Gainesville: Greg Anderson preview

Reigning Pro Stock Champion Anderson sets sights on first Gainesville victory Considering all the success the KB Racing Team and Greg Anderson enjoyed last season, including a record 12 event wins, 14 number 1 qualifying positions and 15...

Reigning Pro Stock Champion Anderson sets sights on first Gainesville victory

Considering all the success the KB Racing Team and Greg Anderson enjoyed last season, including a record 12 event wins, 14 number 1 qualifying positions

and 15 final round appearances, the upcoming Mac Tools Gatornationals remains one race that has eluded Greg throughout his Pro Stock driving career.

"I'm due," explains Anderson. "Gainesville is a terrific track, it has an extremely smooth racing surface with excellent bite which Pro Stock cars really like. The racing atmosphere and Florida fans are wonderful and there's usually a large following of knowledgeable NHRA Pro Stock fans at Gainesville. It's also one of our sponsor's premier events and for whatever reason I always seem to do well at Mac Tool events."

Although the reigning Pro Stock POWERade Champion is currently on a qualifying terror, even while the KB Racing Team occupied the number 1 qualifying spot at both the K&N Filters Winternationals and the Checker Schuck's Kragen Nationals, Greg still feels there is plenty of room for improvement with both cars.

"We'll spend a couple of days testing next week to work on some set-up issues with both cars. I'm particularly concerned with Jason's car where we seem to be continually taking one step forward and two steps back. There's no reason Jason's racecar can't be consistently within a hundredth or two of my Haas car. Our engines dyno within 3-4 h.p. of each other and we won 12 events in a Bickel chassis last season so we know they're both capable racecars."

In addition to his Winternationals victory and semi-finalist finish at Phoenix, Anderson also went two for two, setting track records for both ET and MPH at both Pomona and Phoenix. He also garnered low elapsed time and top speed honors in every round of NHRA Pro Stock competition year to date. "If the Florida weather stays on the cool side, track records could definitely be in jeopardy."

The NHRA Phoenix event presented the first hot weather track conditions this season. For the first time all the teams were exposed to a hot, greasy track and the new bead lock tire combination.

"We're optimistic that both teams will rebound from last weeks Phoenix event. I'm gratified with the progress we're making early in the season and our new crew personnel Dan Tillman and Nate VanWassenhove have both proven to be great additions to the KB Racing team."

"Congratulations to Kurt Johnson and his crew on their Phoenix win, the fans can look forward to an exciting NHRA POWERade Pro Stock season."

-kbr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Kurt Johnson , Greg Anderson