Greg Anderson Fined By NHRA
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Four-time Pro Stock world champion Greg Anderson and the Elite Motorsports Pro Stock team were penalized Tuesday by the NHRA for separate rules infractions committed last weekend during the 33rd annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga.
Anderson was fined $5,000 and penalized 10 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series championship points for removal of safety equipment (lifting of helmet shield), which is prohibited from the time the vehicle leaves the starting line until it is on the return road as outlined in the 2013 NHRA Rulebook, section 2, page 1.
Anderson, driver of the Summit Equipment Racing Chevy Camaro, defeated Chris McGaha and Greg Stanfield before being eliminated by eventual event-winner Mike Edwards in the semifinals. Anderson exited Atlanta Dragway and the rain-delayed race eighth in the point standings after seven of 24 national events. The 10-point penalty dropped him into a tie with V. Gaines at 370 points, 286 behind leader and 2009 world champion Edwards.
Additionally, the Elite Motorsports Pro Stock team was fined $10,000 and driver Rickie Jones was penalized 25 championship points for improper modification of the Electrimotion Pro Stock Shutoff Controller Kit, required in all Pro Stock vehicles. The Electrimotion Pro Stock Shutoff Controller Kit is a safety element installed on Pro Stock cars to assist an impaired driver in stopping the race vehicle beyond the finish line. Modification or tampering with the Electrimotion Pro Stock Shutoff Controller Kit is strictly prohibited, as outlined in section 16, page 10 of the 2013 NHRA Rulebook.
Jones, the son of renowned chassis-builder Rick Jones of RJ Race Cars, and his Elite Camaro were eliminated in Saturday’s first round by Kurt Johnson. Jones is not ranked among the top-10 Pro Stock drivers, a requirement to qualify for the six-race, season-ending Countdown to the Championship playoffs.
Both fines must be paid in full prior to the driver or team being allowed to participate at any future NHRA events. The series returns to action beginning Friday at Heartland Park Topeka for the 25th annual NHRA Kansas Nationals.
Both fines also are appealable, as outlined in section 1, pages 16-23 of the 2013 NHRA Rulebook.
The revised Pro Stock point standings heading to Topeka: 1. Mike Edwards, Chevy Camaro, 656; 2. Jeg Coughlin Jr., Dodge Avenger, 530; 3. Allen Johnson, Avenger, 501; 4. Erica Enders-Stevens, Camaro, 482; 5. Jason Line, Camaro, 472; 6. Shane Gray, Camaro, 421; 7. Vincent Nobile, Avenger, 393; 8. Greg Anderson, Camaro (tie) with V. Gaines, Avenger, 370; 10. Greg Stanfield, Camaro, 322.No Comment