LAS VEGAS — When the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series rolls into Sin City for the 13th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, March 30-April 1, the Summit Racing Pro Stock duo of Greg Anderson and Jason Line will be more than ready to continue the hot streak they’ve been on so far this season.
With only three races down in the 2012 season, both Anderson and Line have already collected one victory each, a feat that would be a great accomplishment during any season for many drivers. But not these two.
The Summit Racing teammates already have the 2012 Full Throttle world championship on their minds. These two are anything but amateurs; Anderson has won four Pro Stock world championships and earned 71 career victories while his teammate Line has earned two Pro Stock championships and 28 wins.
“Obviously we’ve left a few scraps on the table, with this Summit Racing team winning two of the three, so it’s a good, but it’s not a perfect start and we strive for perfection,” Anderson said. “On top of that, we have always believed that we can build through the course of the season, continuing to move our program forward, so to start that strong gives us a really good boost of confidence, knowing that we should get even better from where we are now.”
Three of Anderson’s wins and one of Line’s have come at the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals, not only their sponsor’s race, but also the home track of team owner Ken Black.
“It’s a big deal every year when we go to Vegas because of it being Ken and Judy’s (Black) hometown and combined with the fact that this is a Summit-sponsored race,” Anderson said. “With all of the brass coming out to cheer us on it means there is a lot of added pressure and emphasis on doing well. The good thing about this year’s race is that we’re coming in on a high, so we’re hoping to continue that roll and put two Summit Pontiacs in the final round so we can put that big smile on everyone’s face again. It feels good to be going in with a little positive momentum.”
Although Anderson and Line have started off hot this season, Mike Edwards has also earned one victory and has his eyes on a second-career world championship. Plus there are many other tough competitors in the factory hot rod class including Jeg Coughlin, Erica Enders, Roger Brogdon, Ronnie Humphrey, Allen Johnson, Greg Stanfield, Larry Morgan and Shane Gray.
“You always hope that the season will start out the way we have,” Line said. “However, it is still just a start. There is a lot of racing left in the season with a lot left to accomplish and lots of work left to be done.”
In Top Fuel, Tony Schumacher leads the series standings with two runner-up finishes in his U.S. Army dragster, but Morgan Lucas has the momentum entering the race in his GEICO/Lucas Oil dragster after winning in commanding fashion at the Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals presented by NAPAFilters.com. Defending winner Brown, Spencer Massey, Shawn Langdon, Brandon Bernstein and Doug Kalitta are all among the pre-race favorites in the 7,000-horsepower category.
In Funny Car, Mike Neff hasn’t won a race yet, but is leading the points based on a couple of runner-up finishes. Robert Hight is riding a two-race winning streak in his Auto Club Ford Mustang and hopes to defend his title at this event. High-profile rookie drivers Courtney Force and Alexis DeJoria have been receiving much of the attention early in the season, but veterans Ron Capps, Cruz Pedregon, Jack Beckman, Johnny Gray, Jeff Arend and defending world champ Matt Hagan are all among the top challengers in the class.BREAKING NEWS: SPEED SPORT is back in print with a new monthly format! Subscribe for just $24.95. Special offer for former subscribers.