Summit Racing–Anderson to Keep Chipping Away Following Epping Event

Anderson to Keep Chipping Away Following Epping Event
EPPING, N.H. (June 23, 2013) – Summit Racing Pro Stock driver Greg Anderson came to New England Dragway for the Inaugural NHRA New England Nationals with a hot rod that had only been in competition for one race, and he and the Summit Racing team qualified their still-new ride in the top half of the field and scored a round win on eliminations day. He leaves the event in Epping holding onto eighth in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock points.
Anderson qualified in the No. 6 position and scored a set of coveted bonus points along the way. His first round match with Steve Kent marked the first time this season that the four-time Pro Stock champ and Kent were lined up next to one another on raceday. Anderson was off the finish line first and raced to a strong 6.609. His Summit Racing Camaro and that of teammate Jason Line were two of just four cars in the opening act to exceed 210 mph.
Anderson’s first pass of the day was also one of the four quickest of the round, and he moved ahead into the quarterfinals for a meeting with No. 3 qualifier Mike Edwards. Edwards had lane choice for their second-round meeting, and Anderson was at a decided disadvantage but launched confidently ahead of his challenger with a .023-second reaction to Edwards’ .032. Unfortunately, lane choice was an important factor this weekend, and Anderson’s Summit Racing Camaro simply could not get a grip on the surface.
“We just spun the tire from one end of the track to the other,” said Anderson, who recorded a 6.635 in a losing effort. “That left lane sure gave us trouble. It’s a bummer, but the bottom line is that you have to qualify well and you’ve got to have a fast car so that you can keep lane choice. The deck was stacked against us today, but it only serves to make us dig deeper.
“I like this place, and I wanted to win – bad. The whole event was fantastic, and the fans were great. If their enthusiasm doesn’t get you fired up, nothing will. I loved almost everything about this place, and to come away with the first New England Dragway trophy would really have been something. Unfortunately, we got whooped today. Rome wasn’t built in a day, as they say, and we just have to be smart about our decisions. We’ll keep chipping away at it.”