Columbus: Greg Anderson eliminations summary

Anderson wins Pro Stock in Columbus COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Greg Anderson, driver of the Vegas General Construction Pontiac Grand Am, started the 39th annual Pontiac Excitement Nationals in Columbus, Ohio from the Number 1 position on the Pro Stock ...

Anderson wins Pro Stock in Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Greg Anderson, driver of the Vegas General Construction Pontiac Grand Am, started the 39th annual Pontiac Excitement Nationals in Columbus, Ohio from the Number 1 position on the Pro Stock eliminations ladder. It was in the final session of qualifying that Anderson recorded a 6.875 / 200.53 mph to take the Number I spot.

In Round 1 Anderson met Number 16 qualifier V. Gaines. At the hit of the throttle Anderson took the lead and kept it to easily defeat Gaines. Anderson ran a 6.922 / 199.17 mph to defeat Gaines with a 6.968 / 197. 42 mph.

Round 2 place Anderson opposite what is turning out to be his most powerful contender for the Pro Stock Championship Kurt Johnson. Johnson took the advantage at the starting line, but it was not enough to hold off Anderson. At the strip it was Anderson who ran a 6.919 / 197.42 mph to defeat Johnson with a 6.943 / 199.40 mph.

The semi-finals placed Anderson across from Allen Johnson. Anderson was on his game when he cut a near perfect light of .001 of a second. He kept the lead to the end of the quarter-mile to defeat Johnson. Anderson ran a 6.895 / 199.91 mph to defeat Johnson with a 6.907 / 199.49 mph

In the final round, Anderson would have lane choice against Scott Geoffrion. Anderson took the advantage at the starting with another stellar light of .003 of a second. He stayed out in front all the way down the racetrack to defeat Geoffrion and take his fifth victory of the season.

"Wow, what a day," said Anderson. "This has been a day filled with highs and lows for myself and this Vegas General Construction team. First Jason's (teammate Jason Line) crashed in the first round. Thank God, he came out of it fine. Then the frustration of fighting a very treacherous racetrack track. To be standing in the winner's circle tonight is nothing short of a miracle."

"It is an added plus is to win here at our sponsors race. Pontiac and GM have been very good to us. To win the race and take back the points lead, I think there is no better way to thank them for their support."

"And how about my crew! These guys went the extra mile here today. They beat every curve ball that was thrown at them. Today I had my hands full on the racetrack and they had their hands full in the pits. It just goes to show you the caliber of guys I have working for me. Hands down they are the best crew out here; hands down."

The next race on the 2003 POWERade Drag Racing series will be the 7th annual Sears Craftsman Nationals June 26-29 in St. Louis, Mo.

Anderson Quick Facts
Currently #2 in 2003 NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Points (888 points)
Won 2003 Checks Shucks Kragen Nationals in Phoenix, Ariz.
Won 2003 Summitracing.com Nationals in Las Vegas, Nev.
Won 2003 K & N Filter SuperNationals in Englishtown, NJ
Won 2003 O'Reilly Summer Nationals in Topeka, Kan.
Runner-up at 2003 Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in Atlanta, Ga.
Three Semi final round appearances in 2003
(Pomona 1, Gainesville & Chicago 1)
Finished 3rd 2002 NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Points
Career Best ET 6.670 (Englishtown 2003)*
Career Best Mile Per Hour 207.18 mph (Englishtown 2003)*

* National records
39th annual Pontiac Excitement Nationals

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Series NHRA
Drivers Kurt Johnson , Greg Anderson , Allen Johnson , Jason Line