After tying an incredible mark in Pro Stock less than a week ago, Greg Anderson will now have the chance to make history at this weekend’s DeWalt NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway. The four-time NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series world champ tied Warren Johnson for the most wins in Pro Stock history by opening the Countdown to the Championship with his 97th career victory, and he won’t have to wait long to attempt to garner another to set the all-time mark in the class.
After a dominant start to the 2021 campaign, Anderson had to wait four months before tying Johnson, and now the Pro Stock points leader will get the chance to break the record in his HendrickCars.com Chevrolet Camaro. As if that moment isn’t big enough, Anderson will have the chance to do it close to home this weekend and in front of his sponsor, Rick Hendrick. It adds up to a special opportunity for Anderson, who knows he will have to be on point to make it happen.
“I’m going to my home track, and I’m going to have a ton of fans. We get to race in front of Mr. Hendrick, and we just can’t wait. I can’t think of a better place to try and break the record,” Anderson said. "The car is just bad to the bone, and it’s a pleasure to drive. The better the race car is, the better you should be able to do as a driver. We’ve got five more tries to see what we can do to try and win a championship. I like our chances, and we’re going to see if we can get it done. It’s so hard to win out here, and the competition is so great. You just can’t make mistakes.”
Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car), Deric Kramer (Pro Stock), and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were winners of the 2019 event. This year’s race will be televised on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) and FOX, including live final eliminations coverage on FOX, starting at 2 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, Sept. 19. It is the second of six races in the Countdown to the Championship for both Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle, and Anderson will try to win for a second straight playoff race.
To do so, he’ll likely have to contend with defending champ Erica Enders, who advanced to the final round in Reading, as well as young standouts like rookie Dallas Glenn, who won the four-wide race at zMAX Dragway in May, Kyle Koretsky, Troy Coughlin Jr., and Aaron Stanfield. Anderson pushed his lead to 41 points over Enders heading to Charlotte, but getting too concerned with that can be detrimental. The four-time world champ has learned that lesson over the years, choosing to focus on his own performance.
“It's a good start, and yes, everyone in the Countdown to the Championship has that one big goal in mind, but you just have to stay focused on your own game," said Anderson. "You run your own lane every round, and you have to forget that there's even somebody in the other lane. It doesn't matter who you're racing or what the points are at any given time. You're racing that Christmas Tree and that race car. If you do anything other than that, you're going to mess up. I just have to stick to my game.”
NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature one round at 6:15 p.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 17 and the final two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 1:30 and 5:15 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 19.
To purchase general-admission or reserved seats, call 800-455-FANS (3267). Tickets also are available online at www.zmaxdragway.com.