Memphis: Greg Anderson preview

Points on Anderson's mind with seven races left MILLINGTON, Tenn. (August 16, 2006) -- As the 23-race NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series moves to Memphis Motorsports Park in Memphis, Tenn., for the NHRA O'Reilly Mid-South ...

Points on Anderson's mind with seven races left

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (August 16, 2006) -- As the 23-race NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series moves to Memphis Motorsports Park in Memphis, Tenn., for the NHRA O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals this weekend, Greg Anderson, driver of the KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment-backed Pro Stock Pontiac GTO, seeks to defend the Pro Stock event title he won here last year.

Last weekend, at the race in Brainerd, Minn., the three-time POWERade Pro Stock champ advanced to the semifinal round before losing on a red light to Dave Connolly. The loss and eventual win by Connolly over Anderson's teammate Jason Line, allowed Connolly to close the point gap to 25 points between him and Anderson, who is currently second in the POWERade point standings this year.

"We missed an opportunity in Brainerd for both Jason and I to put some distance between us and Connolly and the remainder of the field," said Anderson, "but we have a new opportunity in Memphis. I would much rather see the POWERade battle between Jason and me than a three- or four-way chase. Therefore, we've got to take every opportunity that comes to us and our Summit Racing Pontiacs this weekend and move away from the others in the point race."

Anderson, who is seeking to join the late Lee Shepherd and Bob Glidden as the only NHRA drivers to win four consecutive Pro Stock titles, is locked in a tenacious battle with Line for the championship but Connolly is coming on strong. With seven races remaining including this weekend's O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals, Line leads second place Anderson by 83 points and third place Dave Connolly by 108 points. Jim Yates is fourth, 253 points back and Kurt Johnson rounds out the top five in fifth, 296 points in arrears.

Anderson holds the Memphis Motorsports Park track record for speed at 204.23 mph, which he set in 2003. He has two wins at Memphis, the first in 2003 over Jeg Coughlin and last year he defeated Kurt Johnson.

Qualifying for Anderson and his KB Racing LLC/Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock Pontiac GTO begins with two Pro Stock sessions on Friday, Aug. 18, scheduled for 4:30 and 7 p.m. and concludes with two additional Pro Stock sessions on Saturday, Aug. 19, at 2 and 6 p.m. Anderson begins his quest for the O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals Pro Stock title on Sunday, Aug. 20, with eliminations for all classes beginning at 3 p.m. NOTE THE LATE START FOR ELIMINATIONS. All times are local Memphis time (CT) and subject to change at anytime.

-credit: kb racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Kurt Johnson , Greg Anderson , Bob Glidden , Jason Line , Dave Connolly