POMONA, Calif. (August 1, 2021) – KB Racing power and speed cannot be denied when it comes to Greg Anderson and the HendrickCars.com Chevrolet Camaro. Anderson has had the dominant hot rod all season in the class, and he drove home the point in Pomona qualifying to claim his eighth No. 1 qualifier award in just the ninth Pro Stock race of 2021. Points leader Anderson enters Sunday at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals scheduled for a first-round bye run to kick off what he intends to be a successful run at the trophy.
“It’s neat to run the low e.t.’s, but unfortunately, that isn’t going to get us the trophy tomorrow,” said Anderson, who is seeking the 97th national event win of his career, which would tie the record for the most ever in the category. “It’s going to be game on, and you’re going to see a lot of crazy stuff happen.”
That “crazy stuff” will likely boil down to a hot racetrack and warmer conditions that competitors did not have the opportunity to prepare for with the late-evening qualifying passes on both Friday and Saturday. Anderson was low of the session in both the first and third qualifier, but in the second session, when it was likely more comparable to what conditions should be on Sunday, he was second-best.
“We didn’t make the run we should have that session, but I think we know what to do,” said Anderson, whose best qualifying time was a 6.586-second pass at 208.42 mph.
“We can make it a lot better for tomorrow, but every run won’t be the same. Things will change every round. We’ll start at 11 o’clock in the morning, and the racetrack will not be bad at all – but it will progressively get worse each run. You’ll have to make major changes with each run, and it’ll be a Heman challenge. We’ve proven before, the bigger the challenge, the more the KB Racing team seems to rise. It’s going to be tough, but I’m looking forward to it.”
Anderson has claimed two wins in four final rounds thus far in the 2021 Camping World Drag Racing Series, and last weekend he reached the semifinals with his ferociously fast HendrickCars.com Chevrolet Camaro. In all, Anderson now has seven No. 1 starts in Pomona (four at the Winternationals and three at the NHRA Finals). He enters raceday with an astounding record of 12 previous Pomona wins, second only to John Force’s 16 victories at the historical Southern California facility.
Although the raceway at Pomona is one of Anderson’s most favored facilities, he knows better than to take anything for granted.
“It will be a little bit unpredictable tomorrow, and you’ll see cars having trouble managing that racetrack,” he said. “We need to be one of the ones that doesn’t have any problem or trip on any cracks. It’s going to be very hard to make quality runs, but that’s what it’s going to take to win this race. It’s going to be the toughest challenge we’ve had all year, but we’re just going to have to find a way to beat the heat.”
Eliminations for the NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway Pomona are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. PT on Sunday, August 1, 2021.
Greg Anderson’s Qualifying Results:
Q1: 6.588-second at 209.23 mph (+3 bonus points as quickest of the round)
Q2: 6.652, 206.54 (+2)
Q3: 6.586, 208.42 (+3)
KB Racing in qualifying:
1. Greg Anderson, 6.586 (+8 bonus points)
3. Matt Hartford, 6.593 (+2)
5. Kyle Koretsky, 6.604
8. Deric Kramer, 6.631
12. Dallas Glenn, 6.644
KB Racing round one match-ups:
Greg Anderson vs. bye
Deric Kramer vs. Chris McGaha
Kyle Koretsky vs. Dallas Glenn
Matt Hartford vs. Alan PrusienskyNHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after qualifying at NHRA Pomona)
1. Greg Anderson, 775
2. Aaron Stanfield, 629
3. Erica Enders, 608
4. Matt Hartford, 546
5. Dallas Glenn, 524
6. Mason McGaha, 518
7. Deric Kramer, 487
8. Kyle Koretsky, 481
9. Troy Coughlin Jr., 468
10. Chris McGaha, 337
Event-Specific Notes for Pomona (race 9):
- HendrickCars.com Chevrolet Camaro Pro Stock driver Greg Anderson is tied with Bob Glidden at 12 for Pro Stock drivers with the most Pomona victories. Only one driver in any Pro category has more wins at Auto Club Raceway than Anderson: Funny Car driver John Force has 16.
- Only two Pro Stock drivers have ever defeated Anderson in a Pomona final: former Pro Stock champion Mike Edwards and KB Racing teammate Jason Line
Anderson in Pomona
12 wins in 14 Pomona final rounds
Runner-up PC1 2017 (Jason Line)
Won PC1 2016 (defeated Line)
Won PC2 2016 (defeated Line)
Won PC1 2012 (defeated Jeg Coughlin Jr.)
Runner-up PC1 2010 (Mike Edwards)
Won PC2 2009 (defeated Kurt Johnson)
Won PC1 2008 (defeated Coughlin)
Won PC2 2008 (defeated K. Johnson)
Won PC1 2007 (defeated Greg Stanfield)
Won PC1 2006 (defeated Edwards)
Won PC2 2006 (defeated Line)
Won PC1 2004 (defeated Warren Johnson)
Won PC2 2004 (defeated Line)
Won PC2 2003 (defeated K. Johnson)
No. 1 at PC1 in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2021
No. 1 at PC2 in 2003, 2005, 2016
166 Pro Stock wins and eight NHRA Pro Stock Championships
KB Racing includes NHRA Pro Stock drivers Greg Anderson, a four-time world champion who campaigns the HendrickCars.com Chevrolet Camaro; Kyle Koretsky; Deric Kramer; Matt Hartford; and Dallas Glenn. All of the KB Racing engines are built in Ken Black’s race shop in Mooresville, N.C.
Photo Credit: Auto Imagery via KB Racing; Driver photo: NHRA