Anderson Leaves Recent Misfortune in the Past, Seeks Redemption in Reading
Mooresville, N.C., October 1, 2014 – For Summit Racing’s Greg Anderson, this weekend’s 30th annual NHRA Nationals at historic Maple Grove Raceway is a fresh page. It’s a fresh start. It’s a time to hit the reset button and launch into the last three races of the 2014 season of the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series with all systems go. Anderson, of Mooresville, N.C., brings tenacity and determination to Reading, Pa., where he has known much success in the past.
Anderson’s history at Maple Grove Raceway really took flight in 2003 – his first championship season – when he earned the low qualifier award there at the facility known for quick elapsed times and impressive speeds in the quarter-mile. The next season, 2004, was one that Anderson would long remember – and a second consecutive No. 1 paired with a trip to the final round at Maple Grove ignited a hunger for victory on a racetrack that celebrates 30 years of NHRA national events this year.
In 2005, Anderson was rewarded with his first Reading win in a final round battle with two-time world champ Jim Yates, and in 2006 he won again with Greg Stanfield as his challenger. Two more low qualifier awards followed (2007 and 2008) and then in 2010 Anderson raced to the final round once more. In all, a KB Racing car has reached the final in Reading six times in the last 10 years and earned four trophies. Yes, Summit Racing enjoys their time at Maple Grove Raceway.
“We’ve already been looking at the weather there in the Reading area, and it looks fantastic,” said Anderson. “We could see more record times up there, and when the cars run fast – that’s what excites me. The faster the better, as far as I’m concerned.”
Anderson is eager to put a first-round loss last week in St. Louis in the past, and he believes that there is no time like the present to create a new reality as the season winds down.
“We’ve had a lot of wacky stuff happen lately, and last weekend we were surprised that our day came to an end so quickly,” said Anderson, who experienced a mechanical issue that prevented a clean run in the first round. “Sometimes, crazy things happen – and you just have to drive through it. We got that bad luck out of the way, and now there’s no telling what will happen next week – and I mean that in a good way.
“The Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaros should have a chance at winning on Sunday in Reading, and we had a good chance last weekend before that problem. If it wasn’t for that, who knows what could have been. The goal for the KB Racing team right now is to help our teammate Jason Line win the championship and to win a race with my car along the way. We have three more opportunities to accomplish our goals, and we’re going to make full use of them.”