Greg Anderson was upset in the first round, and he also lost.
Erica Enders gained a first-round win light at Anderson’s expense when he was timed out on
the starting line. Immediately thereafter a serious discussion broke out
car owner Ken Black and NHRA Chief Starter Rick Stewart. Anderson’s wife Kim chimed in as well.
The cause of their ire was their driver’s disqualification after Enders
lit both the pre-stage and stage bulbs as Anderson
eased into the beams. He was rolling in to activate the second bulb when Enders
got the green and the multi-time champ went red.
A second heated discussion, this one between NHRA Senior Vice President,
Racing Operations Graham Light and Anderson, ensued, but no reprieve was
forthcoming, bringing one of the worst weekends of Anderson’s racing career to
a disappointing end. The top-runner from North Carolina
earned No. 1 qualifier honors at Norwalk,
but he only made it to the finish line under power one time all weekend.
“We all know as racers when a driver lights both bulbs that we are to
turn off the auto timer,” Anderson
said. “That eliminates the standard seven seconds so you don’t have to rush in.
There is too much that has got to happen to get in that quick.