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Pontiac Makes Unofficial Record Run in King Demon Crown Finals Teammates Anderson, Line in All-Pontiac GTO Finals at Route 66 Raceway Click here to download high resolution image JOLIET, Ill., June 10, 2006 - Although it will never show up in...

Pontiac Makes Unofficial Record Run in King Demon Crown Finals

Teammates Anderson, Line in All-Pontiac GTO Finals at Route 66 Raceway Click here to download high resolution image

JOLIET, Ill., June 10, 2006 - Although it will never show up in the NHRA record books, Summit Racing Pontiac teammates Greg Anderson and Jason Line made a run for the ages in today's King Demon Crown final-round match-up. The King Demon Crown is a non-points bonus Pro Stock event held in conjunction with this weekend's 9th annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway. The King Demon Crown features the top eight Pro Stock drivers who have accumulated the moist points in qualifying during the past year in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series with $50,000 going to the winner. Drivers began earning points beginning with this race at Route 66 Raceway last year, accumulating points up through the O'Reilly Summer Nationals at Topeka two weeks ago.

Anderson delivered the quickest run ever made in a Pro Stock car in the finals, but his record isn't recognized since qualifying was completed and this was just a final of a non-points event. The three-time defending Pro Stock champ claimed his second King Demon Crown win (2004) in three final-round appearances, powering his Summit Racing Pontiac GTO to a blistering elapsed time of 6.620 seconds at 208.20 mph. Teammate Line held up his end of the bargain in his Summit Racing Pontiac GTO with an impressive elapsed time of 6.637 seconds at 207.53 mph. The margin of victory was .0036 seconds and if it was recognized, this would have been the quickest side-by-side contest in class history.

"I don't know what to say," said Anderson. "It just felt great. We stumbled last night when the track got cold, and we shook the tires a bit in low gear. We were a little disappointed and we were scared coming into tonight. Even in the semifinals here when the track cooled down, we shook the tires again when I ran the .65, and we thought it's going to do nothing but get colder. We had to try something because we do not have this cold-track deal figured out. We made a move on the car and obviously it was the right direction. It just made a sweet run.

"I looked over in high gear and I could not tell who was ahead. I looked and I thought, 'You know, I'm not going to drive around this guy. It's our own stuff, it's our own power.' I didn't know in which lane the win light would come on. It just looked like a deadlock, but for some reason my car ran a little better the last couple of hundred feet and it got the light. It was just the greatest drag race I've ever been a part of. It was just a lot of fun, and it's the neatest deal when you can come out and run numbers like that. That's exciting and it's just fun to be a driver when it's like that. It's kind of a bummer we couldn't set a national record because qualifying was over, but at least we know we can do it. We know how we did it, and we know we can do it if we ever get the chance again and get these air conditions again. We've got a lot of confidence going into tomorrow. There's a lot of tough cars out there, obviously, that can run that fast. We had a good day today and hopefully we can have an even better day tomorrow."

In the first round of today's King Demon Crown, event No. 1 qualifier Richie Stevens Jr. in a Dodge drove around Kurt Johnson in the ACDelco Chevy Cobalt with an elapsed time of 6.677 seconds at 206.20 mph to Johnson's 6.695 and 206.83. Anderson drove his Pontiac to an elapsed time of 6.664 seconds at 206.89 mph to V. Gaines' red-light start. In the bottom half of the bracket Line drove his Pontiac to a 6.694 e.t. and 206.07 mph to another red-light foul by Allen Johnson. Erica Enders in her Slammers Ultimate Milk Chevy Cobalt had a hole-shot win over Warren Johnson's GM Performance Parts Pontiac GTO. Enders had a 6.703 e.t. at 205.88 mph to Johnson's quicker elapsed time of 6.685 seconds at 206.23 mph.

In the semifinals, Anderson ran an elapsed time of 6.656 seconds at 206.89 mph to Stevens' 6.701 e.t. at 206.48 mph. Line drove his Pontiac around Enders in the other semifinals with an elapsed time of 6.650 seconds at 206.67 mph to Enders' 6.718 at 206.48 to reach the King Demon Crown finals for the second consecutive year.

"Yea, I guess I'm the bridesmaid," said Line, "but it was good, it was fun. To be honest, I was surprised that my win light didn't come on because the run really felt nice. We kind of used it as a test session, so it was really cool and it gives us a nice shot in the arm going into tomorrow for sure. We learned a couple of things. But I'm happy for Greg and the whole Summit Racing team, and again appreciate Barry (Grant) putting the deal on. We've really struggled all year, so I hope we're getting a better handle on it."

"Jason's become quite a driver," said Anderson. "He always seems to do his best job when we run. I guess the pressure comes off and he has fun and relaxes. He ran 6.63 with a .017 light and loses. That's just a heck of a job on his part, and a heck of a job on the entire team's part. I couldn't be prouder to be part of this organization. It's a neat, neat deal."

Anderson claimed the $50,000 winner's check and will receive a $25,000 "double-up" bonus from NHRA if he wins tomorrow's eliminations. He is qualified fifth and faces off against Warren Johnson in the first round tomorrow. Line received $10,000 for his runner-up effort.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Richie Stevens Jr. , Kurt Johnson , Warren Johnson , Greg Anderson , Allen Johnson