Greg Anderson Clinches Second Straight NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Title - Drives Pontiac Grand To Repeat Championship ENNIS, Tex., Sept. 26, 2004 - Pontiac Grand Am driver Greg Anderson captured his second consecutive POWERade Pro Stock...
Greg Anderson Clinches Second Straight
NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Title - Drives Pontiac Grand To Repeat Championship
ENNIS, Tex., Sept. 26, 2004 - Pontiac Grand Am driver Greg Anderson captured his second consecutive POWERade Pro Stock championship today at the NHRA O'Reilly Nationals at the Texas Motorplex. The 43-year-old Anderson's second title is the earliest clinch by a professional driver in the history of the NHRA.
"It's been a fantastic ride all year long with the Summit Racing Pontiac Grand Am," said Anderson. "The performance of the racecar over the last few months is quite a testament to the guys on this team, team-owner Ken Black, Summit Racing, Pontiac Grand Am and the rest of the great sponsors who have made this second championship possible. That we've been able to lead from bell to bell is quite incredible but we still have a lot of work to do.
"There have been so many other things going on that winning this second championship really hasn't sunk in yet. We've won a lot of races, and have held such a big lead that sometimes I think we've lost track of exactly what we've accomplished. But this POWERade Pro Stock title was our main goal, and it's what we set out to do at the beginning of every year."
Heading into the NHRA Fall Nationals this weekend, the Summit Racing Pontiac Grand Am driver has racked up quite of list of accomplishments including a single-season, record-tying 13 national-event victories, 13 low qualifying awards, and 62 round wins to go against five losses. Over the last 41 events, Anderson has captured 25 victories, advanced to the final round 30 times and scored 129 eliminator round wins for an 89% victory average.
"This is where we clinched the championship last year," said Anderson, "and it was nice to do it again here this season. You can now understand why this team likes racing at the Texas Motorplex."
Anderson's second straight POWERade crown also marks the third NHRA Pro Stock title in the last four years for the Pontiac Grand Am. GM Performance Parts Pontiac driver Warren Johnson won the 2001 NHRA title during the Grand Am's debut season to go with Anderson's most recent pair of championships, and Pontiac leads all manufacturers for most Pro Stock wins in the history of the sport.
"Because of their hard work and dedication, the Ken Black Racing team and Greg Anderson have reached the very pinnacle of our sport," said Fred Simmonds, GM Racing group manager of drag racing. "Everyone at GM Racing and Pontiac are very proud of what Greg and the team has accomplished during the last two seasons and we wish them continued success in the future."