Joliet: Anderson King Demon challenge summary

Anderson wins King Demon Crown and $50,000 Blazes to quickest ever 6.620 seconds JOLIET, Ill. (June 10, 2006) -- The reigning and three-time Pro Stock champion Greg Anderson showed why he still must be considered...

Anderson wins King Demon Crown and $50,000
Blazes to quickest ever 6.620 seconds

JOLIET, Ill. (June 10, 2006) -- The reigning and three-time Pro Stock champion Greg Anderson showed why he still must be considered a favorite for his fourth consecutive POWERade championship when he won the King Demon Crown, a special event for Pro Stock drivers run in conjunction with this weekend's CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals.

Anderson, 45, who was born in Duluth, Minn., and now lives in the Charlotte, N. C. area, blazed the Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., quarter-mile in 6.620 seconds at 208.20 mph, the quickest elapsed time ever recorded by a Pro Stock car.

In an all KB Racing LLC, Summit Racing Equipment final, it took all Anderson had to turn back his teammate Jason Line, from Wright, Minn., who currently lives in Terrell, N.C., near the team's shop in Mooresville. Line ran a pass of 6.637 seconds, just .004 seconds off the national Pro Stock elapsed time record held by Anderson.

"That was the best drag race I've ever been a part of," Anderson said. "I shoved it in high gear and peeked over and we were dead even. I thought there was no way I could do anything else to get ahead because he has the exact same stuff as we do. Somehow I crept ahead by an inch or two in the last hundred feet.

"For Jason to have a light like that (a .017 second reaction time) and run a 6.63 and still not win is cruel. He's become quite a driver and he always races me tough. I think he just relaxes and has fun when we race one another and that's what it all about. We've got work to do tomorrow but we're going out as a team and celebrating this race tonight. We're gonna spend some of that King Demon money."

For co-crew chiefs Rob Downing and Jeff Perley, who oversee the operation of both Anderson's and Line's Pontiac GTOs, it was a win-win situation.

It was an easy opening round for Anderson, who ran the quickest elapsed time in the first round, defeating V. Gaines, who red lighted by .026 seconds. Anderson recorded a pass of 6.664 seconds at 206.89 mph.

In the semifinals, matched against Richie Stevens, Jr., Stevens got a very small advantage at the green light but the power of Anderson's Pontiac GTO proved the difference. It was a pass of 6.656 seconds for Anderson to 6.701 for Stevens.

Anderson, who won the King Demon Crown in 2004 and was runner-up in 2003, collected $50,000 for today's work and is now eligible for the $10,000 "double-up" bonus from NHRA should he win Sunday's national event.

For co-crew chiefs Rob Downing and Jeff Perley, who oversee the operation of both Anderson's and Line's Pontiac GTOs, it was a win-win situation.

To race in the King Demon Crown, racers accrue points based on their qualifying position at each of the 23 national events preceding the King Demon Crown event. A No. 1 qualifying effort is worth 175 points, down to No. 16, which is worth 85 points. Drivers who do not qualify for an event do not earn points at that race. The top eight point earners then are seeded into the King Demon Crown eliminations.

Although Anderson's final-round pass in the King Demon Crown is the quickest ever it will not count as a national record because it didn't take place as part of the qualifying or elimination racing at this weekend's national event.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Greg Anderson , Jason Line