Anderson's Pontiac GTO starts No. 9 MORRISON, Colo. (July 14, 2007) -- Working for everything he got, Greg Anderson finished in the No. 9 position in his KB Racing-owned, Summit Racing Equipment-backed Pontiac GTO as qualifying ended today at...
Anderson's Pontiac GTO starts No. 9
MORRISON, Colo. (July 14, 2007) -- Working for everything he got, Greg Anderson finished in the No. 9 position in his KB Racing-owned, Summit Racing Equipment-backed Pontiac GTO as qualifying ended today at the 28th annual NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals.
Qualifying didn't start out the way that Anderson is used to qualifying. When the first day of qualifying ended, his two runs of 7.112 and 7.098 seconds placed the current NHRA POWERade Pro Stock point leader in the 14th position on the qualifying ladder.
While not being overly superstitious, and being Friday the 13th, the three-time Pro Stock champ champion (2003-2005) isn't among the large number of Triskaidekaphobics who have a morbid fear of this day. "The reason we ran what we did today is that we simply missed the setup due to a combination of things. It is that simple and certainly isn't due to any superstitions," said Anderson.
As the Pro Stock cars began the second day of qualifying on Saturday afternoon, it was hot. The track temperature board at the starting line showed 127 degrees, with the air temperature hovering in the mid-90s. As a result, only the 17th and 18th drivers exchanged positions. The top 16 stayed the same with Anderson, who ran a 7.124-second pass, remaining 14th.
It cooled down slightly for the final qualifying session. Slightly being the operative word. The air temp was 81 degrees while the track registered 116 degrees. Humidity was at 36 percent and the adjusted altitude was 7,553-feet. This allowed the Pro Stock cars some slightly better air and Anderson used the final pass, a 7.075-second elapsed time, to move from the 14th position to No. 9.
"Why aren't we running better," Anderson repeated when asked that question. He then said, "I don't know why. We aren't running good that's why.
Then he added, "Really, we haven't been making clean runs and the engines aren't performing in the altitude as we had hoped. It's kind of a double-edge deal. If we can take another step like we did in that last qualifying run that would help. We picked up five hundredths on the last qualifying run over the one earlier today. If we can do that again and pick up at least half that amount tomorrow in eliminations, I think we'll be alright. There are a lot of things we can do to make it better; we just have to turn the right screws."
At Bandimere Speedway Anderson has one win, that coming in 2004. He goes after win number two tomorrow when he lines up against Justin Humphreys in the opening round. Humphreys qualified No. 8.