Anderson wins in Memphis MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Greg Anderson, driver of the Vegas General Construction Pontiac Grand Am, enter eliminations at the rain delayed 16th annual O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals in the second position on the Pro Stock ladder....
Anderson wins in Memphis
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Greg Anderson, driver of the Vegas General Construction Pontiac Grand Am, enter eliminations at the rain delayed 16th annual O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals in the second position on the Pro Stock ladder. It was in the Saturday morning session of qualifying where Anderson drove his Pontiac to a 6.759 / 204.23 mph to earn the Number 2 birth.
In Round 1 of eliminations Anderson met Number 15 qualifier Steve Schmidt. Schmidt took the advantage on the starting line, but it would not be enough to hold off Anderson. Anderson ran a 6.805 / 202.18 mph to defeat Schmidt with a 6.894 / 200.14 mph
Round 2 was not only a big round in terms of the race, but was probably the biggest round win of the year for Anderson. He met his old friend and closest rival for the Pro Stock championship Kurt Johnson. A last minute lane change by Anderson proven to be enough to rattle Johnson's concentration. Johnson gave the win light to Anderson at the starting line when he red lit. Anderson ran a 6.813 / 203.03 mph to a red lighting Johnson who ran a 6.827 / 201.16 mph.
The Semi-finals place Anderson across for Mike Edwards. Edwards took the starting line advantage with a perfect .000 of a second light. Even with a perfect light, Anderson was able to power past him the take the win. Anderson ran a 6.816 / 203.06 mph to defeat Edwards with a 6.861 / 200.23 mph.
The final round placed Anderson opposite POWERade Pro Stock Champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. The two racers had nearly identical reaction times at the starting line but for the ninth time this season, Anderson took the win at the finish line. Anderson ran a 6.814 / 202.67 mph to defeat Coughlin with a 6.825 / 200.95 mph. This is the third consecutive win for Anderson.
"This is awesome," said Anderson of Charlotte, NC. "This was a big race for this Vegas General Construction team. In the last two years, this race has been a problem for us. We have never qualified well here, or even won a round. We came feeling like we had a score to settle with this racetrack. I think today we even that score."
"Pro Stock racing is so competitive. Any time you can win one of these things it is big, but getting past Kurt (Johnson) in the second round, well that was huge. That second round win puts us a little further out in front of him for the championship, but I am not ready to relax yet. We still have five races yet to run. Anything can happen between now and the end of the season."
The next race on the 2003 POWERade Drag Racing schedule will be the 3rd annual Car Quest Auto Part Nationals in Chicago, Ill on Sept. 26-28.
Anderson Quick Facts
Currently #1 in 2003 NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Points (1570points)