Starting Seventh, Anderson Looks for More in Bristol
Event: 15th annual Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals
Location: Bristol Dragway, Bristol, Tennessee
Day/Date: Saturday, June 16, 2012
On the strength of a 6.680-second elapsed time and 206.04 mph top speed recorded on his second attempt on Friday evening, Summit Racing Camaro driver Greg Anderson earned the seventh starting position for Sunday’s final eliminations of the Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tennessee.
Racing in conditions completely unlike anything they had encountered in their short time with their current race car, the KB Racing crew was nevertheless able to post two consistent and competitive runs on Saturday, virtually matching their time from Friday with a 6.687-second, 206.32 mph pass in the early session. However, facing another tough Pro Stock field, the four-time champion admitted further improvement would be necessary in order to pull off their third Bristol Dragway win.
“We certainly have our work cut out for us tomorrow,” said Anderson. “For some reason, the conditions here in Bristol have us scratching our heads a little, which is not a comfortable feeling heading into race day. We thought we had a direction to head in with our Summit Racing Camaro after yesterday’s runs, but it didn’t produce the type of results we were looking for, so we’ll have to come up with a different plan for tomorrow.
“The good news is that we proved there is nothing wrong with my race car in Englishtown, and we made some gains today with Jason’s (teammate Line, who is also racing a new Camaro this weekend) car. It’s also a situation we’ve been through several times this year, and each time, this KB Racing crew has been up to the challenge. It certainly won’t be easy, and it’s going to involve some major changes, but we’re going to take tomorrow one run at a time. I’m confident we’ll get her right and put ourselves in position to win this race.”