Summit Racing–Minnesota Native Anderson in the Zone Heading into Home Race

Minnesota Native Anderson in the Zone Heading into Home Race

Mooresville, N.C., August 19, 2015 – At this point in the season last year, Summit Racing Pro Stock driver Greg Anderson was in a very precarious position. What a difference a year makes as the incoming points leader looks back on the 2014 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals and recalls his status as the No. 10 man in the Pro Stock standings. With a completely different story being written this year, the four-time NHRA world champ is looking for a brighter outcome at the 34th annual event held at his home track.

Anderson, a native of Duluth, Minn., has been a force this year with four wins in seven final rounds so far in the 2015 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. He took over the points lead this summer in Norwalk and hasn’t looked back since.

“Last year, we were just hoping to get lucky going to any race,” admitted Anderson. “But this year, it’s a whole lot different. Now we know going into every race that we have the possibility to win. We are miles away from where we were last year in so many ways, but most of all with our confidence. We have a chance. Everything has come full circle.”

With 78 national event trophies, Anderson is No. 8 on the all-time win list across all NHRA categories, and it all began at the Brainerd racetrack where he earned his stripes as a crew man and then later a crew chief before making his first professional start as a Pro Stock driver in 1998 in Columbus. As Brainerd Int’l Raceway worked to make repairs in time for this year’s national event and recover from a massive storm that hit the area and caused extensive damage to the facility, the dedication and determination is certainly not lost on Anderson.

“The folks up there know a thing or two about having to work hard and stay positive,” said Anderson. “They had a heck of a setback, but I know how the work ethic is there in Minnesota. I thank the Lord every day that I grew up around that and learned it at a young age. We knew from the start that the folks at Brainerd would find a way to get it done, and that they would get the place ready to race. We knew that they would do whatever they had to in order to make it happen. That’s just what you do. You dig in and find a way.

“They have worked very hard, and hopefully I can make it to victory circle and celebrate with them. This weekend is going to be a great success story for the racetrack itself, and hopefully the Summit Racing team will have a success story of our own to go along with it.”