Starting Third, Anderson Seeks Consistency in Atlanta
Event: 32nd annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals
Location: Atlanta Dragway, Commerce, Georgia
Day/Date: Saturday, May 5, 2012
After posting a quick time of 6.625-seconds with a top speed of 208.62 mph on Friday, Greg Anderson and the Summit Racing team headed into the second day of qualifying at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals in Atlanta, Ga. looking to better their performance and put themselves in a good position for Sunday’s final eliminations. Hindering their efforts were the increased temperatures at Atlanta Dragway, which saw the racing surface reach temperatures exceeding 130 degrees.
Even so, Anderson was able to come close to matching his previous best, clocking a 6.629-second time, which was third-quickest for the morning session and cemented his third-place starting position for race day. Although the highly competitive racer was disappointed to have not run better, he still found reason to be optimistic heading into his first round match-up with Greg Stanfield about his chances for a fourth Peach State win.
“We didn’t really make the type of runs we were hoping for today, but we’re still in a good position for Sunday,” said Anderson. “With today’s higher temperatures we knew it would be tough, and although our Summit Racing Pontiac was able to make that 6.62 pass this morning, it wasn’t really a good run.
“We know the car is capable of running as well as Jason’s (Summit Racing teammate Line, who qualified No. 1), and it’s up to us to figure out what it needs. We have our work cut out for us tonight and tomorrow morning, going over all our notes to see what we can do to step up. The answer is in there somewhere – it’s just up to us to find it, and I’m confident we will, allowing us to come out tomorrow and have a long and successful race day.”