Too Little, Too Late
Greg Anderson knows that the Pro Stock championship
is out of reach, but he isn’t letting up.
B arring the sort of miracle comeback that is rarely seen in any
sport, Greg Anderson knows that for the fourth straight year
he’ll watch someone else take the stage and accept the NHRA Full
Throttle Pro Stock championship trophy. With one race remaining
in the Countdown to the Championship, Anderson is 139 points
behind leader Mike Edwards, meaning that to win the title, he’d
have to win the race, set the elapsed time record, claim the lion’s
share of the qualifying bonus points, and hope that Edwards
somehow gets lost on his way to Pomona and misses the
Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals. In other
words, Anderson need not worry about replacing the big number 2
that adorns the windows of his Summit Pontiac.
While the championship may be out of reach, Anderson’s
season hasn’t been all bad. He has claimed a pair of wins (in
Brainerd and Dallas) and set a personal-best elapsed time in
Richmond with a 6.517. More importantly, he and his teammate,
Jason Line, have managed to remain competitive despite the current
economic woes that have affected virtually every team on the tour.
For the eighth straight year, Anderson will finish in the top three,
and he has managed to go seven full seasons without a DNQ.
Anderson recently spoke with National DRAGSTER Senior
Editor Kevin McKenna, who asked him about his 2009 season, his
plans for next year, and the general state of the Pro Stock class.
Q: How difficult is it to watch there at the end. He is simply too good a feeling negative because we didn’t
someone else win the championship? racer. I have respected him for a long perform up to our standards. We have a
say A: First of all, honestly, deep down, I’m time, and he happened to peak at the great team, a great team owner, a great
very proud of Mike Edwards. I look at him right time. Once we got to the Countdown facility, and great sponsors, so anytime
and see a lot of similarities between him to 1, I thought there was a very real we go out there and get outrun, it’s like
and myself. We’ve both worked as crew possibility that he’d win all six races. a personal insult to me, and I don’t feel
the chiefs and tried to find a ride, and then Obviously, I’m disappointed that we good about it. Once you’ve gotten to the
we were part-time drivers. I just happened weren’t able to put up a better fight, but level that our team has been at the last
to get some backing before he did and was this time I can honestly say the best car few years, that’s what makes this deal
best fortunate to win a bunch of races. His won the championship. I don’t think you fun. I guess if you’ve never gotten to
story is pretty similar to mine. could say that about the last two years. that level, you might enjoy running in
Now he’s got his own shop, and he’s the middle of the pack, but that’s not us.
car got the right people in place, and it shows. Q: How would you rate your When we don’t win, it’s a failure, and
He is a great racer, and he’s had the best performance this year? Jason and I take it personally. We’re
car at every race he went to this year, A: Less than perfect. Everybody ha