Anderson's Vegas Run Ends in the Second Round Heading into Sunday's final eliminations of the Las Vegas NHRA Nationals, Greg Anderson and the Summit Racing team knew they would have to have a nearly perfect day in order to keep ...
Anderson's Vegas Run Ends in the Second Round
Heading into Sunday's final eliminations of the Las Vegas NHRA Nationals, Greg Anderson and the Summit Racing team knew they would have to have a nearly perfect day in order to keep their championship hopes alive. Starting from the fourth position, Anderson opened against his brother-in-law Ronnie Humphrey, who was driving the Summit Racing Pontiac Anderson had used earlier in the year. Although Anderson earned the automatic win when Humphrey left the starting line early, the three-time champion took advantage of the free pass to show his strength, posting aquick 6.679-second elapsed time and 206.86 mph top speed. JUnfortunately, facing noted starting line specialist Greg Stanfield in the second round, Anderson's mount slowed to a 6.705-second time, which, combined with his opponent's starting line advantage and 6.712-second pass, put a premature end to his day. Even though he mathematically remained in contention for the championship when current points leader Mike Edwards suffered a similar fate right behind him, Anderson knew this uncharacteristically early exit would be costly. Therefore, he immediately turned his attention towards the season finale in Pomona two weeks from now, looking forward to making the best of any opportunity presented.
"I don't know what to say," said a disappointed Anderson afterwards. "Our Summit Racing Pontiac started off strong with a pretty good run, but in the second round I didn't have the light I needed, we didn't make the run we wanted to, and we were done. Of course, seeing Mike lose right behind me only compounded the problem, because we missed a perfect opportunity to at least give ourselves a chance for the championship.
"Still, we're not going to dwell on today's performance. We'll sweep this one under the rug and head to Pomona, doing what we can to win the last race of the season with one of our Summit Pontiacs. After that we'll get to work over the winter trying to improve our product, putting ourselves in an even better position for 2010."