Anderson wins Seattle SEATTLE, Wash. -- Greg Anderson, driver of the Vegas General Construction Pontiac Grand Am, entered eliminations at the 16th annual Carquest Auto Parts NHRA Nationals in Seattle, Wash. holding the Number 1 position on the...
Anderson wins Seattle
SEATTLE, Wash. -- Greg Anderson, driver of the Vegas General Construction Pontiac Grand Am, entered eliminations at the 16th annual Carquest Auto Parts NHRA Nationals in Seattle, Wash. holding the Number 1 position on the Pro Stock Ladder. It was in the Saturday morning session of qualifying that Anderson drove his Grand Am to a 6.754 / 205.19 mph to take pole position.
When eliminations got underway this morning Anderson's opponent in Round 1 was V. Gaines. At the hit of the throttle Anderson took the lead and kept it to the finish line. Anderson ran a 6.822 / 203.49 mph to defeat Gaines with a 6.873 / 202.01 mph.
In Round 2 Anderson was paired against Mark Pawuk. Pawuk took a slight lead off the starting line, but it would not be enough to hold off Anderson. Anderson ran a 6.834 / 203.52 mph to defeat Pawuk with a 6.872 / 200.83 mph.
In the semi-final round, Anderson was placed opposite Warren Johnson. From the starting line to the finish line, it was all Anderson. Anderson ran a 6.840 / 203.40 mph to defeat Johnson with a 6.851 / 201.61 mph.
The final round paired Anderson against Larry Morgan. The last time these two met was last year in the final round at the Fram-Autolite Nationals in Sonoma, Calif. Last time Morgan was the victor, but that would not be the case today. Morgan took the advantage at the starting line with a .024 of a second light, but it would not be enough to hold off Anderson. Anderson moved around Morgan at half-track to take his sixth victory of the 2003 season. Anderson ran a 6.858 / 202.09 mph to defeat Morgan with a 6.910 / 200.14 mph.
"Larry got me last year in Sonoma, but I was not going to let that happen to me today," said Anderson. "There is no one I would have rather seen in the final than Larry Morgan. He and his team have struggled this year, but you can never take Morgan for granted. He is a good driver and a great competitor. He got me off the starting line, but we had him on the top end. My guys back at the shop are building awesome horsepower and that is what won this race today."
The next race on the 2003 POWERade NHRA Drag Racing schedule will be the 16th annual Fram-Autolite NHRA Nationals August 1-3 in Sonoma, Calif.
Anderson Quick Facts
Currently #1 in 2003 NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Points (1229 points)
Won 2003 Carquest Auto Parts Nationals in Seattle, Wash.
Won 2003 Checks Shucks Kragen Nationals in Phoenix, Ariz.
Won 2003 Summitracing.com Nationals in Las Vegas, Nev.
Won 2003 K & N Filter SuperNationals in Englishtown, NJ
Won 2003 O'Reilly Summer Nationals in Topeka, Kan.
Won 2003 Pontiac Excitement Nationals in Columbus, Ohio
Runner-up at 2003 Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in Atlanta, Ga.
Three Semi final round appearances in 2003
(Pomona 1, Gainesville & Chicago 1)
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
16th annual Carquest Auto Parts NHRA Nationals