Sonoma: Greg Anderson final report

Anderson takes win number 50 SONOMA, Calif. (July 29, 2007) -- Greg Anderson drove his KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Pontiac GTO straight to the winner's circle at the 20th annual NHRA FRAM Autolite Nationals. For Anderson, it was the 50th...

Anderson takes win number 50

SONOMA, Calif. (July 29, 2007) -- Greg Anderson drove his KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Pontiac GTO straight to the winner's circle at the 20th annual NHRA FRAM Autolite Nationals. For Anderson, it was the 50th win of his career and with the win he reached the milestone in the second fewest races of any professional driver in NHRA history.

Bob Glidden reached 50 wins in 139 races, Anderson in 189.

"It's a great, great milestone reaching 50 wins," said Anderson during the post race celebration. "To be in the company of drivers like Bob Glidden is awesome. This is the result of a lot of hard work on the part of a lot of people and I thank them for all that they have done to helped me achieve this goal. My hat is off to my father-in-law and everybody that has given me that big break and done so much for me in my driving career thus far."

Last weekend at Seattle, Bob Panella, Jr. defeated Anderson. This weekend, Anderson returned the favor. In the first round, Anderson covered the Infineon track in 6.631 seconds, low elapsed time of the round. Panella followed in 6.677 seconds. That moved Anderson to the second round against Jim Yates.

Yates made it a close race when he took a three hundredth of a second advantage at the green. Anderson powered his Summit Racing Pontiac down the quarter-mile, just nipping Yates at the finish line by approximately two hundredths of a second. Anderson recorded an elapsed time of 6.629 seconds, to 6.680 seconds for Yates.

Line won the battle against Dave Connolly at the lights and on the track. Reaction time for Anderson was .040 seconds, while Connolly followed in .064 seconds. Anderson crossed the finish line in 6.642 seconds, Connolly in 6.657 seconds.

In the final round, it was a pair of identical KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Pontiac GTOs, when Anderson faced his teammate Jason Line. Entering this final round Anderson and Line have met 10 times in the final round with Anderson winning seven.

Make that eight wins for Anderson against Line. They left almost glued together, but Line started fading as the pair reached the top end of the track with Anderson taking the win light in 6.657 second. Line followed in 6.688 seconds.

"We have felt really bad and a little embarrassed since we haven't been performing well the last few races. We sort of lost our way. Yes, we've been testing but we needed to find the way back and it has been a struggle. This is a big pick me up and hopefully will send KB Racing on the way in the Countdown," concluded Anderson.

In 2007, Anderson has now won seven times in seven final rounds. Also, this makes his 10th consecutive win in the last 10 final rounds dating back to Mac Tools U.S. Nationals last year.

-credit: kbr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Bob Panella , Greg Anderson , Bob Glidden , Jason Line , Dave Connolly