Summit Racing–Anderson Reaches the Semifinals in Reading

Anderson Reaches the Semifinals in Reading
READING, Pa., October 6, 2013 – Pro Stock driver Greg Anderson continued to gather round wins in his sleek Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro at this weekend’s Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway, and the two-time Reading winner visited the semifinals for the second NHRA event in a row. Anderson was once again remarkable in the driver’s seat in his quest to win his first race of the season and fell just one round short of a fourth career final round in scenic Reading.
Following four respectable qualifying runs, Anderson came into raceday in the No. 11 position and fired off a .013-second reaction time to gain an important advantage in his first-round meeting with Richie Stevens Jr., a driver he hadn’t raced since the NHRA Finals in 2008.
Anderson won their match on a holeshot, 6.607 to 6.605, and advanced to the second round, where he was .014 at the tree to a red-lighting Mike Edwards, one of the lead contenders for the top spot. In the end, Anderson could only be stopped by Allen Johnson, who ran a low of the round 6.595 to better his 6.633 in the semifinals.
“The semis any day is a good day, but it’s still obviously short of where we want to be,” said Anderson, who stayed seventh in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock standings. “I gained a few points on some of the competitors around me, but I had a two-part goal this weekend: I was trying to win the race and trying to help Jason Line win a championship.”
Anderson’s defeat of Edwards in the second round was certainly a critical round for Summit Racing as his teammate Line is No. 3 in the points and just five points behind Edwards – and, most importantly, 50 points out of first place.
“Anyone can win the championship, but it’s going to take absolute perfection to win,” Anderson continued. “The driver, the engine, the car, nothing can be off. If you want it, you’ll have to find a way to be perfect from here on out. We’re still in the battle with Jason’s car, and we’ve got two weekends off to go test and find what we think we may be missing with my car so that I can win a race before the year is through and help my teammate. Competition is at an all time high out here, but this year isn’t over yet.”