Anderson earns 45th career No. 1 13th consecutive race a Summit Racing Pontiac No. 1 COMMERCE, Ga. (May 6, 2006) -- Of the 26 cars that attempted to make the field for the 26th annual NHRA Summit Racing...
Anderson earns 45th career No. 1
13th consecutive race a Summit Racing Pontiac No. 1
COMMERCE, Ga. (May 6, 2006) -- Of the 26 cars that attempted to make the field for the 26th annual NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals presented by Pontiac, only 16 make the cut for tomorrow's eliminations. Of the 16, three-time and reigning NHRA POWERade Pro Stock champion Greg Anderson finished atop the final qualifying ladder.
Over a driving career that began in 1998, Anderson now has 45 No. 1s. Five of the 45 have come thus far this season.
Anderson, who was born and raised in Duluth, Minn., but now lives in Charlotte, N.C., covered the Atlanta Dragway quarter-mile in 6.704 seconds (a track record), his best of four qualifying passes.
After Friday's record setting run, Anderson had the following thoughts. "Everybody refers to Atlanta (Dragway) as Warren Johnson's home track, and it is," said Anderson, "but you don't want to forget that I worked for him for 12 years and even though I wasn't driving the car, I was tuning it. Every time we tested I was right here with him. It's not like this is a strange place for me. I know this track better than any other."
Following two days of qualifying, Anderson said, "Last night's run came at the right time. There are a lot of guys and girls running very, very fast in this class right now. We've got a string going. This is the 13th consecutive race that a Summit Racing Pontiac has qualified No. 1. Most of them have been done by a very slim margin. That tells you what type of job the guys on this Summit Racing team have done. It's a great team effort. If I can't do it, Jason (Line, teammate) seems to do it. It's a great one-two punch."
In tomorrow's first round of eliminations, Anderson goes against the No. 16 qualifier Greg Stanfield. Stanfield ran an elapsed time of 6.754 seconds in his best qualifying pass.
Anderson, who leads the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock point standings after seven of 23 events, begins his quest for the Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals presented by Pontiac Pro Stock title on Sunday, May 7, with eliminations for all classes beginning at 11 a.m. All times are local Atlanta time (ET) and subject to change at anytime.