Anderson wins Gatornationals, ends winless streak
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 15, 2015) – Would you sell a used car to this man?
NHRA Pro Stock star Greg Anderson broke a 60-race winless streak when he won the Amalie Oil Gatornationals at Auto-Plus Raceway here. Anderson, who won the Gatornationals for the third time, won in a car he bought used, reworked and raced for the first time here.
His last win, in the Spring of 2012, also came in a previously-owned race car.
“This is the second time we’ve done that, bought a used car, refurbished it and won with it,” Anderson said.
Anderson was one of five drivers to win his category while racing on Goodyear tires at the Gatornationals. Spencer Massey (in Top Fuel) and Ron Capps (Funny Car) joined Anderson as winners in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series for professionals. Randy Meyer (Top Alcohol Dragster) and Joe Santangelo (Competition Eliminator) won on Goodyears in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series for sportsman racers.
“Our Goodyear Eagles had a great weekend,” said Goodyear’s Bryce Jones. “The track temperatures got warmer each day, but the performance was always there. Congratulations to all five drivers who won on our tires.”
It is unusual for a top professional team like Anderson’s to campaign used race car. But Anderson made it work.
“Sometimes, when you go outside the box, it works,” said Anderson.
A year earlier, Anderson was recovering from heart surgery and was unable to even attend this race, but his victory at Gainesville is the second of the season for his team. He beat teammate Jason Line in the final round. Anderson has 75 career Pro Stock wins.
Roger Brogdon leads the Pro Stock standings with 284 points. Line is next with 277.
Massey’s second-round win over Brittany Force in Top Fuel came after a leg-cramping struggle at the starting line to keep the clutch depressed long enough to properly launch the car. A mechanical repair between rounds forced a hurried trip to the starting line before the match up against Force.
“We never warmed the car up to check the settings,” Massey said.
There wasn’t time. But he beat Force and went on to defeat teammate Tony Schumacher in the final round.
“We have three teammates who had never won a race before,” Massey smiled. “Now they’ve won the Gators.”
Shawn Langdon leads the Top Fuel standings with 281 points. Schumacher is next with 268.
Capps won his 44th career victory and his third at the Gatornationals.
“When you’ve got a race car like today, you almost wait for something to go wrong,” said Capps, who last won in Brainerd last season. But nothing went wrong and he beat upstart John Hale in the final round.
Capps is now second in the Funny Car standings. He trails Matt Hagan 267-241.
Goodyear employs about 69,000 people at manufacturing plants and facilities in 22 nations. Based in Akron, Ohio, Goodyear is among the largest tiremakers in the world and is the worldwide leader in race tire innovation.