Greg Anderson is one step closer to making NHRA Pro Stock history.

Anderson captured the title at the 40th annual Lucas Oil Southern Nationals Sunday to claim his 96th career Pro Stock national event win, one away from tying his mentor and all-time Pro Stock wins leader Warren Johnson.

Anderson, driving his Ken Black-owned Denso Chevrolet Camaro, won for the second time this season in three races. His first victory came at the season-opening Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., March 14.

Anderson defeated Fernando Cuadra, Matt Hartford, Erica Enders and Nobile, who made his season debut driving for Richard Freeman’s Elite Motorsports team.

In the finals, Anderson clocked a 6.568-second elapsed time at 209.04 mph to edge Nobile’s 6.598-second lap at 208.78 mph.

“I couldn't script it any better,” said Anderson, who also qualified No. 1. “Absolutely right from the start it's just been a dream weekend and you know the weather's been perfect, the crowd is jam-packed. We haven't seen that in a year-and-a-half.”

Anderson has won NHRA Pro Stock world championships 2003-2005 and 2010. Sunday fifth in Atlanta, which is hosting the final event in the track’s rich history.

Anderson won at Atlanta Dragway in 2004-2005, 2007, 2012 and 2021.

“Now I'm like it's awesome but I hate to see it go. Really hate to see it go,” he said. “It's a bummer. I wish there was something we could do about that but obviously there's not.

But at least we made the most of it and we made a lasting memory.”

Anderson improved his season elimination-round record to 9-1. Anderson served as a crew member and crew chief for Warren Johnson during four of Johnson’s six NHRA world championships.

Anderson began his NHRA Pro Stock career in 1998 and in 2007, Anderson beat Johnson in the finals to win at Atlanta Dragway.