Qualifying field set for US Nationals at Lucas Oil IRP

Greg Anderson, the eventual fourth place winner in Pro Stock, burns out, E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals, Lucas Oil Raceway, Indianapolis, Sunday, July 12, 2020. The event is the first NHRA racing to happen since the coronavirus pandemic forced shut downs in March. A mandatory mask policy was in place during the event.

BROWNSBURG — Greg Anderson knows he has the car to win the US Nationals on Monday. His 6.567 time Saturday set him up in pole position for the third straight race as he chases a Pro Stock victory in Brownsburg.

The recent qualifying success is a result of tweaks he and his team made to his car’s engine over a matter of months. Little had changed in years before that, but he and his crew saw other teams gaining speed, improving their cars. They had thought, factoring in rule changes and the work they had done earlier, there was little more to do that would add horsepower. That belief flipped early in the season.

It led to longer looks into ways to add speed. Nothing they did was major, but, as Anderson pointed out, the tweaks add up. Gaining a few horsepower with an adjustment, another a week later led to improvement throughout the summer.

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