Greg Anderson Lands HendrickCars.com Chevrolet at No.  3 Spot in the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals in Las Vegas |  Displayed Drag

Greg Anderson Lands HendrickCars.com Chevrolet at No. 3 Spot in the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals in Las Vegas | Displayed Drag


Greg Anderson’s eight Las Vegas titles are treasured, as each one came with Ken and Judy Black, who originally formed the powerful multi-time championship KB Racing Pro Stock team with Anderson. The Black family is just a short drive from The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and although they are now retired from racing, they are part of the team now known as KB Titan Racing. After a strong qualifying performance, Anderson is eager to perform well on race day in front of his former team owners who remain like family.

“This is a special race for me, Ken and Judy Black made a lot of my dreams come true, and every win I had here was as big as a championship because it was in their backyard,” said Anderson, who is second. -The winningest Pro Stock driver at The Strip. “It would mean a lot to me to win another one – not only for these KB Titan employees who work so hard, but for Ken and Judy. It’s always for Ken and Judy here.”

Anderson is tipped to compete for the title after scoring his 104th win in Phoenix last week, and finishing third in the Pro Stock standings. He qualified No. 3 on the ladder in Las Vegas with a best run of 6.625 seconds at 206.32 mph, which he used in the four-session final. In total, Anderson earned five bonus points as one of the top three cars in two of the four sessions. He was the fastest in the last playoff.

“Well, we were very pleased with the performance of the HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, we kept some of the momentum we had last week, and now we just need to build on that on Sunday,” Anderson said. “We’re competing in quadruple tomorrow, and we know without a doubt that anything can happen when you play like that. It’s a tough challenge, but last week we worked harder than everyone else and came away with the trophy. The work ethic of this team is incredible, and I believe we can really do it again.

The four-wide design is used twice each season in the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series, once at the spring race in Las Vegas, then again at the spring race at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte. Motorsport icon Bruton Smith’s famous rigs were built with exciting, unconventional action in mind, and racetracks were held as racers lined up four at a time for three rounds of action to determine the winner. The two fastest cars in each quarter advance to the next round.

Anderson’s HendrickCars.com Chevy was the top qualifying car in his first-round field, with KB Titan Racing teammate and competitor of the year Sienna Wildgust joining him from 14th. Erica Enders (No. 6 seed) and Aaron Stanfield (No. 11) they complete the pack.

“This is a unique format, it’s a different kind of challenge than we’re used to running at the other 18 events on the schedule, and maybe some of the younger drivers who haven’t set their course yet find it easy – but my job is to do my best and win, no matter what the situation or how many ways,” said Anderson. “I feel good. Maybe a veteran can beat a young gun. We will know tomorrow.”

The 14th annual NHRA Member’s Four-way Elimination is scheduled to begin at 12:00 pm PT on Sunday, April 14 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

This story was published on April 13, 2024.