Summit Racing–Anderson Steadily Improves During Qualifying in Reading

Anderson Steadily Improves During Qualifying in Reading
READING, Pa., October 5, 2013 – Summit Racing Pro Stock driver Greg Anderson utilized each of the four runs available during qualifying at Maple Grove Raceway’s Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals to chip away at a situation that is somewhat of a mystery. Although the Mooresville, N.C.-based driver isn’t quite where he intended to be in the line-up, Anderson is pleased by the progress made so far this weekend and eager to test the capabilities of his Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro in the first round of eliminations on Sunday.
“The bottom line is that we started off way behind with this car this weekend, and it’s taken four runs to get it in the ballpark – but we’re getting there,” Said Anderson. “We have a tall challenge ahead, but the KB Racing crew could very well have a long day on Sunday. We certainly learned a few things this weekend already, and we have definitely been able to make the Summit Racing Camaro better and better. We just have to keep digging in those directions.”
Anderson started the weekend with a 6.628 at 209.36 mph and came back in the second session with an improved 6.620, again at just over 209. Saturday’s earlier session brought about another run that was just a tad better, and the scoreboards showed a 6.606 at 209.82. Anderson closed out qualifying on another improved pass, clearing the finish line in 6.598-second at 209.85 mph.
Notably, for the first time since the NHRA Finals in 2008, Anderson will race Richie Stevens Jr. in the first round. In their most recent meeting, Anderson took out Stevens in the morning battle and then went on to win the event title.
While Summit Racing teammate Jason Line earned his second pole position of the season, Anderson’s qualifying performance resulted in a start from the No. 11 position. Their two Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaros have been decidedly different in terms of performance at many points this season, and the KB Racing team is somewhat mystified by the difference as the Chevrolet Camaros are cut from the same cloth and powered by nearly identical engines.
“Jason’s car is running very fast, and we’ve tried to do things with my car like we do with his, but it seems as though we aren’t making enough forward progress with that approach,” said Anderson, a two-time winner at Maple Grove Raceway and four-time No. 1 qualifier. “It’s been a challenge, but we have to do things different – we have to treat each car as its own animal. You have to forget about the team car for the time being and be narrowly focused on each car. That’s the game plan now. Hopefully, it pays off tomorrow.”