ENNIS, Tex., Oct. 11, 2003 - Pro Stock points leader Greg Anderson piloted his Pontiac SC/T Grand Am to his 12th low qualifier award of the season today at the NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex. The 42-year-old Anderson can clinch his...
ENNIS, Tex., Oct. 11, 2003 - Pro Stock points leader Greg Anderson piloted his Pontiac SC/T Grand Am to his 12th low qualifier award of the season today at the NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex. The 42-year-old Anderson can clinch his first POWERade Pro Stock championship by defeating Mark Pawuk in the first round of eliminations on Sunday.
Anderson's Vegas General Construction Grand Am took the raceday lead position with a run of 6.826 seconds at 203.11 mph. It is the 17th time this season that Anderson, a resident of the Charlotte, N.C. metropolitan area has qualified at least second or better. Anderson's Pontiac has posted an average qualifying position of 1.91 this season.
"We are very pleased with the level of performance our Pontiac Grand Am has shown all year long," said Anderson. "We've got one bad hot rod and a great team that has made it that way. We are looking forward to tomorrow, knowing that we just have to win first round to clinch the championship. I probably won't sleep very much tonight. There's been a lot of hard work and dedication put into this program and everyone on my team deserves it.
"We're not going to just lay down after first round tomorrow or for the rest of the year for that matter. We want to finish out strong, and win all three races so that over the winter break everyone is trying to figure out how to catch up with us. Last year we didn't end the season like we wanted. We went out in second round at this race, didn't qualify in Vegas and lost in the semifinals in Pomona. This year we want to make up for that and win all three. We are going to remain focused, and determined and celebrate in Pomona."
Anderson now has 15 career top qualifier awards to his credit with this being his first at the Texas Motorplex. On Sunday, Anderson will be aiming for his 14th career victory and his 10th of the season.
Anderson's closest points challenger, Chevrolet Cavalier driver Kurt Johnson is qualified fourth with an elapsed time of 6.843 seconds at 202.70 mph.
"It has been a blast racing Kurt for this championship, said Anderson. "We're very close friends and spend a lot of time together so that makes it special. It really came down to our head-to-head match ups and I'm very proud that we won as many against him as we did. We've had fun this year but I know that team will be fierce again next season."
David Connolly, driving a Chevy Cavalier, is the No. 2 qualifier with an elapsed time of 6.835 seconds at 202.56 mph. Jeg Coughlin Jr., also in a Chevy Cavalier is qualified third with an elapsed time of 6.840 seconds at 202.06 mph.
"We're very happy with the consistency of our Chevy Cavalier this weekend," said Coughlin. "We wanted to come in here and continue the strong performance that we've had the past few races. We're looking forward to tomorrow, going some rounds and putting our yellow and black Chevrolet in the winner circle again."
Texas native Bruce Allen drove his Pontiac SC/T Grand Am to the fifth spot with an elapsed time of 6.853 seconds at 202.24 mph. This is the 10th time Allen has qualified in the top-half of the field this season.
"We changed motors in between rounds today," said Allen. "Since we were solidly in the field after the first session we wanted to test this motor to see if it could give us any more, and we did gain a little bit more.
"It's always great to do well in your home state. We hope to continue that and run well in tomorrow's race. We've got the racecar to go rounds, it's just a matter of doing it. We'll be focused and ready."
Chevrolet Cavalier driver Troy Coughlin is seventh, Warren Johnson is eighth and George Marnell is 10th, both in Pontiac Grand Am's, Mark Pawuk rounds out the 16 car field in his Grand Am with an elapsed time of 6.879 seconds at 200.80 mph.
Final eliminations can be seen on Sunday, October 12th, beginning at 6:00 p.m. (ET) on ESPN2.