(Pmonoa, CA) - After defeating teammate Jason Line two weeks ago in Las Vegas, Greg Anderson entered the season finale with a 115-point advantage, pretty much ensuring him a fourth world championship. He made it official in qualifying at the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals. Anderson just needed to qualify and hold a 100-point edge entering eliminations to officially clinch. He easily accomplished the feat, earning four bonus points and outqualifying Edwards to extend his advantage heading into Sunday to 122 points.
“It doesn’t get any better than this,” said Anderson. “This has absolutely been the most trying season and will be the most rewarding one for me. You couldn’t have bet me any amount of money a few months ago that this would happen. You can never give up. I think we had a great, great last five or six races, and it’s not because fluke things happened. We had great races. I feel horrible for Mike [Edwards]. I know what he feels like right now, but I’m so happy for my team right now. This is the most gratifying one without a doubt.
“This race team that I’ve got, it’s them. It was a complete, complete team effort. It wasn’t Greg Anderson won a championship; it was the KB Racing team and that includes Jason Line’s car and Ronnie Humphrey's’ car. It was a total team effort.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen quite the accomplishment that this team has done in the last three or four months. We came out of nowhere. They were throwing dirt on us. We were done, and we came back from the dead, basically, and are standing here hoisting the trophy at the end of the year. I just feel very blessed right now. I want to thank Ken Black, Judy Black, Kenny Black Jr., and that family. They mean the world to this team. Getting them back at the racetrack in Las Vegas and having them here this weekend, it’s just unbelievable what it’s done for this race team. To be able to put a smile on Ken’s face is great. He’s been through hell this year. Everything’s great right now.”
The 2010 title is the fourth Pro Stock world championship for Anderson, who won three straight between 2003 and 2005. Teammate Line was world champ in 2006, giving the KB Racing team a total of five championships.
After a fairly quiet regular season that included two wins — including a dominant performance in Norwalk, where he swept the weekend with wins in the K&N Horsepower Challenge and the event — Anderson and his Summit Racing team came to life in the playoffs. After a second-round loss in Indianapolis that dropped him from fourth to fifth in the standings, Anderson advanced to the final round at the next four events, winning in Charlotte, Dallas, and Las Vegas and finishing as runner-up in Reading. The Charlotte victory lifted Anderson to second in points, and he ascended to the top in Reading, a spot he remained in permanently.