Summit Racing–Anderson Looking for Continued Stellar Reaction Times and More in Topeka

Anderson Looking for Continued Stellar Reaction Times and More in Topeka
Mooresville, N.C., May 21, 2014 – Just a few days ago, Pro Stock driver Greg Anderson and the KB Racing team weathered Sunday storms and came back on a rare Monday raceday to take the Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro to a runner up finish at their title-sponsored Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals in Atlanta. Riding a string of almost clairvoyant reaction times, the rejuvenated wheelman is looking forward to getting right back in the hunt for a Countdown to the Championship berth and the chance at a fifth Pro Stock title, and he will have the chance to do that at this weekend’s NHRA Kansas Nationals.
With abbreviated time in between races this month, the KB crew left their Mooresville race headquarters well prepared for a three race in a row hitch. Heartland Park Topeka is a racetrack where the group has gleaned much success in the past, and Anderson hopes to add to the bounty of Wallys he has procured there in previous performances. He earned four wins between 2003 and 2007, a magnificent feat that puts Anderson in elite company; only former boss Warren Johnson, with five Topeka trophies, has had more success in a Pro Stock car in Topeka.
“We’ve certainly had some success there, and we like going back to racetracks like that,” said Anderson, who will compete in his third race of the season following a delayed start. “Hopefully that will work in our favor this weekend because getting to the final and then not being able to finish the deal last week was a real heartbreaker for the Summit Racing team. We want to get the job done. Topeka is a little bit of a different race track in terms of weather and altitude, but it looks like the forecast isn’t for extremely hot temperatures like they have been a few times there in the past, and that’s good for us. I think that plays into our hands. There were a lot of positives for us last weekend, and hopefully we can do a better job on Sunday out there in Topeka.”
Heartland Park Topeka opened its doors in 1989 and it quickly became a venue for barrier-breaking performances in the world of racing. This multi-use motorsports haven has thrilled fans of speed and horsepower of all kinds for 25 years, and the Crown Jewel of the property is the famed 1320-foot dragstrip, where in 1993 Funny Cars first eclipsed the 300 mph mark and cracked the 4-second zone. Weather conditions can be a blessing or a curse for competitors and history has proven that anything can happen in America’s breadbasket.
With just two appearances on the 2014 Mellow Yellow Drag Racing Series tour so far this year, Anderson has already picked up where he left off last season with some of the best average reaction times in the class. Extensive testing has gotten Anderson just as much seat time as if he had run the previous five races that he was forced to sit out as he returned to health and strength. Gathering crucial data is of course the main goal, but testing also enhances driving skill and keeps the Pro Stock pilot sharp on the tree – essential components in a class measured in thousandths of a second every pass.
“We have done quite a bit of testing, it’s true,” said Anderson. “I know that it has helped my driving to get back on track quickly, and more than likely what we’ve learned will be utilized in Topeka. It’s been a busy last few weeks, but we’re looking forward to getting there and keeping the momentum going. We need to get that win.”