Greg Anderson wins his 40th event POMONA, Calif. (February 11, 2006) -- Greg Anderson, driver of the KB Racing LLC/Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock Pontiac GTO clenched his 40th event win at the season-opening NHRA ...
Greg Anderson wins his 40th event
POMONA, Calif. (February 11, 2006) -- Greg Anderson, driver of the KB Racing LLC/Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock Pontiac GTO clenched his 40th event win at the season-opening NHRA CARQUEST Auto Parts Winternationals when he defeated Mike Edwards in the final round of eliminations.
For the three-time (2003-2005) and defending POWERade Drag Racing Series champion, the track-record pass of 6.665 seconds was his 41st career No. 1 qualifying effort, his third at Pomona Raceway and his second at the Winternationals.
In route to the final round, Anderson defeated Bob Panella Jr., Rickie Smith and Larry Morgan before making it to the final round against Mike Edwards. In the final round, Anderson ran another 6.665 second pass at 207.75 mph, a Pomona track record speed, to turn back Edwards.
Throughout eliminations lane choice was a factor. "It was dead obvious, the writing was on the wall (about the lane). It's not that you couldn't win in the right lane, but you're going to have to do something special -- get a big hole-shot on the Christmas Tree probably to do it, and that's just not a comfortable feeling," reflected Anderson. "I knew if we stayed in that left lane we had a great chance as long as I didn't let the team down. Luckily I came through, we ran fast all day, stayed in the left lane and that's exactly how the plan paid off."
Despite a slow start in 2005, Anderson captured eight victories, advanced to 11 final rounds, earned seven No. 1 qualifying positions and captured 53 round wins. He is only the third Pro Stock driver in the history of the sport to win three straight championship titles (Lee Shepherd and Bob Glidden being the other two).
Said Anderson, "As soon as we finished the '05 season, we dug in and worked 10-14 hours a day 6-7 days a week. We never lifted because we could not start 2006 as we did 2005, and, we were going to try and do something about it. There was no guarantee --hard work is never a guarantee, but I can guarantee that you're not going to achieve things for long without that hard work, so we're obviously satisfied with how it has paid off for this KB Racing team today. It is a long season and there's no telling what's going to happen, but today, I feel pretty good about our chances. I'm just super proud of the guys and the job they've done with this Pontiac GTO. They prepared a fantastic race car and used their time wisely in the off-season and now it's up to us to keep it going and improve upon what we've got. There are a lot of great cars and we're going to be one of them."
Next up for Anderson is the NHRA Checker Schuck's Kragen Nationals, Feb. 24-26, at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, Ariz., just outside Phoenix.
ESPN2 will also air same-day television coverage of eliminations from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m. on Sunday (Feb. 12). The elimination show repeats early Tuesday morning from 3-5 a.m. Television times are Eastern Time (ET) and subject to change at anytime. Check local listings.