Anderson Makes Progress, Starts Eighth in Joliet
Event: 15th annual NHRA Route 66 Nationals
Location: Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, Illinois
Day/Date: Saturday, June 30, 2012
Greg Anderson and the Summit Racing team entered the final day of qualifying for the NHRA Route 66 Nationals in Joliet, Illinois looking to get a handle on their race car in the hot conditions at Route 66 Raceway. After recording a 6.660-second time in the afternoon session, the current Full Throttle championship points leader completed his qualifying effort with his best run of the weekend, covering the quarter-mile in 6.638-seconds with a top speed of 207.98 mph to earn the eighth starting position for Sunday’s final eliminations.
Although disappointed to not have placed higher in the qualifying order, the defending Joliet champion was nevertheless encouraged by lessons learned about his new Camaro’s performance on his final attempt, which he saw as reason for cautious optimism heading into his first round encounter against veteran Ron Krisher.
“Our last run tonight was definitely directionally correct, no question about it,” said Anderson. “Obviously we wish we would have made a bigger gain, but for the first time all weekend it was a sign we were headed in the right direction with this Summit Racing Camaro, which gives us a good feeling heading into race day.
“As things stand right now, I think we have a shot, and we’re going to take what we did tonight and make a bigger move with it tomorrow, trying to get ourselves right in the ball game. That’s what I’m going to hope and pray for tonight, and we’ll see if the good Lord shines down on us.”