Provisional No. 1 qualifier Greg Anderson’s Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro was a rocket ship in Pro Stock qualifying on the first day of the inaugural World Doorslammer Nationals presented by CTech Manufacturing. Anderson’s 6.474-second pass at 213.03 mph was the quickest pass since the introduction of Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) in Pro Stock, and the killer start had the four-time world champ eager to return for more on Saturday at Orlando Speed World Dragway.
“We used our off-week wisely, and it looks like we’ve gained some ground on Elite [Motorsports],” said Anderson. “We’re not ahead of them yet, but I think we’re within striking distance now. We’ve learned a lot this week in testing, and the guys did a great job in the engine shop – it’s a little bit of car, little bit of engine, and bam, it looks like we might be closing the gap.
“It’s a good feeling to have made some gain. I’m looking forward to tomorrow; it’s going to be a fun deal. The weather is going to be better yet, and the cars should run faster. It could be record times for these things.”
Anderson’s mind-boggling 6.474 bettered the 6.476 laid down by Team Summit counterpart Jason Line at the NHRA Gatornationals in 2017, and Team Summit now owns six of the top 10 quickest passes in the EFI era. Anderson, Line, and fellow KB Racing-powered Pro Stock driver Bo Butner [6.477] are the three quickest since the carburetors and hood scoops were eliminated for the 2016 season.
The powerful move for Anderson’s steed is a welcome relief after it seemed to have lost its mojo in the first two NHRA events of the 2020 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
“My Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro feels like a completely different racecar than it did the first two races of the year,” said Anderson. “It just could not get hold of the racetrack in either Pomona or Phoenix, so we made some wholesale changes, and it looks like we made some right decisions. It just floats the front end out there, and it’s fun to drive. It’s not a Tasmanian Devil like it has been. It’s absolutely woken up.”
Qualifying is set to begin at noon ET on Saturday at Orlando Speed World Dragway. Watch live at SpeedVideo.com.