Anderson prepared to accept the challenge on Sunday at Summit Racing Nationals
NORWALK, Ohio (July 5, 2014) – NHRA Pro Stock veteran Greg Anderson has twice before been victorious at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park, and on Sunday at the eighth annual rendition of the event, Anderson is hoping that the stars line up and he is once again celebrating in the winner’s circle. Anderson, starting from the No. 10 position, will race Dave Connolly in the first round of eliminations.
“The goal for us tomorrow will be to get a hold of the starting line and give Dave a race,” said Anderson, who has squared off with Connolly twice this season and is ready for success on Sunday. “He isn’t going to take it easy on us, we know that, and we wouldn’t want him to. We just have to do our job and accept the challenge.”
Anderson’s quest for the Norwalk title began with a nice 6.576-second pass at 211.39 mph on Friday afternoon in his white Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro that netted a jump into the No. 6 spot in the line-up. The second pass on Friday, however, found him in the left lane, where many drivers had trouble making a smooth A to B journey down the quarter-mile drag strip.
Sure enough, the tires of Anderson’s Camaro broke loose from the surface, sending him to record a slowing 15.944. Back in the left lane for Saturday’s first session, Anderson again fell into trouble with a 15.574. Returning to the right lane for the final session, though, Anderson had zero challenges sailing to a 6.566 at 211.26 to move up a position into the No. 10 spot.
“I’m going to try as hard as I can, and we are going to make major, major changes to the Summit Racing Camaro before the first round tomorrow,” said Anderson, assuming he would be relegated to the less desirable lane based on his opponent’s possession of lane choice due to a higher qualifying position. “The challenge will be great – but the Summit Racing team is willing to accept any challenge that comes our way.
“Racing here at Summit Motorsports Park is just always a lot of fun,” Anderson continued. “We have so much support, and maybe tomorrow that will bring us good luck. The good news is that we’ve made some good runs out there this weekend, so we know we can do it. It’s going to be exciting. The weather has been beautiful all weekend, and it’s supposed to be hotter tomorrow with more sun on the racetrack, but that’s something we’re definitely used to here. This is Summit Racing Equipment’s hometown, and the crowd here is awesome. I’m hoping that tomorrow lightning will strike for us.”