Englishtown: GM Racing Friday summary

Greg Anderson's Pontiac Grand Am runs fastest Pro Stock speed in NHRA history. ENGLISHTOWN, N.J., May 16, 2003 - Greg Anderson's Pontiac SC/T Grand Am ran the fastest top speed in NHRA history during the first and only qualifying session today...

Greg Anderson's Pontiac Grand Am runs fastest Pro Stock speed in NHRA history.

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J., May 16, 2003 - Greg Anderson's Pontiac SC/T Grand Am ran the fastest top speed in NHRA history during the first and only qualifying session today at the K & N Supernationals. In a day cut short by rain, Anderson took the No. 1 qualifying position and set both ends of the Old Bridge track record with a run of 6.723 seconds (career best) at 205.91 MPH. Anderson needs to run within one percent of his top speed either tomorrow or Sunday to establish a new national record.

"It's certainly exciting to drive this Pontiac when the weather conditions are like this," said Anderson. "We didn't quite get it all, there's certainly more left in this Grand Am, but it was a good lap - just to get through the goalposts in conditions like this is going to be pretty good. I still think, whether it's Warren (Johnson), Kurt (Johnson), maybe Jeggie (Coughlin), maybe Krisher, or myself, somebody is going to run a 6.69 or a 6.70 tomorrow. I need to make that happen. Someone's going to do it, someone's going to get the record and the 20 extra bonus points, and we need to make sure we get it done.

"It's hard to make a smooth run in the car when the atmospheric conditions get this good. It's only on rare occasions when we have an opportunity to run in air like this, and we just don't have enough data to make the right calls. We're all taking a swing at a big fat pitch, but you can't go up there running in an adjusted altitude of 400 feet below sea level with the same setup you used two weeks ago in 2000 feet of air - that won't work. You make a bunch of changes and if you're lucky, you hit it just right."

After his first DNQ in 76 races two weeks ago in Atlanta, Ron Krisher climbed into a new Chevrolet Cavalier and took the No. 3 qualifying position with a career-best run of 6.727 seconds at 205.41 mph.

"It feels a lot better tonight than it did two weeks ago, that's for sure," said Krisher. "We still have to learn how to race this new Chevrolet, and we didn't make a pretty run by any stretch of the imagination, but it went pretty fast. I'd say this Valvoline Cavalier will be hanging around the top half of the field for quite awhile. The only thing we know for certain is this racecar is going to be pretty darn fast.

"We used the same engine we've run all year, dropped it into this new car and it's like night and day. Once everyone on the team learns this new car and I get more comfortable driving it, it's going to be even faster. We can make a not-so-pretty run and still qualify No. 3. That's not too bad."

Qualifying highlights for the NHRA Supernationals can be seen on ESPN2 on Saturday, May 17, beginning at 6 p.m. Eastern. Final eliminations will be broadcast on ESPN2 on Sunday, May 18, starting at 7 p.m.

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Drivers Greg Anderson , Ron Krisher