Rain plagued qualifying places Anderson No. 5 KENT, Wash. (July 21, 2007) -- The Seattle weatherman said this period of July is normally one of the driest time of the year in the Northwest. Well, on Friday no one at Pacific Dragway could...
Rain plagued qualifying places Anderson No. 5
KENT, Wash. (July 21, 2007) -- The Seattle weatherman said this period of July is normally one of the driest time of the year in the Northwest. Well, on Friday no one at Pacific Dragway could agree as it rained from morning until well into the evening, cancelling all racing activities for the 20th annual NHRA Schuck's Auto Supply National.
Racing finally got underway on Saturday morning and in the first Pro Stock qualifying session Greg Anderson ran an elapsed time of 6.688 seconds at 207.18 mph in his KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac GTO. His speed was the fastest of the session.
Then guess what? The rain returned cancelling racing once again with Anderson fifth on the qualifying grid. This is where he will stay as he heads to eliminations tomorrow facing Jeg Coughlin in the first round.
"It's disappointing," said Anderson in regards to only having one qualifying pass. "We want as many runs as we can get to perfect our setup. We wanted to be conservative that first run because we knew that we were only going to have one or two shots. Now we've got to go into race day not knowing what the track will hold but everybody is in the same boat."
Anderson is one of only five drivers, and the only Pro Stock driver, that have swept the Western Swing -- winning Denver, Seattle, and Sonoma. He did the "hat trick" in 2004. The four other drivers include Top Fuel driver Joe Amato (1991), Funny Car driver John Force (1994), Top Fuel driver Cory McClenathan (1997), and Top Fuel driver Larry Dixon (2003).
COUNTDOWN TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP: Entering the Schuck's Auto Supply Nationals, Anderson leads the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock standings with 1,081 points, which also puts him in the lead for the first segment (first 17 races) of the Countdown to the Championship (23 races). Jeg Coughlin is second, just 84 points behind. Coughlin's teammate Dave Connolly is third, 196 back. Allen Johnson is in the fourth position, 325 behind and Anderson's KB Racing teammate and reigning NHRA POWERade Pro Stock champion Jason Line moved to fifth, 332 points behind the leader.
In its simplest form, the Countdown breaks the $50 million, 23-event NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season up into three distinct segments: the 17-race Countdown to 8, the four-race Countdown to 4 and the two-race Countdown to 1.
After the 17 regular season races, all teams will continue vying for points, with full fields, but only the top eight drivers continue to vie for the championship in the four-race second segment. The top four drivers after the four-race playoff then move to the third and final segment that will be run over the final two races -- the NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals in Las Vegas and the NHRA Auto Club Finals in Pomona. While all teams will continue vying for points, with full fields, only one of the four can be crowned the 2007 champion.
Also of special note is that after the first segment the top eight drivers in each of the four professional classes will have their points adjusted in 10-point increments with No. 1 receiving 2,000 points and No. 8 receiving 2,070 points. After the second segment the top four drivers in each of the four professional classes will have their points adjusted again in 10-point increments with No. 1 receiving 3,000 points and No. 4 receiving 3,030 points.
ELIMINATIONS: Final eliminations for the Schuck's Auto Supply Nationals begin for all teams at 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 22. Eliminations time is local Seattle time (PT) and subject to change.