Two National Hot Rod Association Pro Stock teams based just a few miles away from each other in Mooresville, N.C., will travel all the way to Southern California this year to fight for a championship.
Greg Anderson will be looking for his fourth title in five years and trying to keep the championship with the KB Racing team after Jason Line, Anderson’s teammate, won last year’s title.
The two primary challengers going into this weekend’s finale at Pomona, Calif., are Jeg Coughlin and Dave Connolly. Those two drivers run for Cagnazzi Racing, which like KB Racing has its racing headquarters in Mooresville.
Anderson won Sunday at Las Vegas, the hometown of his team owner, Ken Black, to take a 34-point lead over Coughlin and a 48-point edge over Connolly in the NHRA’s “countdown” championship format.
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If Anderson can make it to Sunday’s final round at Pomona, he’ll win the championships. If Coughlin wins this weekend and Anderson doesn’t go past the semfinals, Coughlin wins. Connolly needs to win and hope Anderson loses by the quarterfinals.
"I can hardly describe the pressure of this thing,” Anderson said of the countdown. “You know that any little mistake and you're done.”