Should Greg Anderson win the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Pro Stock championship it will come behind the wheel of a used car in their race team's fleet.
Reading, PA-Greg Anderson and the Summit Racing team come into this weekend’s Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals in
“After falling behind in Indy we knew we needed to shake things up if we were going to get back in the hunt for the championship, so Rob and Tommy made the call to change cars, and it was obviously a good one,” said Anderson. “On the outside, it probably seemed like a risky move to park a car that had won two races and go back to another Summit Racing Pontiac we hadn’t used since last year, but it really wasn’t that big of a gamble, and I guess it’s somewhat appropriate given my background as a former used-car dealer.
“Seriously, however, there really was nothing wrong with the old car to begin with, just as there was nothing wrong with one we just parked last month. After all, we’ve won races in both. It’s just that they weren’t working well at that particular time, so we switched chassis to try something different.
“In the case of the Summit Racing Pontiac we’re using now, it’s fairly similar to the one Jason (teammate Line) is driving. We’d made significant gains over the last few months with Jason’s car, so the thought to go back to this chassis had actually been in the back of our minds for some time, because we wanted to see if it would react as well as his did. Fortunately, it performed as we expected and we’re heading to
Despite their recent run of success,
“This Summit Racing team is of the mindset that to win the championship, we need to win these last three races,” said
“This weekend we also have the possibility of being able to set the national elapsed time record, which is worth an extra twenty points, and if it’s out there, we need one of our cars to get it. It doesn’t necessarily need to be me doing it. In fact, Jason would be the favorite of our three cars right now. As long as it’s not one of our competitors, we’re fine.
“Even though we’ve come a long way in the last few months, we’re still a work in progress, with areas that need improvement. For example, in the last few races, Jason’s Summit Racing Pontiac has been great in qualifying but had a couple missteps on Sunday, while mine has been a little off in qualifying and flawless on race day. It’s hard to explain why, but our goal for this weekend is to have all three cars including Ronnie’s (Humphrey) Genuine Hotrod Hardware car running strong all weekend. As long as we continue to improve, we have a great shot.”
Finally, Anderson and his Pro Stock brethren will have the advantage of racing on a track that has proved to be favorable to their naturally-aspirated engines. Located on the outskirts of
“Racing in the conditions we’re forecasted to have in