Englishtown: Greg Anderson eliminations summary

Anderson Dominates in Englishtown ENGLISHTOWN, NJ -- Today at the 34th annual K & N Filters SuperNationals in Englishtown, NJ, Greg Anderson ran away with from the rest of the Pro Stock field on his way to winning his third race of the 2003 ...

Anderson Dominates in Englishtown

ENGLISHTOWN, NJ -- Today at the 34th annual K & N Filters SuperNationals in Englishtown, NJ, Greg Anderson ran away with from the rest of the Pro Stock field on his way to winning his third race of the 2003 POWERade Drag Racing season.

Anderson, driver of the Vegas General Construction Pontiac Grand Am, entered eliminations in the Number 1 position on the Pro Stock ladder. After resetting the Pro Stock National ET and Speed record three times over the coarse of the weekend, it was his third round 6.684 / 207.08 mph which netted him the pole position.

In Round 1 Sunday morning Anderson was paired against Greg Stanfield. Anderson took the advantage at the starting line and maintained that advantage to handily defeat Stanfield. Anderson ran a 6.693/ 206.70 mph to defeat Stanfield with a 6.742 / 205.63 mph.

Anderson opponent in Round 2 would be Terry Adams. Adams knew going into Round 2 that Anderson had a distinct performance advantage over him. The only way Adams could pull out a win was a leave the starting line well before Anderson, and hopefully holds the lead to the finish line. The result was that the over eager Adams left too early giving the win the Anderson. Anderson ran a 6.670 / 207.18 mph to a red lighting Adams at a 6.720 / 205.72 mph. Anderson run of 6.670 at 207.18 mph also reset the National ET and Speed records for the fourth time during the event.

The Semi-Finals place Anderson across from old friend Kurt Johnson. Johnson took the advantage at the starting line, but became loose down track as did Anderson. Both drivers had to get on and off the throttle to maintain control of their cars, but at the top end it was Anderson who took the win light. Anderson ran a 6.820 / 198.82 mph to defeat Johnson with a 7.551 / 149.76 mph.

In the final round, Anderson raced POWERade Champion Darrell Alderman. When the lights went green Anderson took the starting line advantage and stayed out in front of Alderman to take the win. Anderson ran a 6.724 / 205.98 mph to Alderman's 6.747 / 205.18 mph.

Winning the K & N Filters SuperNationals pushed Anderson back to Number 1 in the POWERade Pro Stock points standings.

"This was a very, good weekend," said Anderson of Charlotte, NC "We did almost everything we could possibly do here this weekend. Being Number 1 qualifier is always great, but setting a national record (NHRA awards 20 bonus points for setting a National ET record) is only going to help us in the points. We redeemed ourselves for loosing the Demon race yesterday, by winning this race today. We would have liked to have it all, but I am not giving any of it back.

" I can't say enough about this car. This is by far the best ride I have ever had. We have so much power under the hood of this Grand Am, that it is some times scary.

"In the semi's we had so much horsepower, that combined with the cold racetrack, gave me one wild ride. I got just a little bit out of the grove and nearly lost it. Kurt (Johnson) did the same thing; it looked like a top fuel peddling battle out there. As sloppy as it was I was very relieve when I saw the win light.

"I am telling you right now I am living the dream. I have everything: a great racecar, a great team owner, a great crew, and a great family. Winning is what we come here to do, but to come here and dominate the way we did this weekend is very satisfying. It is satisfying because we are seeing the result of all the hard work we put in to this race program. The result of all the late nights and sacrifices that everyone on this team makes. A win like this makes it all worthwhile."

The next race on 2003 POWERade Drag Racing schedule will be the 15th annual O'Reilly Summer Nationals in Topeka, Kan. May 23-25.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Darrell Alderman , Kurt Johnson , Greg Anderson , Greg Stanfield , Terry Adams