Anderson turned back by teammate in semifinals MORRISON, Colo. (July 16, 2006) -- Three time and defending NHRA POWERade Pro Stock champion Greg Anderson advancing to the semifinal round before being turned back by his teammate Jason Line at the...
Anderson turned back by teammate in semifinals
MORRISON, Colo. (July 16, 2006) -- Three time and defending NHRA POWERade Pro Stock champion Greg Anderson advancing to the semifinal round before being turned back by his teammate Jason Line at the 27th running of the NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals.
It was all over at the starting line in the opening round for Tommy Lee, who took over for Erica Enders, who had vacated the seat of the Chevy Cobalt and moved to another team, when he red lighted, handing Anderson a free pass to the second round against Ron Krisher.
With the quickest elapsed time of the second round of eliminations, Anderson earned lane choice against Line in the semifinals when he turned back Ron Krisher with a stout 7.107-second pass in his KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment-backed Pro Stock Pontiac GTO.
In the semifinals, Anderson gave away five hundredths at the green light start and Line led from start to finish running a pass of 7.124 seconds to a 7.157-second pass for Anderson.
"I made a good run in the second round and cut a good light," said Anderson following the loss to his teammate. "I was starting to think maybe things are turning around. Then in the semifinals things went the other way and I had a .101 light (reaction time). At the same time the car had a horrible run. The driver didn't do his part and the car didn't perform like it should, but the bottom line is that I got beat by a better car and driver today.
"Summit doesn't get the trophy today and that's a bummer because we had two great cars this weekend. I really felt that we had the two best cars on the track. My new Pontiac GTO has potential; it's going to be fine. We as a team have got to make it work and I have to drive the thing."
Although Anderson advanced to the semifinal round he took a hit in points. For the first time since the season opening race in Pomona, Anderson, who now has 875 points, will relinquish the lead in the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock point standings. Line, who finished in the runner-up position, will take over the lead with 897 points. Dave Connolly, who won the Pro Stock title here, is third with 846 points.
The Western Swing, three races on three consecutive weekends in July, continues. The NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series now moves to Pacific Raceways in Kent Wash., near Seattle. The second of the three races, the NHRA Schuck's Auto Supply Nationals, will get underway on Friday, July 21.
ESPN2 will air same-day television coverage of eliminations for the NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals from 9 p.m. until 12 midnight (Sunday, July 16). The elimination show repeats early Monday morning (July 17) from 2:30-4:30 a.m. Television times are Eastern Time (ET) and subject to change at anytime. Check local listings.