ANDERSON DRIVES TO TOP SPOT IN PRO STOCK AT VEGAS
Greg Anderson is in the midst of trying to win his fourth career NHRA Pro Stock world championship.
Anderson arrived at the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a 15-point and 30-point lead over his teammates – Bo Butner and Jason Line.
Anderson did his part and more in qualifying, collecting eight bonus points en route to qualifying No. 1 with a 6.633-second lap at 204.73 mph with his run on Friday night.
“I knew it would be a little bit warmer (Saturday),” Anderson said. “We were going to be racing in sunshine, so I knew it would be tough to beat it (his time on Friday night). I really thought we would get very, very close to it and we missed it by a little bit more than I thought (Saturday), but we were still within two hundredths of what we ran (Friday). So, it was still a great day, still great competition and still cars were able to move around on the ladder and change spots. There was a great crowd up there (Saturday). It’s fun to be in Vegas and the grandstands are full and we’re having fun.”
With his qualifying runs, Anderson stretched his lead over Butner to 18 points and Line to 33.
“I’m very proud of the way I qualified this weekend,” Anderson said. “I didn’t get the max, but I got some every round, and I got more than Bo and Jason, and that’s all I can ask for. I know what I’m up against. I did what I could do in qualifying and a lot of big points are on the line (Sunday) and you need all you can get. But, it’s still setting up for a fantastic finish at Pomona, that’s the bottom line, but the better shape you can leave the grounds here the better chance you are going to have in Pomona. It is certainly going to go a long way toward deciding the title. We came down to three points last year and it could be one point, two points, 20 points, I don’t know.”
The driver of the Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro now has 92 career No. 1 qualifying positions and five this season.
“I love racing here in Vegas,” Anderson said. “This is my team owner (Ken Black’s) home track and this just means a lot more to me. I have had a lot of special weekends here and I’m hoping to create another this weekend and so far, it’s off to a great start. I’m proud of my guys. My Summit Chevy has been spot-on all through qualifying and I expect it to be all through (Sunday). Hopefully, I can do a good job as a driver (Sunday).”
Anderson has the most Pro Stock victories at The Strip in Las Vegas with seven. His most recent victory came in 2010.
“You have to race your own car, at least I do,” Anderson said. “If I concentrate on who is in the other lane or try to do something that’s out of the norm, I usually make a mistake. You have to focus, and you have to tell yourself every time you roll up there that it’s just another qualifying run and just do your best, hit your tree, hit your shift points, and do not look over in the other lane and hope and pray that win light comes on at the finish line. That’s my mode, that’s the way I do it, and that’s the way I’m going to do it (Sunday). You have to treat it like it is another day and you are still the luckiest man in the world to be strapping in one of these race cars.”