Strong Start Slots Anderson & Line Third & Fourth on Friday in Norwalk Norwalk, Ohio June 26, 2009 -- Summit Racing teammates Greg Anderson and Jason Line headed into the first day of qualifying at the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in ...
Strong Start Slots Anderson & Line Third & Fourth on Friday in Norwalk
Norwalk, Ohio June 26, 2009 -- Summit Racing teammates Greg Anderson and Jason Line headed into the first day of qualifying at the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio with great anticipation. After battling to get a handle on their Pontiac GXPs in recent weeks, they had worked tirelessly on finding the proper set-up, culminating in a two-day test session earlier in the week. Although pleased with the results, the true test would come under race conditions.
Fortunately, their efforts were rewarded with a solid opening effort, with Anderson's best pass of 6.666 seconds at 207.02 mph placing him third midway through qualifying, one spot ahead of his teammate.
"Today was a decent day for the Summit crew," said Anderson. "We had tested before coming here, and we obviously got both Jason's and my cars a little happier than they've been over the last few months. We were a little lucky in that we tested on a track and under conditions that were very similar to what we have here at Summit Motorsports Park. We've been able to make it pay off so far, and considering we still haven't made what I would consider a perfect run on this racetrack, we know we ca n make it better.
"We think we have a good tune-up for tomorrow when there will be a lot of money on the line in the K&N Horsepower Challenge. We were able to make a couple of very good tune-up runs today, so we should be able to come out of the gate with near-perfect passes, which is what it's going to take to win. We feel really good about things, better, than we have in some time. We believe we have a really good product that we can improve upon, hopefully helping us get a couple wins this weekend. That's a good feeling coming into a Summit race."
Sitting fourth, Line's 6.667 second, 206.73 mph pass was made equally notable in that it was his first day using the 2008 Summit Racing Pontiac GXP Anderson had campaigned in 2008. Like his teammate, he was pleased with their opening effort.
"I don't know if we can completely attribute the improvement to switching cars, because that other Summit Racing GXP was also a great car," said Line. "I think it's more a matter of hitting on the things that had been hurting us for the last few weeks. It was good for today, and hopefully it's a sign of things to come. We feel pretty good to be able to run near the top of the board, but we're not content with doing just that.
"Now that we're directionally corrected, I believe we have a real shot at winning. My runs were a little better than Greg's, but there's still room for improvement. We match up well with the quicker cars, which right now is good for us."