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Greg Anderson
Summit Racing Equipment Chevy Camaro
Pro Stocker

Anderson sets track records in qualifying No. 1

Indianapolis, Sunday:  After making five qualifying runs quicker than his own Indianapolis Raceway Park record, Pontiac GTO driver Greg Anderson put his NHRA Pro Stock competitors on notice that he's not going to give up his Mac Tools U.S. Nationals title that easily. The two-time NHRA POWERade and U.S. Nationals champ showed amazing consistency in qualifying No. 1 for tomorrow's eliminations at the 51st annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at IRP with qualifying runs of 6.714, 6.706, 6.689, 6.698, and 6.704 seconds. His fourth No. 1 qualifier of the season and 37th of his career was posted with a track-record elapsed time and speed of 6.689 seconds and 205.51 mph.

"I'm very, very, very proud of our runs today," said Anderson. "We've really run great all weekend, but that run last night was awesome, and then we came back today and made two runs every bit as good as that one last night. We've really made five runs within this much of being perfect, and the last three absolutely have been perfect. I just can't say enough about the job my guys have done on the racecar, and the guys at the engine shop have worked so hard. We wanted to come up with something special for Indy - it's the biggest race of the year. We've just been working, working, working, and it looks like we're peaking at the right time. It's crunch time. We've got six races to go, we've got a heck of a points battle going, and you've got Indy. I'm not sure which one's more important, winning Indy or winning the points championship. They're both so important and they both mean about as much. Everything's coming together at the right time, and everybody's functioning as a team like we did the last couple of years. It's a pretty tough combination right now and I'm just proud to be part of it. I'm just enjoying the ride.

"Basically the track has gotten better with each run as the weekend has gone on, except for the first 10 feet of the racetrack. That's the tricky part, and that's the part that's throwing a lot of guys a curve. That's where you're seeing the inconsistency in all the cars. If you nail that first 10 feet, you're setting sail and you're going to make a heck of a run. You saw that a few times today with Erica Enders, Dave Connolly made a couple of real nice runs, and Warren made a good run this morning. Between that Pontiac GTO and that crew I've got over there, it's a pretty deadly combination right now, but I don't want to get overconfident. It's still just qualifying. Tomorrow's going to be tougher yet, but maybe we can have a big day and win three in a row here."

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