For Pro Stock driver Greg Anderson, the two annual NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series stops at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway have always held higher importance than most tour stops.

For one, Anderson's primary sponsor, Summit Racing, sponsors the spring race at The Strip. Add to that the fact that his team owner, Ken Black, is a longtime Las Vegas businessman and you can see why the stakes are high whenever he races in Las Vegas.

But this weekend's NHRA Toyota Nationals take on added importance to Anderson, a four-time Pro Stock world champion who missed five races at the start of this season and did not qualify for the Countdown to the Championship. He has the chance to play spoiler for his Summit Racing teammate, Jason Line, who holds the lead in the Pro Stock points standings with two races remaining.

"This is our Super Bowl, and expectations are high," Anderson said. "They need to be. We need to have a great weekend so that we can bring a championship trophy back to KB Racing and the Summit Racing team. We've been putting every effort into it, and everyone here is very excited. It's going to take both of our Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaros to get the job done and I can help by doing my part and knocking out some important competitors. I need to help Jason find his way to the winner's circle, and that's what team cars are for - we race as a team. The main goal right now is to win the championship for KB Racing and Summit."

Anderson missed the spring event at The Strip while recovering from off-season heart surgery. He said he and his team have put in extra work during the past three weeks so he can regain the form that saw him earn seven victories and five top qualifier spots in Las Vegas.

"We've been working our tails off since we left Maple Grove Raceway three weeks ago; we sent two of our cars to Vegas to test and I tested in Mooresville (N.C) for four days before that," Anderson, who has three runner-up finishes this season, said. "We've done a lot of on-track testing and we've done a lot in the engine shop. This is a very big race for us, and there is a lot on the line.

"We hope we're better than we've been all year. It's about peaking at the right time and I hope and expect that these last two races will be our best of the season. I don't think any other team has been lounging at the beach these last three weeks. I think we've all put in equal effort and the winner will be whoever made the most gain. For us, this is hugely important. We want to put KB Racing back on top."  

2014 NHRA Toyota Nationals Weekend Schedule

Thursday, Oct. 30

7:30 a.m. - Spectator gates open
8 a.m. - Sportsman qualifying
2 p.m. & 5 p.m. - Comp Eliminator qualifying
5 p.m.-7 p.m. - NHRA fanfest at Fremont Street Experience

Friday, Oct. 31

7:30 a.m. - Spectator gates open
8 a.m. - Sportsman eliminations
11:30 a.m. - Top Alcohol qualifying session
12:30 p.m. - Pro Mod qualifying session
1 p.m. - Pro Stock qualifying session (PSM-PSC)
1:30 p.m. - Nitro qualifying session (FC-TF)
2:30 p.m. - Comp Eliminator qualifying session
3:15 p.m. - Pro Mod qualifying session
4 p.m. - Pro Stock qualifying session (PSM-PSC)
4:30 p.m. - Nitro qualifying session (FC-TF)
5:45 p.m. - Jet Dragsters

Saturday, Nov. 1

7:30 a.m. - Spectator gates open
8 .m. - Sportsman eliminations
10:45 a.m. - Comp Eliminator - Round 1
11:15 a.m. - Top Alcohol qualifying session
12:30 p.m. - Pro Mod qualifying session
1 p.m. - Pro Stock qualifying session (PSM-PSC)
1:30 p.m. - Nitro qualifying session (TF-FC)
2:30 p.m. - Top Alcohol qualifying session
3:30 p.m. - Pro Mod eliminations - Round 1
4 p.m. - Pro Stock qualifying session (PSM-PSC)
4:30 p.m. - Nitro qualifying session (FC-TF)
5:45 p.m. - Jet Dragsters

Sunday, Nov. 2

7:30 a.m. - Spectator gates open
8:30 a.m. - Sportsman eliminations
9 a.m. - Top Alcohol eliminations - Round 1
10:15 a.m. - Pre-race ceremonies
11 a.m. - Nitro eliminations - Round 1
Noon - Pro Stock eliminations - Round 1
12:15 p.m. - Top Alcohol eliminations - Round 2
12:45 p.m. - Pro Mod eliminations - Round 2
1 p.m. - Nitro eliminations - Round 2
1:30 p.m. - Pro Stock eliminations - Round 2
1:45 p.m. - Sportsman eliminations - Semi-Finals
2:15 p.m. - Pro Mod eliminations - Semi-Finals
2:25 p.m. - Top Alcohol eliminations - Semi-Finals
2:30 p.m. - Nitro eliminations - Semi-Finals
2:45 p.m. - Pro Stock eliminations - Semi-Finals
3 p.m. - Sportsman eliminations - Finals
3:40 p.m. - Pro Mod eliminations - Finals
3:45 p.m. - Top Alcohol eliminations - Finals
3:50 p.m. - Pro Stock eliminations - Finals
3:55 p.m. - Nitro eliminations - Finals

Thursday, Oct. 30

7:30 a.m. - Spectator gates open
8 a.m. - Sportsman qualifying
2 p.m. & 5 p.m. - Comp Eliminator qualifying
5 p.m.-7 p.m. - NHRA fanfest at Fremont Street Experience

Friday, Oct. 31

7:30 a.m. - Spectator gates open
8 a.m. - Sportsman eliminations
11:30 a.m. - Top Alcohol qualifying session
12:30 p.m. - Pro Mod qualifying session
1 p.m. - Pro Stock qualifying session (PSM-PSC)
1:30 p.m. - Nitro qualifying session (FC-TF)
2:30 p.m. - Comp Eliminator qualifying session
3:15 p.m. - Pro Mod qualifying session
4 p.m. - Pro Stock qualifying session (PSM-PSC)
4:30 p.m. - Nitro qualifying session (FC-TF)
5:45 p.m. - Jet Dragsters

Saturday, Nov. 1

7:30 a.m. - Spectator gates open
8 .m. - Sportsman eliminations
10:45 a.m. - Comp Eliminator - Round 1
11:15 a.m. - Top Alcohol qualifying session
12:30 p.m. - Pro Mod qualifying session
1 p.m. - Pro Stock qualifying session (PSM-PSC)
1:30 p.m. - Nitro qualifying session (TF-FC)
2:30 p.m. - Top Alcohol qualifying session
3:30 p.m. - Pro Mod eliminations - Round 1
4 p.m. - Pro Stock qualifying session (PSM-PSC)
4:30 p.m. - Nitro qualifying session (FC-TF)
5:45 p.m. - Jet Dragsters

Sunday, Nov. 2

7:30 a.m. - Spectator gates open
8:30 a.m. - Sportsman eliminations
9 a.m. - Top Alcohol eliminations - Round 1
10:15 a.m. - Pre-race ceremonies
11 a.m. - Nitro eliminations - Round 1
Noon - Pro Stock eliminations - Round 1
12:15 p.m. - Top Alcohol eliminations - Round 2
12:45 p.m. - Pro Mod eliminations - Round 2
1 p.m. - Nitro eliminations - Round 2
1:30 p.m. - Pro Stock eliminations - Round 2
1:45 p.m. - Sportsman eliminations - Semi-Finals
2:15 p.m. - Pro Mod eliminations - Semi-Finals
2:25 p.m. - Top Alcohol eliminations - Semi-Finals
2:30 p.m. - Nitro eliminations - Semi-Finals
2:45 p.m. - Pro Stock eliminations - Semi-Finals
3 p.m. - Sportsman eliminations - Finals
3:40 p.m. - Pro Mod eliminations - Finals
3:45 p.m. - Top Alcohol eliminations - Finals
3:50 p.m. - Pro Stock eliminations - Finals
3:55 p.m. - Nitro eliminations - Finals

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