Anderson confident entering eliminations in the No. 1 spot ENNIS, Texas (September 22, 2007) -- Greg Anderson, whose drag racing shop is in the heart of NASCAR country in Mooresville, N.C., qualified his Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock ...
Anderson confident entering eliminations in the No. 1 spot
ENNIS, Texas (September 22, 2007) -- Greg Anderson, whose drag racing shop is in the heart of NASCAR country in Mooresville, N.C., qualified his Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock Pontiac in the No.1 position at this weekend's 22nd running NHRA O'Reilly Fall Nationals.
Anderson ran 6.668 seconds twice this weekend to nail down the top spot.
Anderson, who served 12 years as a served as a crew member, tuner and crew chief during four of Warren Johnson's six NHRA Pro Stock championships, moved to the Mooresville area in 2003 to be near his wife's relatives, who live in Jacksonville, N.C.
Team owner Ken Black and KB Racing LLC also opened shop there in 2003, with Anderson as the first employee, to take advantage of the knowledgeable and experienced motorsports pool. The move has paid dividends for KB Racing, as Anderson has earned three NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Championship trophies and his teammate, former Joe Gibbs Racing employee, Jason Line has collected one. Both drivers are currently in the hunt to add one additional trophy in 2007.
For Anderson, it was his 11th No. 1 of 2007 and the 62nd in a career that began in 1998.
"We have a happy hot rod so far this weekend," said Anderson. "We have to hope we don't have a big swing in weather or track conditions because it seems that this Pontiac GTO likes it just as it is. There's a long way to go though. You have four tough rounds if you hope to race Dave Connolly in the finals and we know what he's been doing lately. I can't worry about him now. I have to find a way to get to that final round and that's four tough rounds ahead of me. I'm very happy; I need to win one for the guys at Summit and Pontiac. It's been awhile and I owe it to them. My GTO's flying right now. I feel great, I have confidence but it's tough beating the confidence Dave (Connolly) has right now.
"That last run (6.668 seconds in the heat of the day) really helped to build our confidence. That was a good one. That's a run we haven't seen for a long time out of this team. I knew we could do it but we haven't been showing it lately. That's what it's going to take right there to get around that cat that's leading this deal right now... It's not going to be easy but we're going to have to find a way to do it. I'm very happy with that run, very pleased with it, still have to do some work with Jason's car, and we won't be celebrating tonight. We know what we can do with my car so we have to do it with Jason's car. We have to make the right changes to have a good one-two punch. I need somebody to help me in this chase, maybe knock off Dave Connolly if they can, but nobody's been able to do it including me... Hopefully we can continue on to tomorrow. My GTO hasn't been happier in long, long time. It feels great to drive. I'm looking forward to tomorrow. I need a win. I need a win bad and I think I have a hot rod that can do it."
When eliminations get underway tomorrow at the 22nd annual NHRA O'Reilly Fall Nationals, Anderson, who faces Ken Koretsky in the opening round, will be going after his 51st career win. Thus far in 2007, through 19 races, Anderson has put the Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac in the winner's circle seven times in ten final rounds and has advanced to the final round in four of the last five races.