Anderson Feeling Right at Home on Day One at Brainerd Nationals
Brainerd, Minn., August 15, 2014 – Greg Anderson is off to a fine start at his home racetrack at this weekend’s 33rd annual NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. The driver of the white Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro broke into the top 10 in NHRA’s Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock standings two weeks ago in Seattle, and he continued to pull out the punches as he raced to a swift 6.632-second pass at 208.26 mph to jump into the No. 3 position in the qualifying order on the first day of the event in Brainerd.
For Anderson, the smooth run during Friday’s second session was accompanied by a bonus qualifying point, and as he works to protect his position in the top 10, every mark counts.
“All in all, it was a good day,” said Anderson, who clocked a 6.660 at 208.26 in the first round of qualifying. “We had a couple of issues in the first run, but we definitely got them fixed for the second session and made a very nice, smooth run. These KB Racing engines are running great, the Summit Racing Camaros are running great, and we just have to get a little bit better in the first 60-feet of the racetrack.”
Anderson, from nearby Duluth, Minn., is surrounded by friends and family – including his father Rod and mother Joan – this weekend as he races for the trophy. The once-a-year trip to race at home is an enjoyable affair for the entire Summit Racing team as Anderson’s teammate, Jason Line, is also from Minnesota and hails from Wright.
“It’s a fun weekend, and I think tomorrow both Jason and I can definitely improve,” said Anderson. “The weather should be very close tomorrow to what it was today, and we’re just going to concentrate on that first 60-feet. It looks like we have the rest of the racetrack figured out pretty well, and the engines want to run, the cars want to run, we just have to give them a little better start. We think we know what to do, and so we’ll see if we can prove that tomorrow.”