Local Pro Stock Champions Anderson and Line Ready to Defend Home Turf at NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
It’s a home game for KB Racing drivers Greg Anderson and Jason Line this weekend at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway. Performing in the greatest spectacle in drag racing is hard enough, but doing it in front of family and friends can add an extra layer of pressure.
Anderson is the defending NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Pro Stock champion and won the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at zMAX Dragway in 2010. He feels that they have a home-field advantage at the track, located about 30 minutes from the team’s Mooresville, N.C., shop.
“I’d like to say we don’t do anything different,” said Anderson. “We try and prepare just as hard as we can for every one of them. Absolutely deep down you know it’s your hometown race. We go test a lot at Concord and zMAX. We should have a great package there. It’s our home field; we have home field advantage. We feel like we need to go there and perform great. So you’re darn right, we dig down, we try to find something a little bit extra.”
In addition, Anderson notes that the event is a chance for team members and family members who don’t travel to other events to see the drivers compete.
“We don’t want to be embarrassed in front of all our family, friends and all our co-workers,” he said. “All those guys that work on the stuff that don’t get to go across the country every week, they get to finally come out and see their work in action. Even though we say we don’t prepare any different, I’m sure we do.”
Anderson’s teammate, Line, has not had as much success at the Bellagio of drag strips, reaching the finals only once at the inaugural NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in 2010.
“It’s been a tough race for me,” said Line. “Actually, I was the first runner-up there at the inaugural race. But since that time it’s really been downhill for me. I’ve qualified well, really ran well, had the best car probably the last three or four races in a row there. And I come out of there really with nothing. So it’s a little frustrating.”
Line also considers the four-lane drag strip to be one of his home tracks.
“You know, it’d be nice to win in front of my second-home track. It’d be great. And Bruton built an awesome facility and I’d like nothing more than to win there in front of my friends and family. Maybe this is our year.”
Gates open for the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at 8 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday. There will be a total of four nitro and pro stock qualifying sessions on Friday and Saturday and final eliminations start Sunday at noon.
Thanks to special promotions by both Traxxas and Circle K, children 13 and under get in free to the three-day event with a paying adult. Once inside they can visit the new-and-improved Powerade Play Zone, located behind the John Force Grandstand, which will include an 8,000-square-foot remote control car dirt course built by Traxxas.
Tickets and camping are still available for the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, April 13-15 at zMAX Dragway, by calling the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267).
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