NASCAR & Auto Racing

Greg Anderson going for fifth-straight win at U.S. Nationals

National Hot Rod Association Pro Stock star Greg Anderson will be going after a record fifth straight win at the U.S. Nationals this weekend in Brownsburg, Ind.

Last year, the Charlotte, N.C., driver matched longtime drag racing stars Bob Glidden and Warren Johnson with his fourth straight Indy title.

“That would be a heck of a feather in our cap, winning five,” Anderson said.

“Indy is a special place every time you go there. It’s our Super Bowl. It means so much and maybe even more this year with the start of the final two segments of the Countdown to the Championship.”

The first NHRA playoffs to determine the national champions in drag racing will begin at the U.S. Nationals at O’Reilly Raceway Park. Each division’s top eight qualifiers through points earned in the first 17 races of the season will start anew for the final six races.

“I can’t imagine the feeling when you roll in there this year knowing not only that it’s the biggest race of the year, and the one that means the most to us, but it’s the first race of the all-important Countdown,” Anderson said. “So the stress level is going to be ultra high.

“Obviously, I’ve never been through what we are going to experience Indy weekend, as far as stress and worrying about what’s going to happen. To perform under pressure that weekend is going to be the most pressure any of us probably has ever had. It’s going to be a very, very interesting weekend.”