Commerce: Greg Anderson eliminations summary

ATLANTA, Ga. - Greg Anderson, driver of the Vegas General Construction Pontiac Grand Am, entered eliminations at the 23rd annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals qualified at the top of the Pro Stock eliminations ladder. In the ...

ATLANTA, Ga. - Greg Anderson, driver of the Vegas General Construction Pontiac Grand Am, entered eliminations at the 23rd annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals qualified at the top of the Pro Stock eliminations ladder.

In the second session of qualifying on Saturday, Anderson drove his Grand Am to a 6.821 / 203.00 mph to take the Number 1 position.

In Round 1 Anderson was paired against Number 16 qualifier = Mark Whisnant. When the lights came down Whisnant would leave early = handing the win to Anderson. Anderson ran a 6.815 / 203.06 mph to defeat = a red lighting Whisnant who ran a 8.862 / 110.65 mph.

Round 2 paired Anderson against Mark Pawuk. After a short = staging battle, Pawuk took the advantage at the starting line, but it = would not be enough to hold off Anderson. Anderson ran a 6.821 / 202.82 = mph to defeat Pawuk with a 6.865 / 201.49 mph.

Anderson's Semi-final opponent would be Ben Watson. Anderson = was out a head of Watson from the starting line to the finish line. = Anderson ran a 6.824 / 203.00 mph to defeat Watson who ran a 6.940 / = 200.20 mph.

Victory in Atlanta has alluded Anderson twice before. In = 2002, Anderson lost to Allen Johnson when his motor let go at the top = end. In 2001, Anderson red lit against Jim Yates. Anderson entered the = final round in search of a victory, but 2003 would not be the year he = would take home the Atlanta 'Wally'.=20

The final round placed Anderson across from his ex-boss Warren Johnson. = In one of the closest races of the day, Johnson defeated Anderson on a = hole shot. Johnson had a .018 of a second light to Anderson's .036, = putting him out ahead of Anderson just enough to hold on to a victory. = Johnson ran a 6.583 / 201.46 mph to defeat a quicker Anderson who ran a = 6.839 / 202.94 mph. The margin of victory was .0044 of a second.

"I'm pretty upset," said Anderson. "This car ran like a = bracket car all day long. We had Warren covered, but I did not do my job = on the starting line. I let down my crew, my team owner, and myself. I = am very upset, but not ready to quit. We will be back in Englishtown, = and hopefully I can do a better job there."

The next race on the 2003 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing series will be the = 34th annual K&N Filters NHRA Supernationals May 15-18 in Englishtown, = N.J.

Anderson Quick Facts
Currently #2 in 2003 NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Points
Currently 3rd in 2003 King Demon Crown points=20
Won 2003 Checks Shucks Kragen Nationals in Phoenix, Ariz.
Won 2003 Summitracing.com Nationals in Las Vegas, Nev.
Two Semis final round appearances in 2003 (Pomona 1 & Gainesville)
Finished 3rd 2002 NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Points
Won 2 races during 2002 season (Englishtown & Columbus)
Runner-Up at 4 races during 2002 season (Atlanta, St. Louis, Sonoma, and Brainerd)

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Series NHRA
Drivers Mark Pawuk , Warren Johnson , Greg Anderson , Ben Watson , Allen Johnson , Mark Whisnant