Norwalk: Greg Anderson preview

Anderson looks to sponsor's race NORWALK, Ohio (June 25, 2007) -- Last weekend at Englishtown, N.J., the KB Racing team continued their domination in the Pro Stock class. Of the first ten races contested thus far in the 2007 NHRA POWERade ...

Anderson looks to sponsor's race

NORWALK, Ohio (June 25, 2007) -- Last weekend at Englishtown, N.J., the KB Racing team continued their domination in the Pro Stock class. Of the first ten races contested thus far in the 2007 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, either Greg Anderson or his teammate, Jason Line, has had a Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock Pontiac GTO in the final round at nine of the ten events.

The three-time NHRA POWERade champion Anderson has gone to six final rounds, winning all six; while Line, the reigning NHRA POWERade champion, has advanced to three final rounds, winning one. That's seven wins with two runner-ups in ten races.

Fresh from a win last weekend, Anderson now turns his attention to Norwalk, Ohio and a new venue -- the Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park -- the newly renovated track owned by Bill Bader and family.

There are reasons that Anderson is eager to get to this weekend's Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.

"We are looking forward to going to Norwalk," said Anderson, whose primary marketing partner, Summit Racing Equipment, is headquartered in Tallmadge, Ohio. "What could be better than for the two Summit Racing Pontiacs to be racing at the Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park. Because this race will be also sponsored by Summit Racing Equipment, it has jumped to one of the three most important races on the schedule for KB Racing. The other two are Las Vegas and Atlanta, also sponsored by Summit. I've been fortunate to win both of those this year and would like to make it three-for-three at Norwalk.

"We like to win and it is especially gratifying when you win in front of your sponsors and their employees. With the home office for Summit Racing Equipment being about an hour from the track in Norwalk, you can bet that we will see more Summit related people than at any race this year. I can't think of a better group of people that I would like to join us in the winner's circle, so we'll be going all out to win. It will be a special race. I know that they're looking forward to the race and us being there.

"The Bader Family has put a ton of money into making the facility first class and it should be a great, great place -- a neat place. We, as a team, need to shine and do well there. Being a new track on the circuit, there will be many challenges. We need to turn those challenges into opportunities. I would like to be the first time winner at the first Summit Racing Equipment Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park."

While this is the inaugural race at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, Anderson has been very successful at National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio. The 46-year-old driver, who was born in Duluth, Minn., and now lives in the Charlotte, N.C. area, had four consecutive wins from 2002 through 2005 at the "other" Ohio track, which is no longer on the NHRA national event circuit.

After ten events, Anderson leads the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock standings with 954 points, which also puts him in the lead for the first segment -- Countdown to Eight -- of the Countdown to the Championship. Teammate Line is fourth with 628 points, 326 behind his teammate. Sandwiched in between Anderson and Line is Jeg Coughlin in second with 753 points (-201) and Coughlin's teammate Dave Connolly, with 660 points (-294), in third. Rounding out the top five is Allen Johnson in fifth with 508 points, 446 off the lead.

-credit: gar

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Greg Anderson , Allen Johnson , Jason Line , Dave Connolly