Anderson misses double-up bonus Runner-up to KJ at Route 66 Raceway JOLIET, Ill. (June 11, 2006) -- After running the quickest-ever elapsed time for a Pro Stock car last evening, a pass of 6.620 seconds to win the King Demon Crown, Anderson...
Anderson misses double-up bonus
Runner-up to KJ at Route 66 Raceway
JOLIET, Ill. (June 11, 2006) -- After running the quickest-ever elapsed time for a Pro Stock car last evening, a pass of 6.620 seconds to win the King Demon Crown, Anderson set his sights today on winning the Pro Stock title and the $25,000 bonus from NHRA that comes with winning both yesterday's King Demon Crown and today's NHRA CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals.
Anderson, who drives the Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac GTO for KB Racing LLC, came up short, finishing runner-up to Kurt Johnson (KJ) -- No double up for Anderson.
KJ became only the second repeat Pro Stock winner in 2006. For Anderson it was his 61st career final round. The Duluth, Minn. born Anderson, who now lives in the Charlotte, N.C. area, has 40 career wins.
In the opening round Anderson turned back his former mentor Warren Johnson (WJ). Anderson worked for WJ for 12 years as a crew member, tuner and crew chief during four of Johnson's six NHRA Pro Stock championships, before becoming a driver himself. It was Anderson from start to finish, running an elapsed time of 6.658 seconds to 6.713 seconds for WJ.
In round two, Anderson was out first again. This time he was against Allen Johnson, who got loose during the pass, possibly from tire shake. Anderson cruised to a win light in 6.669 seconds.
Against Richie Stevens, Jr. in the semifinals, Anderson was handed a free pass to the final round when Stevens left too early and saw the red light. For the record, Anderson covered the quarter-mile in 6.644 seconds. Stevens recorded a 6.669 second pass, but all in vain due to the foul start.
Good friend from Anderson's days with Kurt's father Warren, the friendship between the pair stops at the starting line and resumes after the race is over. In today's final round, KJ was out first at the green starting light and then held off the hard charging Anderson down the entire 1320 foot Route 66 Raceway track. Anderson crossed the finish line in his Summit Pontiac in 6.641 seconds, .0333 of a second behind Johnson, who recorded a run of 6.646 seconds in his ACDelco Chevy Cobalt.
As a result of today's final round, Route 66 Raceway continues to be one of two tracks on the 2006 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule that Anderson has not posted a win, the other being Richmond's Virginia Motorsports Park.
The three-time and reigning Pro Stock champion, Anderson maintained his lead in the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock point standings, a position he has held since the season-opening Winternationals.
It should be noted that Anderson's 6.620 pass in the final round of the King Demon Crown, a special bonus race for only Pro Stock cars, is a record that will only be good fodder for conversation, as it will not count as a national record because it didn't take place as part of the qualifying or elimination racing at the national event this weekend.