The Mooresville, N.C.-based KB Racing team continued to flex their collective muscle during qualifying at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals presented by Lowes Foods. Ultimately, Greg Anderson had the quickest car on the property and will take the 82nd No. 1 qualifier award of his career into raceday at zMAX Dragway. It is his second pole of the 2016 season of NHRA’s Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
The four-time NHRA season champ held the top spot throughout qualifying, sealing the deal with a stellar 6.576-second pass at 210.41 mph in the third and final round.
“The boys did a great job matching the horsepower and the chassis to the racetrack,” said Anderson, who recorded a 6.577, 209.65 in the first session and a 6.587, 210.73 in the second round of qualifying en route to the No. 1.
“It doesn’t matter if you outrun someone on a particular run – you have to do it every time, and you have to be able to always do your best job,” Anderson continued. “We made two great runs today, and all three of our KB Racing Chevy Camaros are very fast and competitive. They’ve shown that they can adapt through changing conditions, and that’s what it takes to go rounds. My guys did a fantastic job of that today, so my hat is off to them.”
Driving the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro, Anderson was the quickest of the pack in two of the three qualifying rounds for top marks. He acquired a total of eight bonus points, while KB Racing teammate Bo Butner, in the Jim Butner Auto Sales Chevrolet Camaro, was quickest in the second round for three of his own. The third of the KB Racing cars – the blue Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro piloted by Jason Line – brought in four bonus marks; Drew Skillman earned two in the Elite Motorsports Ray Skillman Chevrolet Camaro; and Gray Motorsports/Valvoline/Nova Services driver Shane Gray scored a point in the final round for IDG, who is on board his Chevy at this event.
Notably, Skillman’s Ray Skillman Chevrolet held top speed honors after Friday’s session with a strong 209.72 mph pass. Line’s Summit Racing Camaro ousted his competitor’s perch in the second session with a 210.87, and he improved to a 211.10 – the only 211+ speed of qualifying – to maintain his stance.
The ladder in four-across format separates the drivers into quads instead of pairs. Anderson will race Auzmet Architectural Camaro pilot Shane Tucker – competing for the first time since Dallas of 2014, Harlow Sammons Racing campaigner Chris McGaha, and Marathon Petroleum driver Allen Johnson.
The two quickest drivers in Anderson’s quad will race the quickest pair in a quad that includes Butner, Deric Kramer and his American Ethanol Dodge Dart, Gray, and Elite Motorsports Magneti Marelli/JEGS Dodge driver Jeg Coughlin Jr.
Across the ladder, one quad includes three Chevrolet Camaros driven by Skillman, Pypes Performance driver John Gaydosh, Gas Monkey Energy’s Alex Laughlin, and Elite Motorsports Mopar Dodge driver Erica Enders. The final quad is populated by Line, Kendall Oil Dodge pilot V. Gaines, Mountain View Camaro campaigner Vincent Nobile, and Kenny Delco in the Delco & Perry Camaro.
Anderson’s first zMAX Dragway No. 1 was earned last fall at the Carolina Nationals, but this weekend’s start from the top is his first Four-Wide Nationals pole. With the achievement, Anderson has now qualified for 304 consecutive attempted races – the most of any driver in Pro Stock history. The record was previously held by Warren Johnson.
“Anytime you get a No. 1, it’s fantastic,” said Anderson. “But to finally get this at the Four-Wide Nationals is just great. We made gains overnight, we upped our game and kept a little bit of distance. Tomorrow is a whole new day and a different set of circumstances. Anything can happen on raceday, but it’s a good feeling to get this No. 1 at what I consider my home track. It means a lot. If we can find a way to put our two Summit Racing Chevy Camaros – or better yet, all three of our KB Racing cars – in the final round tomorrow, we’ll be really happy. That would set up some good odds. I feel pretty great after today.”
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