Every driver competing in NHRA’s Mello Yello Drag Racing Series has a racetrack or two that he holds in particularly high regard, and for Summit Racing Pro Stock driver Greg Anderson, Napa Valley’s Sonoma Raceway is certainly a facility to which he enjoys returning.
Anderson, a four-time series champion, has a record at the scenic venue that outshines every other driver in the category. This year, he returns for the NHRA Sonoma Nationals looking to strengthen his stranglehold on the title as most decorated Pro Stock driver at the facility.
Mooresville, N.C.-based Anderson has won a record four times in Sonoma, most recently in 2011, and last year he came up just a bit short in the final round, narrowly missing win No. 5. This time around, the 74-time national event victor is coming to Sonoma with his first win of the season at the top of the to-do list.
“Sonoma Raceway is one of the favorite racetracks for this Summit Racing team, that’s for sure,” said Anderson, who has qualified on the pole there six times. “We love going there, and it seems like we’re always able to run well in Sonoma. It’s a place that we know we’ve had good success in the past, so we have good notes to refer to. We can easily see what’s worked well for the KB Racing team there, and hopefully, we’ll come up with a good formula again and have a chance at another win.”
The 2013 season has been unusual in that it has yet to yield a victory for Anderson, who had four checks in the win column by this point last season, but after debuting a brand new Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro mid-year, the Minnesota-bred drag racing veteran has been on an upswing. A final-round finish in Chicago rekindled enthusiasm, and the Summit Racing crew is on the verge of a positive move in the right direction.
“Last week in Denver, we learned a few things,” said Anderson, currently seventh in the Mello Yello Series Pro Stock standings. “I like this three-race Western Swing [the tour heads straight to Seattle next week] because I think we need to go down the track as much as we can right now. The more laps we get, the better chance we have of figuring everything out. We gained knowledge last week in Denver, and that’s certainly going to help us going forward.”