Las Vegas II: Greg Anderson final report

Anderson Scores Emotional Win in Las Vegas to Extend Points Lead Las Vegas, NV, October 31, 2010 -- Greg Anderson and the Summit Racing team had a storybook day on Sunday, welcoming team owner Ken Black back to the track by winning the Pro...

Anderson Scores Emotional Win in Las Vegas to Extend Points Lead

Las Vegas, NV, October 31, 2010 -- Greg Anderson and the Summit Racing team had a storybook day on Sunday, welcoming team owner Ken Black back to the track by winning the Pro Stock title at the NHRA Las Vegas Nationals in Las Vegas, NV. Starting from the eleventh position, a determined Anderson overcame a lack of lane choice to eliminate the higher-qualified cars of Rodger Brogdon, Jeg Coughlin and Shane Gray in the earlier rounds before squaring off against teammate Jason Line in the final.

In one of the closest races of the day, Anderson used a .022 reaction time and 6.654-second, 207.43 mph run to edge his running mate at the stripe, as Line posted an equally strong .033 reaction time and 6.656-second, 207.46 mph pass in the losing effort. It was Anderson's fifth win of the season, 65th of his career and seventh at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, propelling him to a commanding 115-point advantage in the championship standings. However, as Anderson noted, today was about the man who had made it all possible, rejoining the team following a ten-month absence due to stroke last December.

"Without a doubt, this is the best day I have ever had at a racetrack," said Anderson. "I am just about speechless, which sounds odd for me. It was truly unbelievable how this Summit Racing team won today. Everything I wished and prayed for came true. The competition in this category is so tough and after qualifying, I obviously didn't have an advantage on anybody. I didn't have lane choice all day and wasn't making particularly good runs, but somebody was just guiding my car to the finish line ahead of the other guy.

"I couldn't have drawn this weekend up any better than it turned out, and the best part is how it's going to impact Ken Black. We were thrilled to have him back at the track with us, and hope our performance today goes a mile towards his recovery. He's already told me he's coming to Pomona, and I absolutely can't wait to see him there."

For the third consecutive race, co-crew chiefs Rob Downing and Tommy Utt were able to transform a car that had struggled in qualifying into one of the quickest and most consistent on race day, allowing Anderson to make his charge. In the opening stanza, he bettered his qualifying time by over a hundredth of a second to upset No. 6 qualifier Rodger Brogdon 6.664 to 6.696. After eliminating arch-rival Coughlin in the second round on a holeshot, Anderson then squared off against Rookie of the Year contender Shane Gray in the semifinals. However, the race was over before it even began, as Gray's red light handed the automatic win to Anderson. This set the stage for the all-Summit Racing final, marking the first time the teammates had squared off for a win since last year's Brainerd race.

"That final was pretty cool," said Anderson. "We have a lot of pride on this Summit Racing team, and I think we've proved over the years that we don't believe in team orders, so we weren't about to start now. After all, you have to feel like you earned the win. It was a great race, and I was fortunate enough to come out on top.

"I love racing Jason. He's a great competitor and an incredible teammate. He did a great job today taking out Greg Stanfield in the semifinals, because if I had raced Greg in the final and lost, it would have been a whole different ball game. It was just a great team effort, and it starts at the top with Ken Black. I love the man, his family and my entire race team, and feel lucky to be associated with them."

Adding to the KB Racing team's elation was the expansion of their points lead. After coming into the day leading by only 35 points, Anderson took full advantage of his competitors miscues to end the day 115 markers ahead of their closest opponent, putting them in a commanding position heading into the season finale in Pomona two weeks from now.

"It's hard to believe that after the first race of the Countdown we were over 100 points behind Mike (Edwards)," said Anderson. "However, this Summit Racing team never gave up, and just dug down, finding a way to get our car close to the competition. We're certainly not out-running people, but we give ourselves a chance, and today the cards fell our way. It's been a tough year, and a lot of things have hit our world, but if we can close the deal in Pomona and win this championship it will certainly be one that I will never, ever forget and always cherish.

"I have a lot of people to thank, including everybody from Summit Racing Equipment. A lot of them were out here today cheering us on, and I'm glad that we were able to put both their cars in the final. There's only one way you can race out here, and that's with the support of a quality company like Summit. Their personalities closely match those of this race team, which allows us to work very well together. I couldn't imagine having a better sponsor. As far as I am concerned, I have the best sponsor, the best team owner and the best team, which makes me a very, very lucky man."

-source: kb racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Greg Anderson , Greg Stanfield , Jason Line , Rodger Brogdon , Ken Black , Shane Gray