SONOMA, Calif. — When it comes to performing at a high level and getting the most out of a Pro Stock car, it doesn’t get much more ideal than scenic Sonoma Raceway.
It’s also one of many reasons why four-time Pro Stock world champion Greg Anderson loves racing at the track. Of course, having a Pro Stock-best four wins at the facility doesn’t hurt either, but having success and enjoying himself seems to go hand-in-hand for Anderson at Sonoma.
The current points leader and four-time winner in 2015 will try to make it five wins at this weekend’s 28th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway.
“I have a lot of racetracks that I like, but quite honestly, I think Sonoma might be at the top of the list because of the racetrack itself and the sea level conditions,” said Anderson, who last won in Sonoma in 2011. “The track is smooth as glass, and it’s just a neat, neat place to race. The area is beautiful, and I just love it there.
He broke a long winless streak early this year, setting off a string of dominant performances that included victories in Gainesville, Englishtown, Epping and Norwalk. Anderson has also been to seven final rounds in 2015.
“We definitely have a certain amount of confidence going into this race,” Anderson said. “Everything about this racetrack fits our program. We, as Pro Stock racers, love a racetrack where we can make our cars run near record elapsed times and near record speeds. This is one of those racetracks. There have been years where you aren’t quite as fast because of the weather, but many times you have the chance to set national records there. We race to run fast, that’s why we do it – we don’t like to run slow. This weekend in Sonoma, getting back to those sea level conditions, hopefully we’ll have the opportunity to run very fast with our Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaros.”
To run fast in Sonoma, Anderson and his team will have to adjust quickly from the high-altitude conditions and challenges that are always present in Denver at the first stop of the Western Swing. Anderson, who fell in the second round at Bandimere Speedway, has always done well with that challenge and is looking forward to seeing how his team responds.
“Going from Denver to Sonoma with that big swing in conditions is tricky, but it’s also fun,” Anderson said. “The crew has to come in and show how strong they are, and I’ll put my crew up against anybody’s out there. They’ll adapt better than anyone. Having a drastic change in the conditions and having to work hard to adapt – that’s how every race should be. It shouldn’t be the same every run without having to make any tuning changes on your car.
“That’s another thing that’s just great about Sonoma – we’ve been there when it’s been miserable and hot and one of the hardest racetracks to maneuver, but we’ve also been there when it’s been the easiest. You have to find a way to master it each time, and when you do you run fast out there. We love it.”