Anderson, Line earn No. 1 and No. 2 for a chance at $50,000 in King Demon Crown JOLIET, Ill. (June 3, 2007) -- KB Racing LLC, Summit Racing Equipment drivers, Greg Anderson and Jason Line, qualified for this year's 23rd running of the NHRA King...
Anderson, Line earn No. 1 and No. 2 for a chance at $50,000 in King Demon Crown
JOLIET, Ill. (June 3, 2007) -- KB Racing LLC, Summit Racing Equipment drivers, Greg Anderson and Jason Line, qualified for this year's 23rd running of the NHRA King Demon Crown, a special race-within-a-race event for Pro Stock drivers run next weekend in conjunction with the 10th annual NHRA Torco Racing Fuels Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill.
With qualifying reduced to 22 events, rather than the scheduled 23, due to the cancellation and rescheduling of the Bristol race, Anderson, who was born in Duluth, Minn., and now lives in the Charlotte, N. C. area, secured the No. 1 position of the eight qualified drivers. His teammate Line, who like Anderson, is a Minnesota native, was born in Wright, Minn., and now also lives in the Charlotte, N. C. area, took the No. 2 spot.
Racers accrue points based on their qualifying position at each of the 22 national events contested preceding the 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
The three-time and defending 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, earning the top spot. He accumulated 3,600 points.
"It's a great feather in the cap of crew chief Rob Downing and all the crew on the Summit Racing Pontiac that I drive," said Anderson following the close of qualifying at the NHRA O'Reilly Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka, the final event at which drivers could accumulate points for the King Demon Crown.
"They earned it. Obviously, they are in charge of how that car runs and performs. It's how that car qualifies through the season. It has nothing to do with driver reaction time or anything like that. It's the crew that put us No. 1. I'm just the lucky guy that gets to drive it.
"Starting from the No. 1 position gives me confidence. I think we're peaking at the right time and have a great shot at taking home another big King Demon check."
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, earned the second spot with 3,390 points.
Line echoed Anderson's comments. "The bottom line is that if it was not for the crew on both of these Summit Pontiacs, neither Greg or I would be in a position to go after the King Demon Crown at Chicago. I've been runner-up at the past two King Demon Crown events. This year I would like to take it to the next level. No matter the outcome, we want to keep this title in the KB Racing family," said Line.
Both Anderson and Line will pull their KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac GTOs to the starting line at noon on Saturday, June 9, for the first round of this year's King Demon Crown. In the opening round, Anderson will face V. Gaines, who earned the No. 8 position; while, Line will square off against Greg Stanfield, who qualified seventh.