Anderson runs quickest pass in NHRA Pro Stock history, No. 1 after first day of qualifying DINWIDDIE, Va. (October 13, 2006) -- After a week delay, qualifying for the Inaugural NHRA Torco Racing Fuels Nationals got underway today at Virginia ...
Anderson runs quickest pass in NHRA Pro Stock history, No. 1 after first day of qualifying
DINWIDDIE, Va. (October 13, 2006) -- After a week delay, qualifying for the Inaugural NHRA Torco Racing Fuels Nationals got underway today at Virginia Motorsports Park located in Dinwiddie, Va., just a short drive from Richmond. This is the first time the NHRA has raced here since 2000.
In the opening qualifying session for Pro Stock cars, Greg Anderson, who drives the Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock Pontiac GTO owned by KB Racing LLC, recorded the quickest Pro Stock pass in NHRA history when he blazed the quarter-mile in 6.598 seconds.
"Obviously, it was a great start to what is shaping up as an exciting weekend," said Anderson following today's qualifying and his record run. "It is the best air that we've has to run in going back two to three years. The race track should be even better tomorrow and we expect to run quicker.
"We're having fun. It's a neat, neat deal. It's exciting for a driver when you can run that quick. You can definitely tell a difference. The record is probably going to bounce back and forth this weekend like it did last time at Reading. When you're having fun like this you stop worrying about the point chase and all that other stuff. It's neat."
Although it may sound redundant, for the record, the three-time and reigning NHRA POWERade Pro Stock champion is No. 1 at the end of the first day of qualifying. Two qualifying sessions remain tomorrow, scheduled for noon and 2:30 p.m.
Anderson's 6.598 broke the 6.609 second record Anderson's teammate Jason Line established at the last race in Reading, Pa. Ironically, Line also broke his own record on the same pass, running 6.602 seconds, but didn't have the quick numbers that Anderson had, although Line did run the fastest speed in NHRA Pro Stock history, a 209.26 mph pass.
With only three races remaining on the 2006 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule, including this event, Anderson continues his pursuit of a fourth consecutive championship. Anderson, in second in the point standings, has pulled to within 56 points of Line. Dave Connolly is third, 183 points behind Line and 127 behind Anderson.