Thursday, June 11, 2015 12:10 AM | Written by: Anthony Caruso III
But this past weekend, his wife Kim was not at the facility, where he won his 76th career win.
“I love this race track,” he added. “Englishtown has been very good to me, and I have a lot of good times and memories from here.”
On Saturday, Anderson won his first No. 1 qualifier in almost four years. Prior to this weekend, his last one came in August 2010 at Pacific Raceway in Seattle.
“I feel like I just won the race,” he said that night. “It’s been four long years since I’ve been the No. 1 qualifier. I just haven’t quite been able to get my car to do that. Ever since I brought out this new race car (this year), it’s been a study climb back to the top. Every race that I go to with this car, it is performing better.”
Anderson has advanced to the Pro Stock final round for the past three races. However, Englishtown is the only win in that stretch, as he lost to teammate Jason Line in Atlanta and Erica Enders-Stevens Memorial Day weekend in Topeka, Kansas.
With the win at Etown, he is now tied for the most wins by an active driver with six at that track. Larry Dixon, the current Casedhole Solutions/Total Equipment And Service Top Fuel driver, also has six wins at the historic event.
“I don’t worry about records,” he said. “I live in the moment, and I just want to win.”
He has two wins this season and did not have a single win last season. Due to a heart procedure before the season, he had to miss the first five races of the 2014 season, before coming back at Royal Purple Raceway in Houston.
When he missed out on the Countdown to the Championship, he said he didn’t deserve to be in it since he didn’t win a race.
“Now, I think I’m back,” Anderson acknowledged. “I feel good and I have no physical or mental reason why I can’t be in victory lane at each race.”
With Pro Stock so tight, it will be hard for him to win every race. Right now, heading into the NHRA New England Nationals, Enders-Stevens had three wins, while the Summit teammates Line and Anderson have two wins each.
In the last race, he had to take out teammate Bo Butner in the second round. All four Summit Racing cars were in the Top half of the bracket.
Anderson went 6.503 to Butner’s 6.549. Butner was in just his third race with the team after taking over for Jimmy Ålund after the first six races.
“I’ve watched him for a very long time in the Sportsman ranks,” Anderson said of Butner. “He knows how to win and it’s only a matter of time before he wins a race – he’s capable of winning multiple races. He’s a hardcore racer, and he wants to race everyday. He fits in great with us and we’re going to have a lot of fun together.”