Anderson Has Mixed Emotions after Runner-Up Finish in Richmond In many respects, Greg Anderson and the Summit Racing team had an outstanding day during Sunday's final eliminations of the Virginia NHRA Nationals in Richmond, VA. In each of the...
Anderson Has Mixed Emotions after Runner-Up Finish in Richmond
In many respects, Greg Anderson and the Summit Racing team had an outstanding day during Sunday's final eliminations of the Virginia NHRA Nationals in Richmond, VA. In each of the four sessions, he posted one of the quickest elapsed times in Pro Stock history, highlighted by his 6.517-second clocking in the opening round. In addition, he was the only car to post four top speeds above 212 mph, rese tting the Pro Stock national record at 212.36 mph. Finally, he advanced to his fifth final round of the 2009 season, and 87th of his stellar career.
Unfortunately, there were two missing elements that prevented this from being a perfect outing for the KB Racing crew. After trading quick times throughout the day, Anderson and current points leader Mike Edwards put on a tremendous display in the final running, the quickest side-by-side pass in Pro Stock history. However, Anderson's 6.522-second, 212.03 mph run fell four thousandths of a second shy of overcoming his opponent's slight starting line advantage, as Edwards used an equally impressive 6.526-second run to gain the extremely narrow victory. In addition, Edwards further padded his lead by resetting the national elapsed time record in the first round, building an advantage that Anderson admitted would be hard to overcome. Even so, he found some reason to be pleased leaving Virginia.
"For the most part, it was a great day for the Summit crew," said Anderson. "It ended with a heck of a drag race in the final, where we lost to a tough customer. Still I'm proud of the way we ran this weekend, and very happy that we were able to run with Mike Edwards. This is the closest we have been to him in six to eight months. We're definitely gaining on him. With every race we're learning and getting better.
"Unfortunately we're running out of races, and today we lost a tight battle with him that we had to have, which dealt a severe blow to our chances in the Countdown. I certainly don't want to wish anything bad on Mike or anyone else, but unless his wheels fall off in Las Vegas, we're probably fighting20for second, which is certainly a let down. But I'm proud to say we're giving him a battle, and today he had to dig down, and he did a little better job than we did.
"I know there are a lot of positive aspects to our performance this weekend. Jason and I put some distance between ourselves and the guys behind us, and we both ran well. Still, we didn't come here to finish second. We came here to win the race, and a championship. We had a great shot to achieve that today and let it slip away. It hurts now, but we'll put today behind us and focus on finishing the year strong. After all, there are two races left, and we plan on winning both of them."