Practiced and ready, Anderson eager for raceday at NHRA FallNationals
Dallas, Texas, September 20, 2014 – Saturday at Texas Motorplex turned into quite a day for the Summit Racing NHRA Pro Stock team as they saw one of their two team cars advance to the final round of the delayed NHRA Carolina Nationals. Jason Line launched into the Countdown to the Championship with momentum as runner-up in the event that concluded during qualifying for the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals. Greg Anderson, a four-time NHRA Pro Stock world champion and 74-time NHRA national event winner, cheered on his teammate and worked to establish a good groundwork for his own raceday performance on Sunday.
“This was definitely a good points day for the Summit Racing team,” said Anderson. “It was a confidence builder for us, and we just need to string together three or four more races with good execution and good performances, and maybe we could be the world champion again. This is a good start to the playoffs, and one guy did a little bit better than us, but it was a very positive day.”
Anderson, who clocked a 6.613-second pass at 209.33 mph followed by a 6.597, 209.88 on the first day of the event, logged a 6.600, 210.31 in the third session. He closed out qualifying with a 6.603, 210.57 – just a tick off of top speed of the meet.
“We’re making clean runs, and the Summit Racing Camaro has gone down the racetrack every time,” said Anderson. “I’m going to have to do a great job of driving tomorrow, and we’re not giving up. We have to keep positive and keep pecking at it, and we’ll give it our best shot. That’s all you can do.”
Anderson, starting from the No. 9 position, will race Jeg Coughlin on Sunday. With the way the ladder lines up, he and Line could, potentially, meet in the semifinals – thereby assuring a Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro would make it to the final round. Anderson likes their chances.
“We like Dallas, it’s a good racetrack,” said Anderson. “It was hot today. The starting line got very hot so it was tricky to find the set-up, and the heat kind of snuck up on us today. The temperature jumped up before we even noticed it, but now we know better and what to look for. If it’s sunny tomorrow, what happened today will be good practice for tomorrow. I’m looking forward to it.”