Anderson Looks Forward to Family Celebrations in Bristol
Mooresville, N.C., June 12, 2013 – Summit Racing Camaro driver Greg Anderson already has much to celebrate this weekend at Bristol Dragway as NHRA’s Mello Yello Drag Racing Series makes its annual trek to the Smokey Mountains for the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. Anderson’s father, Rod, will be joining the Summit Racing team in Bristol, Tenn., to celebrate Father’s Day as well as his 80th birthday, and Anderson would like nothing more than to gift his dad with a win.
“My parents are coming down from Minnesota, and all the siblings will be there – brothers and sisters from all over the country. We’ll all be meeting in Bristol to celebrate, so that’s really going to be cool,” said Anderson. “I told my dad on the phone last night that I’ve been so busy because I’m trying hard to get my car to where it will make him proud again. Without a doubt, this weekend would be a great time to turn things around and get back to where we know this Summit Racing team should be – in the winner’s circle.”
In pursuit of his first win of 2013, Anderson and Team Summit are pulling out all the stops for this weekend’s race at Bristol Dragway, where they will debut a brand new Jerry Haas-built Chevrolet Camaro. The sleek, white Chevy has already been down the track a time or two, and Anderson has had plenty of seat time in the new ride in preparation for what he hopes will be a stellar debut.
“You know, we’re looking at this weekend with this Camaro as a new start,” said Anderson. “Since the last race, we’ve tested quite a bit with this new car and probably have 25 runs on it. We’ve been burning the wheels off of it, and we think we’re fairly happy at this point. However, we have tested well in the past and not been able to translate that success at a national event. We’re hoping to turn that around this weekend. We need to make more of those good runs on Friday that we have been making during testing, and we need to make any necessary adjustments early in order to have success on Sunday.”
For Anderson, the annual event at Bristol Dragway is always a highlighted weekend on the schedule as it was where he won his first national event in the ultra-competitive Pro Stock category in 2001. Since that time, the Minnesota-born driver has acquired a remarkable 74 national event wins and won the Pro Stock world championship title four times.
“Yes, Bristol Dragway has special meaning for me, and I’m genuinely looking forward to this weekend and kind of returning to the scene of the crime, where it all began,” said Anderson. “Thursday will be a great start to the weekend; my Summit Racing teammate Jason Line and I will be playing in the Bristol Dragway Celebrity Golf Benefit in support of Speedway Children’s Charities, and my son Cody is going to be playing with us, too. He’s pretty darn good at the game, and I think it’ll be a neat way to get things going.
“The theme for us this weekend is family, and we’re happy to have our team owners, Ken and Judy Black, with us in Bristol. Ken is like a second father to me and, really, to all of us in the KB Racing shop. It would be such an honor to celebrate with my dad and Ken Black in the winner’s circle on Father’s Day.”