Anderson No. 1 at Reading MOHNTON, Penn. (August 18, 2007) -- After claiming the No 1 spot at this weekend's 23rd annual NHRA Toyo Tires Nationals for the 10 time this season and the 61st time in his career, Greg Anderson appears to have his KB...
Anderson No. 1 at Reading
MOHNTON, Penn. (August 18, 2007) -- After claiming the No 1 spot at this weekend's 23rd annual NHRA Toyo Tires Nationals for the 10 time this season and the 61st time in his career, Greg Anderson appears to have his KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment-backed Pontiac GTO ready for the next segment of the Countdown to the Championship.
After running a 6.685-second pass on Friday, Anderson carved a full tenth of a second off that time during Saturday morning's qualifying session when he covered the Maple Grove quarter-mile in 6.583 seconds at a speed of 209.88 mph, both track records.
"Like I said yesterday, I thought things were going to get better today, but I had no idea how good it was going to get," Anderson said. "When we came out this morning and saw the barometer had jumped up four tenths and the humidity had dried up from 60 percent to 20 percent, we knew it was going to be a good day. That's when you've got to make some serious changes and hope you're right, otherwise you might not be in the show because the cars are going to pick up a ton.
"That's what happened on the first run; we hit it on the bull's eye. But we missed it with Jason's car twice today and he's lucky to be qualified. The bad news is instead of being (Nos.) 1 and 2 like we were last night, we're (Nos.) 1 and 16. The good news is he is 16th and not 17th. We can cry all we want, but we made our own bed and we've got to deal with it. We've got to race first round tomorrow and one of us is going on. I hope it's me and he hopes it's him, but it should be great. We'll have his car fixed for tomorrow, I'm sure of that. It won't be a one-sided affair."
Anderson, who won here in 2005 (over Jim Yates) and 2006 (over Greg Stanfield), will be going after his third win at Maple Grove Raceway when he faces his teammate Jason Line, who qualified No. 16, in the opening round of eliminations tomorrow. Anderson was runner-up to Line in the 2004 final round.
The only thing for sure in this match up is that a Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac is going to the second round.
Anderson, the three-time NHRA POWERade Pro Stock champ, has already claimed the No. 1 spot when the Countdown begins the second segment at the next race, the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis.