Anderson Kicks Off Title Defense with Semifinal Showing in Pomona
Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock racer Greg Anderson started his day at the NHRA Kragen O'Reilly Winternationals by receiving the championship ring and jacket symbolic of his 2010 Full Throttle Drag Racing Series championship. He then proceeded to start the defense of said title, starting from the second position. Things went according to plan in the first round, as Anderson improved upon his qualifying performance with a 6.540-second, 211.86 mph run to defeat second-year runner Shane Gray, who had finished fourth in last year's standings.
Anderson and his KB Racing team stepped up their performance even further in the second round, posting the quickest time of the round at 6.531 seconds with a top speed of 211.00 mph to defeat rival Kurt Johnson. This set the stage for an all Summit Racing semifinal, as Anderson would square off against his teammate Jason Line for the right to go to the final.
Running in the left-hand lane, Anderson tripped the finish line timers in 6.563 seconds with a top speed of 211.10 mph. Unfortunately, it would not be enough to hold off his stablemate's charge, starting with a near-perfect .001 reaction time and ending with an impressive 6.532-second, 211.76 mph run. Although disappointed to miss advancing to his sixth Winternationals final in the last eight years, the four-time champion was pleased that it was his teammate that had ended his day, especially as Line went on to win the race.
"I got waxed by the race winner, but in this case that's okay," joked Anderson. "The Summit/KB Racing team had a good weekend. After having my transporter catch fire four days after the season, we certainly had an uphill battle during the winter, to come out here to the Winternationals and put three Summit Racing Pontiacs in the semifinals was almost more than we could ask for, so we're pretty darn happy.
"My Summit Racing Pontiac was good all weekend, and it was definitely a race-winning car. Unfortunately, against Jason I blinked at the wrong time and had a bad light, while he went .001. As well as he ran, it wouldn't have mattered, because he had the drive today. He wanted that win and he took it.
"We know we still have work to do, but this showing gives us a tremendous attitude going into Gainesville, where we'll see if we can keep the ball rolling. We still need to gain on our project, because we did lose a little time during the off-season, but we're going to go back home and work hard with smiles on our faces. We're leaving Pomona with a Wally, which is great for morale, making us want to dig harder and make more gains with these race cars and these engines, so we can show up in Gainesville with a better product."
-source: kb racing