By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock driver Greg Anderson is the No. 1 qualifier in his class on Saturday at the 21st annual JEGS Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois.
Anderson picked up his fifth No. 1 qualifier of the season. Despite his success as the No. 1 qualifier in five of the first nine races, he has not won this season.
He went 6.546 at 211.03 mph during the second qualifying pass on Friday night to get the top spot. He now has 98 No. 1 qualifiers in his career.
“To have 98 career No. 1 qualifiers is quite a feather in the cap for this whole KB Racing Team, and to have low E.T. of every session this weekend is a good feeling going into Sunday,” he said. “I’ve had a great qualifying car all year so far, but we haven’t been able to get it done on Sunday, which we will try to change tomorrow.”
Anderson, who will be driving his red Chevy Camaro, will face Dave River in the first-round of eliminations on Sunday. River, the No. 16 qualifier, after he went 6.950 at 197.28 mph in his Chevy Cobalt.
Tanner Gray, who has one win this season, is the No. 2 qualifier. The Gray Motorsports driver went 6.556 at 210.21 mph in his Chevy Camaro and will face No. 15 qualifier, Wally Stroupe, who went 6.813 at 203.43 mph in his Chevy Camaro.
Matt Hartford, who won for the first-time early this season, is the No. 3 qualifier after he went 6.559 at 209.95 in his Chevy Camaro. He’ll face Mark Hogan, the No. 14 qualifier, in eliminations on Sunday, as he went 6.803 at 202.21 mph in his GXP car.
Summit Racing Equipment’s Jason Line is the No. 4 qualifier after he went 6.560 at 210.67 mph in his Chevy Camaro. He’ll face his teammate and assistant crew chief, Tim Freeman, who is driving a third Summit Racing Equipment car this weekend, after he went 6.629 at 208.39 in his Chevy Camaro.
Vincent Nobile, who has two wins this season after losing his Pro Stock car last season during the Countdown to the Championship, is the No. 5 qualifier. He went 6.564 at 210.87 mph in his Chevy Camaro.
Nobile will face Chris McGaha, the No. 12 qualifier, on Sunday during eliminations. McGaha, the Harlow-Sammons Pro Stock driver, went 6.600 at 209.14 mph.