Las Vegas: Greg Anderson eliminations summary

Anderson Wins The Summitracing.com Nationals. LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Today at the 4th annual Summitracing.com Nationals in Las Vegas, Nev., Greg Anderson entered Pro Stock eliminations in the Number 1 position. Anderson, driver of the Vegas General...

Anderson Wins The Summitracing.com Nationals.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Today at the 4th annual Summitracing.com Nationals in Las Vegas, Nev., Greg Anderson entered Pro Stock eliminations in the Number 1 position. Anderson, driver of the Vegas General Construction Pontiac Grand Am, shattered both the track ET record and mile per hour record when he drove his Grand Am to a 6.880 / 201.28 mph to secure his position at the top Pro Stock qualifying order.

Anderson, of Concord, N.C., met POWERade Champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. in Round 1 of eliminations. The last time Anderson and Coughlin met was in the semi-final round in Phoenix, Ariz., where Anderson took the win light.

When the lights went green, Coughlin took a huge lead when he cut a .009 of a second light to Anderson's .049, but today would be Anderson's day when he ran Coughlin down on the top end of the track. Anderson ran a 6.875 / 201.19 mph to defeat Coughlin with a 6.949 / 199.11 mph.

"That was a big one," said Anderson. "Every round out here is a big round, but when ever you can get past Jeggie it is big. It is a good feeling to win that one, but I have a lot more work left to do today."

In Round 2 Anderson was paired against Barry Grant. A malfunction in Grant car caused him to red light handing the victory to Anderson. Anderson ran a 6.888 / 201.10 mph to defeat grant with no time.

The Semi-finals place Anderson across from his old boss Warren Johnson. Johnson took the advantage at the starting line, but tire shake caused him to get off the throttle, giving the win to Anderson. Anderson ran a 6.901 / 201.16 defeating Johnson with a 7.167 / 177.52 mph.

The final round had Anderson pitted against Kurt Johnson. Johnson had lane choice and place Anderson in the right lane, but Anderson made up for the poor lane by cutting a .016 of a second light to Johnson's .051 light. Anderson was out ahead of Johnson at the starting and held his lead to take the win. Anderson ran a 6.907 / 200.96 mph to defeat Johnson with a quicker, but losing 6.896 / 201.10 mph.

"I am on top of the world right now," said Anderson. "We came here prepared and it showed. We really focused on this race because of our debacle three months ago. Not qualifying here last fall was embarrassing, and we were determined to not let it happen again.

"My hearth sunk when I lost lane choice in the semis. I lost a little faith when Kurt put in the right lane. Every car that was in that lane today could not get down it. It says so much about what a great bunch of guys I have, and what a great car I have. We dug down deep and made this win happen.

"To know the car is running at the top of the pack, and can win at any racetrack, is a good feeling. It is early in the season, but we are going to be tough. Don't think this is a fluke. We have more ammunition in our belt and we are not going away

"I so happy for my team owner, Ken Black. I cannot think of a better way to repay him for all he does for the team and me. This is his Ken's hometown and his family, employees, and pretty much everybody he knows is here to see this. To be able to make this happen for him is the greatest gift I can give him, and the best way I can think of to say thanks for all he does."

POWERade Drag Racing circuit will be the 16th annual O'Reilly Spring Nationals in Houston, Texas April 10 -- 13.

-kbr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Kurt Johnson , Warren Johnson , Greg Anderson , Barry Grant , Ken Black