Don¿t bet on ¿ or against ¿ Greg Anderson in Las Vegas

7-to-5 favorite hopes to go three-for-three at The Strip


According to Station Casinos¿ oddsmaker Micah Roberts, defending NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Pro Stock champion Greg Anderson is the odds-on favorite -- at 7-to-5 -- to win Sunday¿s NHRA Nationals Pro Stock finale.  With 7-to-5 odds, anyone who bets on Anderson isn¿t going to win much money if he wins.  Then again, since Anderson has won the last two NHRA Pro Stock events at The Strip ¿ and has two wins in three races this season ¿ you¿d be silly to bet against him.

            Although Anderson is a native of Duluth, Minn., his team is considered ¿hometown¿ because his owner and sponsor, Ken Black and Vegas General Construction, are headquartered in Las Vegas.  Anderson spoke at this afternoon¿s press conference about what it would mean to win three consecutive NHRA Wally trophies for the home team.

¿If there¿s a place you want to do well, it¿s in front of your hometown crowd and your team owner,¿ said Anderson.  ¿It¿s obvious job security.  We did great last year.  We won both races.  We¿re looking for three in a row.  There¿s a lot of tough cars in this class.  It¿s really a race unto itself just to get qualified for this (16-car field).  Every race on Sunday is going to be side-by-side, door handle-to-door handle.  It¿ll come down to who gets the best light (reaction time off the starting line).  You have to perform perfectly ¿ the car, the driver, everything¿s got to do its job or you¿re not going to win one of these things.  It takes a lot of luck.  It¿s a great class to be a part of.  I love coming here.  With Summit being an associate sponsor of mine, there would be nothing better than to win in front of them.  Last week I did it for Mac Tools in Gainesville.  But if I can do it here, for Summit, that¿ll be a special feeling, not only to do it for Ken Black and the Vegas General (Construction) gang, but for Summit too.  We¿re looking forward to it.

            ¿We tested here in February and we had a great test.  It¿s a new tire, a new wheel, but we seem to have a jump on the gang as far as that goes.  It¿s (Las Vegas) a perfect Pro Stock track ¿ real smooth, real good and you¿re not gonna complain about having ¿one good lane, one bad lane.¿  We love racing here. It¿s gonna come down to this: the best-prepared car is gonna win, not because of a bad lane or bad weather conditions.  The weather conditions are gonna be perfect.  You¿re gonna probably see a Pro Stock car go close to 204 (mph) here.  That¿s pretty good, considering the altitude is 2,000 ft.  It¿s a great place to race, we love coming here.¿

The first round of pro category (Top Fuel Dragster, Funny Car and Pro Stock) qualifying begins Friday at 3 p.m.  Tickets for the fifth annual NHRA Nationals are available at the LVMS ticket office or by calling (702) 644-4444.