Anderson finishes rain-shortened qualifying No. 2 MOHNTON, Penn. (September 30, 2006) -- The rains returned to Maple Grove Raceway but not before Pro Stock completed three qualifying sessions -- two yesterday and one today. The fourth and ...
Anderson finishes rain-shortened qualifying No. 2
MOHNTON, Penn. (September 30, 2006) -- The rains returned to Maple Grove Raceway but not before Pro Stock completed three qualifying sessions -- two yesterday and one today. The fourth and final qualifying session remaining was canceled and the field is now set for the NHRA Toyo Tires Nationals.
Greg Anderson drove his KB Racing LLC / Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock Pontiac GTO to the No. 2 position on the strength of Friday's second run. Anderson, who is in a tenuous battle for the POWERade Pro Stock championship with his teammate Jason Line, who leads the point standing, and third place Dave Connolly, saw Greg Stanfield grab the national record and the top spot in the single qualifying sessions run today.
Anderson, who led all qualifiers after two sessions on Friday, had tied the national record in the opening session and then reset the record in the second session yesterday when he covered the Maple Grove Raceway quarter-mile in 6.626 seconds. Stanfield lowered that mark to 6.621 seconds in nailing down his first No. 1 of 2006.
Anderson still has the track and national speed record (208.91 mph) from yesterday but there are no points associated with a national speed record. You only receive 20 bonus points for a national elapsed time record and you must be the driver who leaves the event with the record. So Anderson still has tomorrow to reset the record at this event.
"Wouldn't you know it, the sun is shining now," said Anderson as he talked following the third qualifying session. "My only thought is that it was another missed opportunity to get both the top spot and the record. I knew right away as I left the starting line that I had lost my chance to reset the record for that run because it shook the tires real bad. I had hoped that we'd get another chance to go after it today but, even though it is beautiful now, NHRA thought it was best to call it for now.
"We do have tomorrow and the conditions should be good enough to give me another chance to go after it [the record]. But the bottom line now is that we need to concentrate on winning this thing and the points that come with it."
With qualifying over, Line leads the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock point standing by 76 points over Anderson, who holds the second position, and by 143 points over third place Connolly entering eliminations tomorrow.
In the opening round tomorrow, Anderson will face Max Naylor, who qualified No. 15 with a run of 6.662 seconds at 206.83 mph.
Weather permitting, Anderson begins his quest for the Toyo Tires Nationals Pro Stock title on tomorrow, Oct. 1, with eliminations for all classes beginning at 11 a.m. Time is local Reading time (ET) and subject to change at anytime.
-credit: kb racing