Anderson Ready to Move Ahead after Second-Round Exit in Denver Heading into Sunday's final eliminations of the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals in Denver, CO, Summit Racing driver Greg Anderson knew he would have his work cut out for him in order...
Anderson Ready to Move Ahead after Second-Round Exit in Denver
Heading into Sunday's final eliminations of the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals in Denver, CO, Summit Racing driver Greg Anderson knew he would have his work cut out for him in order to contend for his third career win at Bandimere Speedway, establishing some competitive consistency in the challenging conditions. Starting from the eighth position, he was the recipient of some good fortune in the opening round, as V. Gaines left the starting line early, awarding him the automatic win.
This set the stage for a second-round meeting with good friend and rival Allen Johnson, who had reset the track record in capturing the No. 1 qualifying position and been the dominant car throughout the weekend. Knowing he would need every advantage, Anderson used an extremely quick .019 reaction time to gain a slight edge. However, running in the less-preferred lane, Anderson's 7.056-second, 194.80 mph pass was not enough to hold off his opponent, who used the quickest pass of the round at 6.998 second to gain the victory. Even so, the three-time champion saw cause for optimism as the Full Throttle Drag Racing Series looked to return to more typical conditions in Brainerd, MN following a two-week break.
"I guess we were never able to conquer the mountain this weekend," said Anderson. "This is a tough place to race that we try and figure out every year, and even though our Summit Racing team has had its fair share of success at Bandimere, we've never been completely comfortable racing here. We tried a few things throughout the weekend and got close on a couple runs in qualifying, but just couldn't get as good a handle on the tune-up as some of our competitors did today. We'll just sweep this one under the rug until next year, head home to regroup and get ready for Brainerd.
"Still, we're very happy with the product we have. These last two months have been tough, so we're looking forward to the two-week break between races. However, we are also hoping to make some gains on both our engines and cars during that time. We may have gotten off on the tune-up here this weekend, but I know when we get to Brainerd we'll have two good Summit Racing Pontiacs, so we will be back in the thick of the battle."
-source: kb racing