Anderson's Workmanlike Performance Ends in Gainesville Semifinals Summit Racing Pontiac driver Greg Anderson had a solid outing on Sunday, driving to the semifinals of the Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, FL. Starting from the...
Anderson's Workmanlike Performance Ends in Gainesville Semifinals
Summit Racing Pontiac driver Greg Anderson had a solid outing on Sunday, driving to the semifinals of the Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, FL. Starting from the sixth position, Anderson opened by defeating former IHRA champion Steve Spiess on a hole shot, following that performance by parking arch rival Jeg Coughlin in the second round. This set the stage for an all-Summit semifinal, with Anderson facing teammate Jason Line.
Unfortunately, the race was over before it began, as Anderson suffered severe tire shake at the hit of the throttle, forcing him to shut off and allow his stablemate to advance to the final, where he captured his first win of the season. Although naturally pleased by the team's success, the three-time champion nevertheless admitted there was still work to be done.
"The semifinals were really a no-lose situation, because we were guaranteed of having one Summit car in the final," said Anderson. "Therefore, we made some pretty big changes on both cars looking to gain some performance, and we obviously went too far on my car.
"We're holding our own at the moment, which is good for a lot of people, but it's not for us. We're here to win races, and even though Jason did a great job today putting his Summit Pontiac in the winner's circle, we're not running well enough to contend for wins on a regular basis. It's very disappointing to us, and only we can fix it.
"Mike Edwards is doing an absolutely fantastic job, racing virtually error-free, and my hat's off to him. He deserves what he's getting at the moment, and it shows what you can do with these Pro Stock cars. Right now, we're not doing that, and until we are, we won't be satisfied.
"To be honest, we're struggling with our race cars -- we just can't seem to make them happy in the first part of the racetrack, and it is costing us. The tuning window is very narrow, so if there is any sort of a change in the conditions, it will bite us in a hurry. It's certainly not for lack of effort, and we're not about to stop trying.
"We're going to work on getting some flexibility in the tune-up and then we have to get the performance back in them. We still have a lot of work to do, so we'll dig a little deeper, turning over every stone until we find the right one, starting by testing here tomorrow. We will get this figured out -- it's just a matter of time, and until we do, we'll make the most of what we have."
-source: kb racing