Anderson Opens Bristol Qualifying in Seventh
Event: 15th annual Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals
Location: Bristol Dragway, Bristol, Tennessee
Day/Date: Friday, June 15, 2012
Two weeks after winning in his Summit Racing Camaro’s debut, four-time Pro Stock champion Greg Anderson was back in action on Friday, opening his qualifying effort at the Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tennessee. For the second consecutive race, the KB Racing team worked to find the proper set-up for their new Chevrolet under the unique conditions at Bristol Dragway, with their best effort of 6.680-seconds, 206.04 mph placing them seventh midway through the qualifying procedure.
Despite their atypical position in the standings, Anderson still found positives from their opening day performance, which he believes will bring an improvement throughout the remainder of the weekend.
“The conditions here at Bristol Dragway have thrown us a bit of a curve,” said Anderson. “We did make some ground up between Q1 and Q2, and although it was obviously not enough, it did give us the right direction to take with this Summit Racing Camaro, so we’ll take a big step that way tomorrow and hope it gives us a big gain in performance.
“I can’t recall that we’ve ever been five hundredths behind the leader on a Friday night, so it shows how big of a swing we need to take tomorrow, but there was just something we missed in the track and atmospheric conditions that caught us a little off guard. We’ll make some adjustments to get the car to ride over the bumps a little bit better, keeping the tire on the track so we can get the power to the ground. I have all the confidence in the world that this KB Racing team will get it right tomorrow. It may take until Q4, but we’ll get it, and we’ll be in good shape by Sunday.
“The good news is that our 6.68 should keep us comfortably in the show, so we just have to pick up our performance to give ourselves a better shot at winning on Sunday. It’s in there – we just have to rub on it a little more. It’s going to take some bigger moves than normal, but the important thing is that we got the direction we need to head to tonight.”