Anderson wins eighth straight final round
Topeka, Sunday: Greg Anderson, driver of the KB Racing LLC Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock Pontiac, advanced to the final round of the 19th annual NHRA O’Reilly Summer Nationals, winning the 48th final of his career over Dave Connolly, who red lighted.
Anderson, who has won the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Championship three-times (2003-2005), is seventh on the list for leaders in NHRA national event victories (professional categories) and third among Pro Stock drivers. The only Pro Stock drivers with more wins are Warren Johnson (96 wins) and Bob Glidden (85 wins).
The most prolific Pro Stock driver since 2002, Anderson has won the last eight final rounds he’s been in extending back to last season. This was his fifth win of 2007 in the eight races contested thus far and the 14th time he’s turned back Connolly in 21 career races. In final rounds against Connolly, Anderson holds a 6-3 advantage.
“Those are amazing numbers and I don’t know how we did it,” reflected Anderson. “As I’ve said before it all comes back to the KB Racing crew and the team that (team owner) Ken Black has assembled. We’ve got a great operation both in the shop in Mooresville (North Carolina) and on the race circuit. We’re all happy campers let me tell you. That car was an absolute rocket ship. I’m living life and having a great time doing it.”
In reaching the final round, Anderson, from Mooresville, N.C., defeated Max Naylor in the opening round of eliminations, former NBA player, Tom Hammonds in the second round, and two-time Pro Stock champion, Jeg Coughlin. Against Coughlin, Anderson set both the Heartland Park Topeka (HPT) track elapsed time record (6.682 seconds) and the track speed record (207.24 mph).
“That was a good day at the office,” Anderson said on the winner’s podium following the race. “ I so proud of (crew chief) Rod Downing, my crew, and everybody who has worked on this race car and built these engines. We showed them this weekend what we do during the week. We worked hard the last three weeks. We spent a lot of time on the test track. When you get a break you have to get at it or those guys and gals are going to get around you.
“We had two cars that we had to run in the semifinals and finals that are putting a lot of heat on us (in the points). They’ve been running great. Everybody in this class can beat you at any given time but it’s extra pressure when you run up against the Jegs car and Connolly’s car. I can’t remember the last time the two of them have red lighted against me. That’s the results of my Summit Pontiac running like it did this weekend. It was an absolute monster. I’m a lucky man. I had a great race car and I didn’t screw it up.”
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