ENNIS, Texas (October 10, 2021) – Greg Anderson is familiar in his role as No. 1 qualifier: the Pro Stock points leader has claimed 10 so far this season and 116 over the course of what has so far been a very productive career. He notched his most recent pole at this weekend’s NHRA Texas FallNationals, and in doing so set the stage for a successful Sunday at Texas Motorplex. Every point matters, and qualifying at the top of the pack is incredibly valuable as the Countdown to the Championship hits its stride.
“The championship is going to be a battle right down to the end,” said Anderson. “There are a lot of young cats out there gaining on those of us at the top, but we’re off to a good start here in Dallas with our HendrickCars.com Chevrolet. It was fast right out of the trailer, and she got the job done. This is a lot of fun.”
Anderson’s No. 1 in Dallas was awarded based on a pleasingly swift 6.553-second pass at 209.23 mph that he laid down in the second qualifying session. With his excellent performance on Friday night under the lights, Anderson was awarded a $2,500 bonus check as part of the Texas Motorplex Stampede of Speed extravaganza.
In addition to the bonus cash, the recently appointed North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame inductee earned more bonus qualifying points than any Pro Stock driver. Anderson was the quickest in two of the four sessions and second-quickest in the final qualifying round.
Bonus points are awarded on top of regular qualifying points; the quickest driver in a session receives an additional three marks, second-most efficient gets two, and third best is awarded one additional point. Since the beginning of the Countdown, Anderson’s quick efforts have produced 31 bonus points as one of the consistently quickest cars in a class where championships are regularly decided by a handful of points.
The hunt for the championship is a fierce battle in Pro Stock, and although Anderson has had the points lead all season long and at every Countdown to the Championship race so far, he knows this is not the time to let off the throttle. Not only is a fifth series title in site, he’s also one win away from becoming the most winning driver ever in the category – and the second-most winning driver in any professional NHRA class.
“It’s kind of cool; they all go together,” Anderson stated. “If I concentrate on winning the race and making history, that gets me the most points and helps in the championship chase. I don’t usually think about milestones and records, but I think it’s okay to think about this one a little bit. I’d like to have the record, but I come to these races to win. I think our HendrickCars.com Chevy Camaro is ready to win tomorrow.”
Eliminations for the NHRA Texas FallNationals at Texas Motorplex are scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. CT Sunday. Watch FS1 on Sunday for #NHRAonFOX coverage; a final qualifying summary will air at 3:30pm ET with eliminations following at 4pm.
Greg Anderson’s Qualifying Results:
Q1: 6.586-second at 208.94 mph (+3 bonus point as quickest of the round)
Q2: 6.553, 209.23 (+3)
Q3: 20.420, 33.67
Q4: 6.609, 206.07 (+2)
KB Racing in qualifying:
No. 1 Greg Anderson, 6.553-second at 209.23 mph (+8)
No. 2 Dallas Glenn, 6.567, 209.14 (+2)
No. 4 Rodger Brogdon, 6.580, 209.56
No. 5 Kyle Koretsky, 6.591, 209.01 (+3)
No. 9 Matt Hartford, 6.605, 208.30
No. 14 Deric Kramer, 6.643, 207.46
KB Racing round one match-ups:
Greg Anderson vs. Marty Robertson
Dallas Glenn vs. Fernando Cuadra
Rodger Brogdon vs. Alan Prusiensky
Kyle Koretsky vs. Troy Coughlin Jr.
Matt Hartford vs. Vincent Nobile
Deric Kramer vs Erica EndersNHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings
(after qualifying at NHRA Dallas)
1. Greg Anderson, 2,440
2. Erica Enders, 2,419
3. Kyle Koretsky, 2,334
4. Dallas Glenn, 2,317
5. Aaron Stanfield, 2,264
6. Troy Coughlin Jr., 2,234
7. Mason McGaha, 2,224
8. Chris McGaha, 2,218
9. Matt Hartford, 2,194
10. Deric Kramer, 2,178
11. Kenny Delco, 2,147
169 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; Driver photo: NHRA