Denfeld News

April 18, 2011
Duluth News Tribune

Duluth native Anderson wins NHRA race

Duluth native Greg Anderson won the Pro Stock final Sunday in the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C.

Anderson, the four-time and defending series Pro Stock champion, beat Greg Stanfield with 6.556-second run at 211.39 mph. The event featured racing in four lanes instead of the traditional two. A center wall separated the second and third lanes.

Anderson said he wasn’t used to the new “Christmas tree” starting lights for four-wide racing. He didn’t win either of the two elimination rounds Sunday leading up the finals, finishing behind Allen Johnson in the first round and Greg Stanfield in the semifinals.

Anderson also was unnerved by what happened to top qualifier Jason Line — his teammate and fellow Northland native — in the first round. Line never got his car properly staged and “timed out.”

“There’s so much to do on that starting line and you multiply it by four cars, I didn’t know if I would be up to the challenge,” said Anderson. “I didn’t feel I had it in me as a driver to get it done with all that on the starting line. I felt like was the underdog all day.”

Anderson has won at least one race for 11 consecutive years, the longest streak in NHRA. It was also his 66th career victory, sixth all-time in the sport and one behind Top Fuel’s Tony Schumacher for fifth.

The victory pushed Anderson into the Pro Stock points lead, three points ahead of Line.

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