Time for Anderson to show what he can really do BRAINERD, Minn. (August 7, 2007) -- Greg Anderson always looks forward to coming to his home away from home and this weekend's 28th annual NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International ...
Time for Anderson to show what he can really do
BRAINERD, Minn. (August 7, 2007) -- Greg Anderson always looks forward to coming to his home away from home and this weekend's 28th annual NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway (BIR) in Brainerd, Minn., is no exception.
"It's always great going home," said Anderson, the Duluth, Minn.-native, who now calls Charlotte, N.C. home. It's seeing all your family and all your friends that don't get to see you but one time a year. Obviously, you want to put on a good show for them.
"It's close to the Countdown to the Championship and the two segments that determine who wins the POWERade championship. It's time to get fully focus. It's time to really show what you're made of and what the team can do. You don't want to wait until you get to the next phase of the Countdown, you must start performing at a high level now. We want to warm up the jets now, so that these Summit Pontiacs are going full power when we reach Indy. You want and need a mental edge like we had early in the season when we were performing so well.
"We've had our fun; we've done our experimenting and testing. Now it time to go show what we can really do."
At the last race in Sonoma, Anderson drove his KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac GTO to the 50th win of his career, becoming just the sixth driver in the NHRA history books to win 50. Additionally, he is the second quickest to that magic number, winning 50 in his 189th race. Pro Stock legend Bob Glidden was the quickest to the 50 mark, reaching that number in only 139 races.
At BIR, Anderson won here in 2003 when he defeated Kurt Johnson. The three-time Pro Stock champion also has two runner-ups in the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" -- in 2002 to Jeg Coughlin and in 2004 to Dave Connolly.