Despite Second Round Exit, Anderson Sees Positives in Norwalk Greg Anderson had good reason to be cautiously optimistic entering Sunday's final eliminations of the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio. He entered the day as the No.
Despite Second Round Exit, Anderson Sees Positives in Norwalk
Greg Anderson had good reason to be cautiously optimistic entering Sunday's final eliminations of the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio. He entered the day as the No. 1 qualifier for the 72nd time in his career, and his Summit Racing GXP seemed to have regained his class-leading form after two weeks of preparation that included two long days of testing in 90 degree temperatures. He carried this strong performance into race day recording the second quickest pass of the opening stanza at 6.681-seconds to defeat rookie Ryan Ondrejko.
This set the stage for a second-round encounter with Greg Stanfield, a veteran driver who is well known for his starting line prowess, which he used to gain the advantage on Anderson. Although the three-time cham pion was able to record a solid 6.705-second elapsed time with a top speed of 206.10, it fell shy of overtaking his opponent at the finish line, putting a premature end to his day.
Although naturally displeased with the day's results Anderson preferred instead to focus on the many positives from the weekend, including his teammate Jason Line's stirring win in his Summit Racing Pontiac (which, ironically, is the car Anderson campaigned in 2008).
"I definitely had my downs today, but this is a team sport, and I have a great KB Racing team," said Anderson. "It's no secret that I'm struggling a little bit right now at the starting line, but I have a great Summit Racing Pontiac that qualified No. 1 here in Norwalk, and Jason also has a great car that he is driving the wheels off of. He has not had one race when he hasn't driven well. He's in the game right now, and I need to learn from him how to get in the state of mind that he's in, and I will.
"We have two fast hot rods now, and made a lot of ground up this week. We can run with Mike Edwards and Allen Johnson, which we haven't been able to do for a few weeks. We're a lot closer to the top of the pack, which is where we believe we belong, and we need to learn how to start winning races again. There's one thing that we have to fix, and that's me, but seeing Jason perform as well as he is gives me great confidence. I just have to get back to that. All the ingredients are there -- it's up to me to figure out how to put them together, and I will. Still, I'm very happy for Summit, for Ken (team owner Black), and for Jason and the team -- it's been a good day."