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Anderson Loses Championship Car To Fire

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, November 20 2010

Pro Stock champion Greg Anderson.


For the second time in less than a year, four-time NHRA Pro Stock world champion Greg Anderson has been the victim of a fire.

As the 2010 champion flew home Thursday from the National Hot Rod Association’s season-finale in Pomona, Calif., the transporter that serves as the team’s racetrack headquarters caught fire on the I-10 Freeway shortly after leaving Auto Club Raceway. The blaze severely damaged the trailer and much of its contents, including Anderson’s championship-winning Summit Racing Pontiac GXP.

This incident comes just 10 months after Anderson was displaced from his Concord, N.C., home by a fire started in a neighbor’s house, with the Andersons only recently moving into a new home.

“That certainly wasn’t the welcome home I was looking for,” said Anderson, who met with his KB Racing team at their shop in Mooresville, N.C., on Friday. “When I got off the plane in Charlotte (Thursday night) I had all these urgent messages on my phone, so I knew something was wrong. Although it’s a severe blow, things could have been a lot worse. The most important thing is that our driver, Keith Smith, and his wife, who were in the truck when it happened, were unhurt.

“We’re still in the process of determining the cause of the fire and the extent of the damage. But we know it’s pretty extensive, with preliminary reports telling us the TrailBlazer, our golf carts and scooters as well as my Summit Racing Pontiac were severely damaged.

“We also had a lot of our personal belongings in there, as Kim (Anderson’s wife) and I had put a couple suitcases on-board after the awards banquet on Tuesday, including items she had just replaced after our house fire. I hate that she has to go through this again, even in a small way.

“It’s hard to believe this has happened to us for the second time in under a year, but we’ll deal with it and move on. In fact, we’re already working on a plan to get everything back to North Carolina. It’s a lot of extra work that we really didn’t need, but we have the entire offseason to get ready, so I’m confident we’ll bounce back as strong as ever. It’s just another challenge this KB Racing team will have to overcome.

“I’ll tell you one thing – fire is most definitely a four-letter word in the Anderson household.”

Anderson clinched his fourth NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series title last Saturday during qualifications for the 46th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals.

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, November 20 2010