Anderson set for a little revenge on Sunday at Route 66 Raceway
CHICAGO, ILL. (June 28, 2014) – Chicago’s Route 66 Raceway has been the setting for success for Summit Racing Pro Stock drivers Greg Anderson and Jason Line, and the 17th annual Route 66 NHRA Nationals will be yet another opportunity for the powerful duo to shine. Anderson, who won the event in 2011, will be looking for his first title of the season and the 75th national event win of his career, and his quest will begin with a first-round match with a driver who had his number just one week ago.
Thankfully, Anderson is coming into raceday with a team behind him – including crew chief Rob Downing – that has been able to decipher what the challenging conditions in Chicago require to get down the racetrack.
“We ran well yesterday, and we had another great pass today in our Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro,” said Anderson. “We struggled a little bit with my car in the later sessions, but we have a good afternoon tune-up, and that’s what we’re going to need on Sunday.”
Anderson made a 6.612-second pass in his first qualifying run on Friday, tripping the speed timers at 208.91 mph. The pass was immediately good for the No. 4 position – a lofty spot for Anderson, who has struggled some in qualifying but is on a recent upswing as his team warms up to the hot summer months.
In the later session he slowed to a 6.626, but on Saturday morning it was back to business as he made the sixth-quickest pass of the session. A 6.625, 208.17 appeared on the scoreboards. The final round was good for a 6.648. Ultimately, Anderson landed eighth in the qualifying line-up and will race Dave Connolly in the first round of eliminations on Sunday in Chicago.
“I have a really interesting first-round match-up,” said Anderson. “Racing Dave will give me a chance to even the score from last weekend when he beat me in the semifinals. He won last weekend, but we have a different ending in mind this week. We’ll be first pair out, and I’m looking forward to it. That’s going to be a heck of a race.”