Greg Anderson's consecutive qualifying string now at 100 Qualifies No. 1 MADISON, Ill. (May 5, 2007) -- After rain interfered with and finally canceled Friday's two qualifying sessions, Greg Anderson drove his KB Racing-owned, Summit Racing ...
Greg Anderson's consecutive qualifying string now at 100
Qualifies No. 1
MADISON, Ill. (May 5, 2007) -- After rain interfered with and finally canceled Friday's two qualifying sessions, Greg Anderson drove his KB Racing-owned, Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac GTO to his 100th consecutive qualifying position when he qualified No. 1 at the NHRA O'Reilly Midwest Nationals today at Gateway International Raceway, just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis.
This event marked the fourth time this season that Anderson, who recorded a track record elapsed time of 6.676 seconds, qualified No. 1 and the 55th of his career. His speed of 207.69 mph was a track record speed.
Anderson last had a DNQ at the fall race in October of 2002 at Las Vegas. His qualifying string of 100 consecutive races places Anderson third on the list of NHRA professional active drivers with the most consecutive qualifying races. Only two drivers -- Angelle Sampey, who has no DNQs in all 154 races she has attempted to qualify, and Antron Brown, who last missed a field at Gainesville in 1998 and now has qualified at 133 consecutive races -- have a longer string than Anderson.
"It's nice to keep that string of qualifying going. I think somebody said we were up to 100 qualifying times in a row right now," said Anderson. "It's not 392 or whatever John Force had, but it's a pretty good amount as far as I'm concerned and still counting."
Regarding qualifying, Anderson had the following thoughts: "It was short and quick. It was one shot, two shots to get into the show and that's always nerve racking. I don't really ever want to come into a race only having that but if it goes that way I think that we've got a team that as well prepared to do that and come out on top as anybody to do it. It's tough when this stuff happens.
"We came out in the first session this morning really conservative and made a really nice run. We thought that the track was really better than we originally thought and we could get after it some now. We can run quicker than that this afternoon now we're in the show. We tried that this afternoon and it didn't want to hear about it. So I was wrong on that.
"At least we know now. We know what the track will take and we'll tune accordingly for tomorrow's eliminations, closer to what we had in the first session. Hopefully, we can get back down deep in the 6.60s. It should be interesting tomorrow. Anytime you qualify in this class you can definitely win. We'll look forward to tomorrow and hopefully we'll have weather conditions similar to what we have (today) so that we've got a tune up (that will go) from today to tomorrow and we'll go see if we can win another race."
Overall, Anderson has qualified for 158 races in a career that began in 1998. He has won three POWERade Pro Stock championships (2003-2005) and was No. 2 to his teammate, point leader Jason Line, last season. In his record-setting 2004 season he was named the Speed Channel Driver of the Year for all forms of motorsports winning 76 rounds of eliminations while advancing to 19 of 23 final rounds. That 2004 season, he won the Pro Stock championship by 742 points, the most points of any professional category in NHRA history.
Tomorrow when eliminations get underway, Anderson will face Erica Enders in the opening round.