Anderson looks to St. Louis for the car and driver to be at the peek of performance MADISON, Ill. (June 21, 2006) -- Greg Anderson, driver of the KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment-backed Pontiac GTO, is the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock...
Anderson looks to St. Louis for the car and driver to be at the peek of performance
MADISON, Ill. (June 21, 2006) -- Greg Anderson, driver of the KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment-backed Pontiac GTO, is the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock point leader entering this weekend's 10th annual NHRA O'Reilly Midwest Nationals, but the three-time and reigning champ is not happy with his performance or his car.
After last weekend's race in Englishtown, N.J., Anderson had the following thoughts: "We need to improve driver and car and make them both faster. (At Englishtown) I was a tick late off the light; the car was a tick off and in NHRA POWERade Pro Stock right now that usually results in a loss. I didn't have a lot of luck going for me but I should know that you have to create your own luck. I'm not doing that right now and I have to find a way to do that if we want to win that fourth championship."
"There are definitely some things we need to work on," reflected Anderson. "We're lacking a little bit of consistency, without a doubt, and the car's not making any spectacular runs, and it's not making two runs in a row, to be honest with you.
"At the same time, the bottom line, I'm not getting it done on the starting line. I don't know how many races in a row I've gotten beat running quicker than the guy in the other lane - that can't happen. I can't point the blame at anybody. I haven't been driving as good as I need to drive, and the car hasn't been bailing me out like it has in the past. I'm the first screw up, but we have to fix them both if we want to win again."
Anderson now looks to St. Louis and Gateway International Raceway, the site of this weekend's event, to turnaround what he considers a substandard season.
"It's usually hot to very hot anytime we are in St. Louis," said Anderson, as he prepared for the O'Reilly Midwest Nationals. "Our hot weather set up seems to suit the car fine, now the driver just has to do his part. We are not doing as well as we would like this season and need to establish in St. Louis that we are the car to beat during the hot summer months. It's going to be a long, hot summer and we have to do everything right from here on out if we want to win a fourth NHRA POWERade championship for Ken Black, Summit Racing Equipment and Pontiac."
Anderson and his teammate, Jason Line, currently sit atop the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock point standings heading into qualifying for the NHRA O'Reilly Midwest Nationals. Anderson leads the way with 763 points, while Line is No. 2 with 726 points. Only 124 points separate No. 1 from No. 5.
Qualifying and eliminations for this event are run in the late afternoon on into the evening. Qualifying for Anderson and his KB Racing LLC/Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock Pontiac GTO begins with two Pro Stock sessions on Friday, June 23, scheduled for 5 and 8 p.m. and concludes with two additional Pro Stock sessions on Saturday, June 24, at 2 and 7 p.m. The Duluth, Minn.-native, North Carolina-transplant then begins his quest for the O'Reilly Midwest Nationals Pro Stock title on Sunday, June 25, with eliminations for all professional classes beginning at 3 p.m. All times are local St. Louis time (CT) and subject to change at anytime.