Seventh No. 1 of year for Anderson SONOMA, Calif. (July 29, 2006) -- Greg Anderson, driver of the KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment-backed Pro Stock Pontiac GTO, lowered his own national elapsed time record when he ran a pass of ...
Seventh No. 1 of year for Anderson
SONOMA, Calif. (July 29, 2006) -- Greg Anderson, driver of the KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment-backed Pro Stock Pontiac GTO, lowered his own national elapsed time record when he ran a pass of 6.631 seconds at 207.82 mph en route to the No. 1 position at this weekend's NHRA FRAM Autolite Nationals.
If the elapsed time mark holds up through tomorrow's eliminations, it would become the national elapsed time record and add an additional 20 points to Anderson's point total in the chase for his fourth consecutive NHRA POWERade Pro Stock championship. Also, both the E.T. (6.631 seconds) and speed (207.82 mph) are Infineon Raceway track records
"We are trying to find every point we can right now," said Anderson following qualifying. "This is huge. At least we got the record right now but I'm not going to stand here and say that somebody else can't outrun that. The bottom line is that we've got it right now, and they have to take it away from us. I'd rather be in my position. This is the shot in the arm that this team needs. We're very, very close to turning the corner with both of these KB Racing Summit Racing Pontiac GTOs and going on a win streak. Our goal is the championship."
This is Anderson's seventh No. 1 this season and the 47th of his career. He now has four top qualifying spots at Infineon Raceway. Since 2002, Anderson has been in four final rounds at the Sonoma track. Last year he defeated Kurt Johnson and in 2004 was victorious over Dave Connolly. He was runner- up to Larry Morgan (2002) and Jeg Coughlin (2003).
Entering tomorrow's eliminations, Anderson trails his teammate Jason Line by 24 points. The three-time and defending champion, will square off against Mike Thomas in the opening rounds. Thomas qualified No. 16 with an E.T. of 4.693 seconds at 205.51 mph.
Qualifying for Anderson and his KB Racing LLC/Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock Pontiac GTO begins with two Pro Stock sessions on Friday, July 28, scheduled for 3:15 and 6:45 p.m. and concludes with two additional Pro Stock sessions on Saturday, July 29, at 10 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. Anderson begins his quest for the FRAM Autolite Nationals Pro Stock title on Sunday, July 30, with eliminations for all classes beginning at 12 noon. Prior to the start of Sunday's event, Anderson joins other NHRA/POWERade Drag Racing Series drivers for a fan appreciation autograph session that will take place from 9 to 9:45 a.m. on the Infineon Raceway road course, next to the drag strip, in front of the start/finish grandstand. All times are local Sonoma time (PT) and subject to change at anytime.