Anderson Closing the Gap with Strong Sonoma Performance
SONOMA, Calif., July 27, 2014 – Greg Anderson saw this weekend’s 27th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals as a time to make up ground in his quest to break into the top 10 in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock standings, and the driver of the Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro continued to close the gap with his best qualifying start of the year that came with a set of bonus points. On Sunday he moved one round closer to a position in the top 10. Anderson is now just 18 points outside with three races to go before the Countdown to the Championship playoffs field is set.
“It is absolutely obtainable, and I’m just a little disappointed that we squandered an opportunity to get it done today,” said Anderson, who won his first-round match with Larry Morgan, leaving the starting line first and then recording one of the quickest times of the round in his defeat, 6.537-second at 212.33 to 6.693, 206.64. In the second round of eliminations at Sonoma Raceway, Anderson lost an extremely close match to Jeg Coughlin, 6.558 to 6.563. The margin of victory was just .007-second.
“We had a good car today, and we certainly thought we could get a little bit further,” Anderson continued. “It’s going to go down to the end, the fight with Jonathan Gray to get that 10th spot. He wants to be in there as bad as we do, and right now I don’t know who would be considered the favorite. We’ll just have to race these three races and find out.”
Anderson and the Summit Racing team have reason to celebrate still, with teammate Jason Line coming up on the winning side in the blue Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro in the final round. The victory was the 200th for Chevrolet in NHRA Pro Stock.
“Jason won, and that’s wonderful,” said Anderson. “Anytime one of our cars win, it’s a win for everybody on this team – and the big picture is that Summit Racing and Chevrolet got to the winner’s circle. We feel we’ve underachieved all year for Chevrolet and for Summit Racing, so to finally do something good for them – and to put a feather in their cap and ours – was really good. There are a lot of other great Chevrolet teams, but I’m just happy we had the chance to have that 200th Chevrolet win here at KB Racing.
“We beat the Dodges today, and that makes it a great day. We’re happy. Sure there are things that we can do better, but today was still a good day. We have another race next week and the cars are running better than they’ve ever run. We think we can make them even better. I’m very confident.”