Anderson, Line denied King Demon Crown JOLIET, Ill. (June 9, 2007) -- This year's 23rd running of the NHRA King Demon Crown, a special race-within-a-race event for Pro Stock drivers run today in conjunction with the 10th annual NHRA ...
Anderson, Line denied King Demon Crown
JOLIET, Ill. (June 9, 2007) -- This year's 23rd running of the NHRA King Demon Crown, a special race-within-a-race event for Pro Stock drivers run today in conjunction with the 10th annual NHRA Torco Racing Fuels Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., is now in the history books.
Greg Anderson, driver of the KB Racing LLC, Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac lost to Kurt Johnson in the semifinals, while Jason Line, in an identical looking Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac to Anderson, was turned back in the opening round by Greg Stanfield.
For the first time in the last five King Demon Crown events a KB Racing LLC, Summit Racing Pontiac is not in the final round.
"Both Jason and I came into this King Demon Crown race with what we thought was a winning package," said Anderson, following his and Jason's exit from the King Demon Crown. "We made great runs yesterday. Obviously, the conditions changed today and we didn't change with it. The track was hot and sticky. Simply, we just made the wrong adjustments.
"Jason's car was a little bit better than mine today, but neither one of us was on the top of our game when it came to driving today. The King Demon deal is behind us and we now concentrating on the race and the points. We'll review all our data from yesterday and today and hopefully make the right adjustments for the race."
Racers accrued points based on their qualifying position at each of the 22 national events contested preceding this year's King Demon Crown event. A No. 1 qualifying effort is worth 175 points, dropping 10 points per position through No. 4, which is worth 145 points. The No. 5 qualifier is awarded 140 points, dropping 5 points per position 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 KB Racing duo of Anderson and Line collected 17 of the 22 available No. 1 qualifying spots during the 22-race qualifying span for the King Demon Crown Three-time NHRA POWERade Pro Stock champion Anderson, who won the King Demon Crown last year and in 2004 and was runner-up in 2003, collected 11 No. 1s during the qualifying span. Reigning NHRA POWERade Pro Stock champion Line, with six No. 1s during the qualifying span, was runner-up for the Crown in 2006 and 2005.