Posted at: 08/20/2012 1:53 PM
| Updated at: 08/22/2012 11:01 PM
By: Laura Kennedy
In the world of drag racing, every competition is sudden death, especially at the NHRA Nationals. Nobody knows that better than defending event champion Greg Anderson and reigning pro stock champ Jason Line.
"It's really about precision and perfection. That's hard to achieve in six seconds," Line said. "You can't make any mistakes."
"There's a million ways to do things wrong and only one way to do it right," Anderson said. "We've got to find a way to get a little more speed in these Chevy Camaros right now."
Anderson and Line traded in their Pontiacs earlier in the season and say there's a learning curve with the new Camaros.
"We're a little off base with the cars yet, so we're doing a lot of testing," Line said. "We came to win, but at the same time we came to learn things for the Countdown."
Both drivers made early exits from the elimination rounds at Brainerd. But they have already clinched spots in the Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship.
"It's not about being great right now, it's about being great two races from now," Line said.
These two drivers are sitting in second and third place in the standings, with Line just ten points ahead of Anderson. They've been teammates for years, but make no mistake about it, when they get out on the track, they both have victory in mind.
"Right now we're two and three and, not to sound like spoiled brats, but that's not good for us," Anderson said. "We want to be one. Whether he's one or I'm one, the other guy is not going to be happy. But if we can be one and two, that's a great day for the team."
Anderson and Line both have roots in the Northland, so having success here is definitely a bonus.
"It makes you want to come out and race and show what you can do. We love that extra pressure," Anderson said.
Now their fans will have to cheer them on from a distance. The U.S. Nationals are in Indianapolis next week.