SUPER GAS — 3rd annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, June 25-28, Norwalk
Anderson wastes little time in earning sixth title
Craig Anderson’s early model ’63 Corvette, near lane,
defeated Iggie Boicesco’s ’02 Corvette in a final in which
Boicesco had a narrow .008-second starting-line
advantage but broke out by .005-second on the top end.
by John Jodauga flicker, but it indicated that he was having some
kind of problem.” Anderson won a 9.92 to 9.90
W hen Craig Anderson won Super Gas at the 2008
Jegs NHRA Cajun SPORTSnationals, it marked
his first victory in four years, and he hoped he
decision on a .016 to .058 holeshot and then
breathed a sigh of relief. “We broke a rocker arm on
that run, and if there had been another round that
wouldn’t have to wait that long again for another night, we probably wouldn’t have had time to fix it.”
victory. Fortunately for him, it took just a little more
than a year to win his next race thanks to a successful The runner-up: Boicesco has reached 11 national
outing at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA event finals, of which he has won four. Boicesco’s major
Nationals. claims to fame are his two Super Gas victories at the
“It feels awesome,” said Anderson. “You never NHRA U.S. Nationals in 2006 and 1994, tying Sheldon
know when it’s going to be your last one. And even Gecker for the most Super Gas triumphs at the Big Go.
though it was just a little bit more than a year this He also was runner-up in Indianapolis in 1984.
time around, it still seemed like an eternity.
“The competition has always been tough, and now Fast facts: The combined total of final-round
there are so many new drivers coming up from the appearances made by Anderson’s last two national
Jr. Dragster ranks, which means that they have a lot added a tenth of a second in the delay box to shoot for event final-round opponents is 49, 11 by Boicesco
more experience than the racers of their age a a .012,” he said. “We ended up with a .023 in the and 38 by Steve Cohen, who Anderson defeated at
generation ago. Shawn Langdon, a two-time Super second round, but then had three lights in the next four the 2008 Jegs NHRA Cajun SPORTSnationals.
Comp champion who has moved on to Top Fuel, is rounds between .009 and .016. We added just a bit more Boicesco’s first final round came at the 1983 U.S.
just one example of a Jr. Dragster graduate who has for the final, and I got a .018. I wasn’t really mowing Nationals, and Cohen’s first major trophy dash was
enjoyed a lot of success.” down the Tree, but at least I was consistent. Overall, at the 1982 Springnationals.
Despite the introduction of new talent, Anderson this is the best I’ve felt with my driving in years.”
has gained plenty of experience on his own, and one
example of its benefits took place in the final. The key race: “My fourth-round race against John About the winning car
“I was the chaser in every round of eliminations Stover,” said Anderson. “Not only were we concerned T his is the second Ben Worthy-built ’63 Corvette that
until the final, when I had to leave first against Iggie because he had run a pair of 9.90s in the first two Craig Anderson has campaigned, and it is powered by
Boicesco, who was running in the low-160-mph range rounds, but that race decided who would go on into a 582-cid engine built by Tracy Dennis of Sunset
compared to my speeds in the high 140s,” said Sunday’s eliminations. I noticed that after he staged, Racecraft with an aluminum block, 18-degree heads,
Anderson. “My primary goal was to take the win his car was rocking. Not enough to make the bulb and intake manifold from Brodix. Other components
stripe, but if I saw that he was used include a Gary Stinnett-prepped 1,050cfm
going to catch me early, I carburetor, Comp Cams camshaft, MSD ignition,
intended to hit the brakes and Moroso oil pan, Dynatech headers, and Borla mufflers.
hope that he’d break out. When Anderson also uses Sunset Racecraft’s air-activated
he caught up with me just past throttle stop, Hughes Performance transmission and
the 1,000-foot mark, I went with converter, Ford 9-inch rear end with Strange axles and
plan B and let him take the finish spool, Weld wheels, and Hoosier tires.
line. He broke out by just .005- Said Anderson, “I want to thank my crew chief and
second, and I got the win even father-in-law, Gregg Odom, and his wife, Debbie; Keli
though he had me by .008-second and Brayden; Jim, Kevin, Joe, and Tony at Hughes
on the Tree.” Performance; Steve Williams at K&N; Faron Lubbers at
Just as he did a year ago at the Hoosier; Mike Gruber from Valvoline; Don Higgins of
SPORTSnationals, Anderson was Crew Chief Pro; Bruce Deveau, the author of The
extremely consistent on the Tree. Racer’s Mind; chassis and engine builders Ben Worthy
“I got a .002 light in the first and Tracy Dennis; and all of my employees at Ellis
round, and I didn’t want to come Anderson won his round-five contest against Gary Linkhorn’s ’27 Ford County Auto Repair.”
that close to going red again, so we roadster when Linkhorn took too much win stripe and went under with a 9.85.
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