PRO STOCK STANDOUT GREG ANDERSON SNARES FIFTH NO. 1 QUALIFYING SPOT AT NEW ENGLAND NATS
Greg Anderson has had an incredible 2021 season so far and nothing has changed with that narrative this weekend at the sixth race of the year in Epping, N.H.
Anderson clocked a 6.526-second elapsed time 209.10 mph to grab the top qualifying spot at the Tascaparts.com New England Nationals Saturday in the second qualifying session.
Anderson is now 5-for-6 in qualifying No. 1 at races this season in the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series. His worst qualifying spot was second in Houston.
This was the 111th career No. 1 qualifying position in Anderson’s decorated career.
Anderson has won NHRA Pro Stock world championships in 2003-2005 and 2010. Sunday, Anderson will be vying for his 97th career Pro Stock national event win.
“I certainly can’t complain,” Anderson said. “It has really been pretty much a dream start to the season. I have made a couple of mistakes on the driver end otherwise we could have had a seriously good run going already. I have a lot of time yet to win some races out here with the (HendrickCars.com) Chevy. She has been pretty bad to the bone all year and it is a beautiful looking car and I really want to be able to present that first drag racing trophy to Mr. (Rick) Hendrick. That’s what I really want to do and I can’t think of a better weekend to get that job done.
“They are doing a great job over in NASCAR and we need to start pulling our own weight here in drag racing.”
Anderson is just one win short of tying his mentor Warren Johnson for first place on NHRA’s all-time Pro Stock wins list.
Anderson won the season-opening Gatornationals and was upset in the second round of the Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He followed that up by winning the Southern Nationals in Atlanta and lost in the second round in Charlotte and Houston.
Anderson faces John Gaydosh Jr. in the first round. Anderson, who was fourth in the world standings last year also was the quickest in the third and final qualifying session with a 6.538-second run at 210.18 mph.
Anderson, the points leader, has an amazing 851-366 elimination round record. This is his 486th career NHRA Pro Stock event.