Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

News

Greg Anderson to Add ‘Ironman’ Title to Accomplishments

Among the distinctions Greg Anderson has amassed in National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Mello Yello Drag Racing Series competition, “ironman” is not one he would have expected.

This weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois, the driver of the Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro SS will surpass Chevrolet Funny Car driver John Force for the longest career qualifying streak at 396 events.

Anderson, 59, envisions adding to double-digit events to the streak, which started in 2002 at Pomona, California.

“I don’t think there’s any secret to it. I just don’t like to lose, and I don’t think anybody is going to be shocked to hear that,” said Anderson, who missed five races to start 2014 because of off-season heart surgery. “When I don’t do well, I try to come back and do a better job next time. That’s what’s kept me going all these years. That’s what drives me.”

Force’s streak started at the February 1988 opener at Pomona and was curtailed by a DNQ in April 2007 at Las Vegas. In other motorsport series, which have a different “ironman” criterion, career Chevrolet driver Jeff Gordon is NASCAR’s all-time leader with 797 consecutive starts. Tony Kanaan, who won the 2013 Indianapolis 500 in a Chevrolet-powered car and raced a Chevrolet this season for A.J. Foyt Racing, is INDYCAR’s career leader with 318 consecutive starts.

Anderson served as a crew member and crew chief during four of Warren Johnson’s Pro Stock championships. He moved to KB Racing as a tuner and then took the reins of a Ken Black-owned race car for his NHRA Pro Stock debut in June 1998 at Columbus, Ohio. Anderson won his first national event in April 2001 at Bristol, Tennessee, and began competing full time in 2002.

Four Pro Stock championships, including three in a row in 2003-05, followed.

“A lot of it is just about executing, and sometimes that’s tough to do, but it’s really the key,” he said. “You can have all the right ideas and all the right parts and pieces, but then you have to make them work together – including the driver.”

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Anderson is third in NHRA career victories with 94, third in No. 1 qualifiers with 105 and fourth in elimination round wins with 831 heading into the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Midwest Nationals presented by Pennzoil. He earned 16 top qualifier honors and 15 wins in 23 races in 2004.

“The competition is definitely deeper than it’s ever been – I don’t know if that’s made it harder, necessarily,” Anderson said. “But if you look back 10 years ago, of the 16 cars that would make the show, you didn’t have 16 cars that realistically could have been the winner. Now you do.

“Times are tougher, the stakes are higher, and the competition is deeper, but I like that. I think that’s fun, and that’s what keeps me going. I like what the class has become over the last couple of years. It’s highly competitive, and I’m proud to be part of it.”

Consecutive starts in other motorsports:

NASCAR
797: Jeff Gordon (Nov. 15, 1992 — Nov. 22, 2015)
INDYCAR
318: Tony Kanaan (June 24, 2001 – June 6, 2020)
Formula One

260: Lewis Hamilton (March 18, 2007 – ongoing)

Consecutive games played in other sports:

NFL
352: Jeff Feagles, punter (Sept. 4, 1988 – Jan. 3, 2010)
NBA
1,192: A.C. Green (Nov. 19, 1986 — April 18, 2001)
Major League Baseball
2,632: Cal Ripken Jr. (May 30, 1982 — Sept. 19, 1998)
NHL
964: Doug Jarvis (Oct. 8, 1975 — Oct. 10, 1987)

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

You May Also Like

News

Tony Christian, one of the pioneering drivers of the Pro Street movement, passed away Thursday, June 9. Christian was infamous for his battles with...

News

The Mid-West Drag Racing Series (MWDRS) is saddened over the passing of Pro Mod driver Ronnie Hobbs following an on-track incident during Friday night...

Exclusive

Leah Pruett scored the first NHRA Top Fuel win for her and husband Tony Stewart’s professional drag racing team this past weekend in Denver,...

News

Drag racer Sean Serra has passed away in a tragic car accident. He was 27 years old. Serra was involved in a single-car rollover...

Since 2005, DI has informed, inspired and educated drag racers from every walk of the racing life - weekend warrior and street/strip enthusiasts to pro-level doorslammer and Top Fuel racers. From award-winning writing and photography to binge-worthy videos to electric live events, DI meets hundreds of thousands of racers where they live, creating the moments that create conversations.