Pomona II: Greg Anderson eliminations summary

Anderson Wins Pomona POMONA, Calif. -- Greg Anderson, driver of the Vegas General Construction Pontiac Grand Am, started the 39th annual Auto Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in the Number 1 position on the Pro Stock eliminations ...

Anderson Wins Pomona

POMONA, Calif. -- Greg Anderson, driver of the Vegas General Construction Pontiac Grand Am, started the 39th annual Auto Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in the Number 1 position on the Pro Stock eliminations ladder. Anderson earned his fourteenth pole position Saturday morning when he drove his Pontiac to a 6.733 / 205.51 mph setting new track ET and speed records.

Anderson's opponent in the first round of eliminations was Mopar driver Allen Johnson. With Anderson holding a definitive performance advantage Johnson knew he would have to be perfect on the tree to beat him. Johnson overstated his hand when left the starting line early handing the win to Anderson. Anderson ran 6.748 / 204.82 mph to a red lighting Johnson with a 6.814 / 202.91 mph.

Round 2 placed Anderson across former employer Warren Johnson. At the hit of the throttle both cars were dead even. Anderson moved ahead of Johnson at the 60-foot mark and continued to march down the quarter mile to take the win. Anderson ran a 6.756 / 204.45 mph to defeat Johnson with 6.819 / 204.35 mph.

The semi-finals paired Anderson against Bruce Allen. Allen jumped the gun on the starting line giving the win to Anderson. Anderson ran a 6.740 / 205.29 mph to defeat a red lighting Allen with a 6.806 / 203.52 mph. With this round win, Anderson breaks the NHRA record for the most rounds won in a season of 65 formerly held by John Force.

In the final round, Anderson met old friend Kurt Johnson. Anderson took a slight advantage on the starting line, and then continued to march down track to win one of the closest races of the day. Anderson ran a 6.735 / 204.88 mph to defeat Johnson with a 6.749 / 205.26 mph. The margin of victory was .0221 of a second.

"That is the way you are supposed to end the season," said Anderson of Charlotte, NC. "To race a good friend like Kurt (Johnson) in the final and have it be so close. We battled all year for the championship racing him in the final is the way this season should end.

"This really has been a dream season. At the beginning of the year I would have never dream that we could have come this far. We started the season just wanting to win races; who would have thought that we would win the championship and break just about every record there is to break.

"It is unbelievable to be listed in the record books among the greats in drag racing. I consider John Force the best drag racer there ever was, and to think that I did something he never did, well it really is overwhelming.

"I am the luckiest guy in the world, but I would not be here with out the best team in Pro Stock racing standing behind me in the pits and at the shop. I want to thank my crew chiefs Rob Downing and Jeff Perley, and motor tuner Jason Line. My guys back at the shop in Mooresville: Eric Maj, Joe Hornick, Todd Ames, and Jeff Gunther. Together they give me the best cars, and the best equipment, week in and week out. I could not have won a single race without them.

"I have to thank my sponsors: all the employees at Vegas General Construction, Fairway Chevrolet, Pontiac, Summit Racing, Mac Tools, and Red Line Oil. They support us on and off the track and we would not be here without them.

"I can never thank my family enough for their love and unconditional support. My wife Kim, my kids Brittney and Cody, my parents Rod and Joan, my sister Terry, and all the rest of my extended family and friends. They have made countless sacrifices for my racing career. There are no words that can convey my thanks and love for all of them.

"Last, but by no means least, I have to thank Ken Black. He is so much more than the owner and sponsor of this team. He is a friend, a boss, a team leader, and is an inspiration to us all. The Black family; Ken, Judy, Kori, Ken, Jr. Michelle, and the whole Black family; are the best. I can never thank them enough for their support, dedication and unending faith in this me to get the job done for them."

Anderson Quick Facts

2003 NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Champion

- Anderson has won Eleven times during the 2003 season. This ties Darrell Alderman's record for most wins in a season (Las Vegas 2, Dallas, Memphis, Indianapolis, Brainerd, Seattle, Columbus, Topeka, Englishtown, Las Vegas, and Phoenix)

- Anderson Has Qualified Number 1 Thirteen times during the 2003 season (Las Vegas, Atlanta, Englishtown, Topeka, Chicago 1, Columbus, Denver, Seattle, Sonoma, Chicago 2, Reading, Dallas and Las Vegas 2)

- Anderson now holds the record for the most Pro Stock round wins in a season at 63

- Finished 3rd 2002 NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Points

- Career Best ET 6.670 (Englishtown 2003)*

- Career Best Mile Per Hour 207.18 mph (Englishtown 2003)*

* National records

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Series NHRA
Drivers Kurt Johnson , Warren Johnson , John Force , Greg Anderson , Bruce Allen , Allen Johnson , Jason Line , Ken Black