Englishtown: Greg Anderson preview

Chemistry key for Anderson as Englishtown approaches ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 14, 2006) -- Although it won't officially be recognized as a record, with a run from somewhere in outer space, Greg Anderson, driver of the KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit...

Chemistry key for Anderson as Englishtown approaches

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 14, 2006) -- Although it won't officially be recognized as a record, with a run from somewhere in outer space, Greg Anderson, driver of the KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment-backed Pro Stock Pontiac GTO, recorded the quickest pass in the history of the Pro Stock category, a 6.620 second elapsed time in the final round, to win the King Demon Crown, a non-points Pro Stock bonus event at Route 66 Raceway last weekend.

The three-time defending Pro Stock champion claimed his second King Demon Crown in three final-round appearances by taking out teammate Jason Line in the title round. He also won the event in 2004. Anderson's top speed of 208.20 mph in the final round of the King Demon Crown is the fastest ever recorded by a Pontiac GTO in NHRA Pro Stock competition.

Following these heroics on Saturday, Anderson than advanced to the final round of the NHRA CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals on Sunday before losing. This final-round appearance at Joliet was Anderson's fourth this season (Pomona, Phoenix, Bristol, and Joliet), the most this year of any driver in Pro Stock. He has one win, that coming at the season-opening Winternationals in Pomona.

But that was last weekend. This weekend the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing series moves to the east coast and the 37th annual K&N Filters Supernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J. The K&N Filters Supernationals is the second of three back-to-back-to-back races in the month of June.

Anderson has not been to a final round at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park since 2003, a trend he hopes to change this weekend. He has two wins in three final rounds at Englishtown, defeating Jeg Coughlin in 2002 and Darrell Alderman in 2003, and was also runner-up to Coughlin in 2000.

The Minnesota-native, North Carolina-transplant does feel that some things need to change for the better as he approaches the midpoint of the 2006 season and that those things are not too far away. "We need to try and regain the team chemistry and the consistency of the Summit Racing Pontiac and driver which we have displayed the last three years. I believe that we are getting very close to achieving that chemistry," said Anderson, on the eve of Englishtown.

Entering qualifying for the NHRA K&N Filters Supernationals, Anderson continues to lead the standings for the 2006 NHRA POWERade Pro Stock championship. He has 726 points and is 110 points ahead of Jim Yates in second and 114 points in front of his teammate Jason Line, who is No. 3. Only 162 points separate the top five Pro Stock drivers.

Qualifying for Anderson and his KB Racing LLC/Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock Pontiac GTO begins with two Pro Stock sessions on Friday, June 16, scheduled for 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. and concludes with two additional Pro Stock sessions on Saturday, June 17, at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Anderson begins his quest for the K&N Filters Supernationals Pro Stock title on Sunday, June 18, with eliminations for all classes beginning at 11 a.m. All times are local Englishtown, N.J. time (ET) and subject to change at anytime.

Qualifying highlights for 37th annual K&N Filters Supernationals can be seen on ESPN2 on Saturday (June 17) from 5-7 p.m. ESPN2 will also air same-day television coverage of eliminations from 4-7 p.m. (Sunday, June 18). The elimination show repeats early Tuesday morning (June 20) from 2-4 a.m. Also, tune in to NHRA2Day on ESPN2, the weekly show that gives you the latest information about the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. NHRA2Day can be seen on Sunday morning, June 18, from 11:30 a.m. - 12 noon. Television times are Eastern Time (ET) and subject to change at anytime. Check local listings.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Darrell Alderman , Greg Anderson , Jason Line