April 18, 2011
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.