Anderson continues to raise the bar in NHRA Pro Stock racing as he earned the No. 1 qualifying position for the 10th consecutive event...

Bernstein, Densham, Anderson and Hines Qualify at the Top at O'Reilly Spring Nationals

BAYTOWN, Texas - Greg Anderson continues to raise the bar in NHRA Pro Stock racing as he earned the No. 1 qualifying position for the 10th consecutive event Saturday during the 17th annual O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park.

Brandon Bernstein, Gary Densham and Andrew Hines also earned the No. 1 qualifying position in their respective categories at the $1.9 million race, the fifth of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. It is the second of 15 national events for the Pro Stock Bike category.

Anderson earned the 22nd No. 1 qualifying position of his career in his Vegas General Construction Pontiac Grand Am by setting both ends of the track record with a 6.693-second pass at 205.72 mph.

Anderson produced the best season in NHRA history en route to winning the 2003 Pro Stock championship. The 2004 season has already produced three wins along with nine track records.

"I'm very proud of what we've been able to accomplish because you can come up with all of the horsepower in the world but if you don't know how to put it on the track, it won't mean anything," Anderson said.

The record for the most consecutive No. 1 qualifiers is 23, set by former Pro Stock driver Bob Glidden between the 1986-'88 seasons.

"I keep thinking that I am going to wake up and this will all be over," Anderson said. "Life has never been so fun as far as racing is concerned. It's never been quite this fun. This team is successful because we have been so consistent. Everyone pulls their weight around the shop and the track."

Bernstein earned the third top qualifier of his career with a 4.516 run at 320.58 in his Budweiser dragster to lead Top Fuel.

Bernstein is aiming for his fifth career victory and second of the season on Sunday.

"It's real important that we are consistent because we don't want (points leader) Tony Schumacher running away with the points lead," Bernstein said. "It's difficult to get points back at the end of the season."

Densham paced the Funny Car class with a run of 4.846 at 311.20 in his Auto Club Ford Mustang for his eighth career No. 1 spot and second of the season.

"I figured with the heat we had today that our time (from Friday night) had a very good chance of staying at the top," Densham said. "(Crew chief) Jimmy Prock is making great tuning calls and the car is just plain fast."

Hines earned the second top qualifying position of his career and second of the season when he rode his Screamin' Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson to a track-record time of 7.072 run at 187.94 to lead the Pro Stock Bike category.

Hines said he didn't think the bike ran a No. 1 time.

"The bike moved over to the center and I thought that there was no way the run was going to be good enough for the No. 1 spot," Hines said. "This track threw us off for a little bit, but hopefully we have our tuneup set and ready for eliminations."

Final eliminations are set for 11 a.m. Sunday.

-nhra-

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Schumacher , Greg Anderson , Gary Densham , Bob Glidden , Brandon Bernstein , Andrew Hines