Anderson continues upswing on first day of qualifying at Route 66 Raceway
CHICAGO, ILL. (June 27, 2014) – NHRA Pro Stock racer Greg Anderson is continuing a recently launched upswing on the first day of the Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway near Chicago. On the first day of the event, the driver of the Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro clocked an effective set of passes to land in the No. 8 position with two more qualifying sessions to go.
Qualifying at the Chicago event was scheduled to include two sets of night sessions, meaning that the first session would occur in the early evening and the later session would take place in what would likely be cooler late evening conditions – a situation that has often produced very quick and fast numbers for the naturally aspirated factory hot rods.
The track was warm and sticky in the first qualifying round, but Anderson made one of the best passes of the session. His 6.612-second journey down the quarter-mile at 208.91 mph was fourth best of the session. For the second session, Team Summit loaded up and came with guns blazing. Unfortunately, what they brought to the table was just a little too much for what the track could hold. Anderson clocked a 6.626, 207.98.
“That first run was a very nice run, and we made a couple of changes tonight for the second run but it spun the tires a little bit too hard,” said Anderson. “Now we know how far we can go, so that’s a good thing. Tomorrow, we will have two sessions that are going to be very similar to what we had today, and we have the data we need for them. This was a good start for the Summit Racing team. We hope Saturday will be better, but I’m very pleased so far.
“I like these night sessions. I think it’s a lot more exciting and I think it’s easier to make your car run well, too. It just gets the adrenaline pumping. It’s fun for the fans, but it’s fun for the racers, too. Now we know how far we can go, and hopefully tomorrow we will get it right on the money.”