Anderson Believes Hard Work will Pay Off at Summit Racing’s Southern Nationals
Mooresville, N.C., May 14, 2014 – Greg Anderson and his Summit Racing Pro Stock team are loaded up and ready to make the trek from their race shop in Mooresville, N.C., down to Atlanta Dragway for this weekend’s 34th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals. The drive will only take a handful of hours, and the short journey will be more than just a ride down the highway – it will be a time for the hard working team to finally take a moment to rest before a very important weekend kicks into high gear.
Since returning from the most recent race on the 2014 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour, the KB Racing group has worked diligently to improve their program as they prepared for the anticipated event that bears the name of the sponsor they proudly represent.
“We’ve tested eight days since we got home from Houston two weeks ago,” said Anderson, who missed the first five races of the season as he recovered from heart surgery. “Between two cars, we’ve made 80 runs in eight days. That’s a heck of a lot of testing, but we knew how important it was to go out there and do this.
“This is a main event for Summit Racing, and we want to represent them well. We seem to have been able to rise to the occasion many times at this racetrack, and we believe we’ll be able to do the same this year.”
In the past, the team’s performance at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals has been spectacular. Between Anderson and teammate Jason Line, they have 12 final round appearances in Atlanta, and a Summit Racing car has won the event five times. Four of those wins were by Anderson, and three times the duo has raced in an all Summit Racing-final.
“We definitely dwell heavily on this race and come well prepared. We need to go there and run fast, and we need to find a way to win this race because after missing those first few races, I have some ground to make up if I’m going to make the playoffs,” said Anderson, referring to NHRA’s 10-race Countdown to the Championship that launches at the conclusion of a summer heavy with drag racing.
“I’m in dire straights, so to speak, and I don’t have time to take six or seven races to get up to speed. To be honest, with how many runs we’ve put on these cars these last couple of weeks, I’m there – I’m ready,” Anderson continued. “There are no issues, no worries, nothing is holding me back. As long as I have a car that can contend for race wins, we can get this done. That’s exactly what we’ve been working on.”
Prior to the race weekend, Anderson and Line will have the honor of attending a very special once-a-year celebration honoring those who have earned NHRA championships. Anderson, a four-time Pro Stock world champion, and Line, who earned two coveted Pro Stock titles driving for Summit Racing, are on the guest list for the annual NHRA Mello Yello Partnership Dinner at Atlanta’s World of Coca-Cola.
“It’s always a neat, neat deal that we are invited to this dinner,” said Anderson. “The good folks at Coca-Cola make you feel so special, like you’re part of their family. You realize you’re in an exclusive club. Not many people have won world championships, and I’m proud to be a member of that club. It’s a great way to start what will, hopefully, be a great weekend for the Summit Racing team.”