Chat with Greg Anderson
Anderson was voted the 2004 Driver of the Year.
Welcome to SportsNation! On Friday, NHRA three-time world champion driver Greg Anderson stops by to chat as the NHRA gets set for the sixth and final event in the Countdown to the Championship at the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals.
Anderson leads the Pro Stock points standings, 115 points ahead of the second-place Mike Edwards. Anderson has made 95 career Pro Stock final rounds and has 65 career Pro Stock wins.
Send your questions now and join Anderson Friday at 2 p.m. ET!
What's your favorite thing to do when your off?
Greg Anderson (1:58 PM)
Pretty sad but I like to work. If you want to win, you have to work. But I do try to take a couple of minutes to spend with my family especially my son. He loves any sport with a ball and/or a stick. In the other three minutes of the day, I love to spend it with my beautiful wife Kim. I try to keep her out of the malls.
Eric Chmiel (Bucks County, PA)
How much of an accomplishment is it to win the NHRA Championship?
Greg Anderson (2:00 PM)
It's a huge accomplishment, the reason being there is so much talent out here. The competition is great. Anybody can win on any given weekend. It's a team effort and that's why we are where we are right now. My hat goes off to my team. They will be responsible if we win this year's title.
Carl Ray (Kentucky)
How many more years do you plan on racing, and does your son have any desire to follow in your footsteps?
Greg Anderson (2:02 PM)
That's a great question. The beauty of drag racing is that you don't have to put down your tools. You can do this into your 60's. I'll have to know when the time is right but I hope it's not soon. I want to give it at least another five years. When I can't quite hack it anymore, I'll put another driver in the seat.
Greg Anderson (2:03 PM)
It's funny, my son loves coming to the race track but right now he loves baseball, basketball, football and golf even more. Baseball seems to be his favorite sport and he hopes to one day play for the Yankess. Hopefully he stays on that track.
tracy lynn morton (burlington.ct)
as a former crew chief,did you ever think you would turn out to be so successful as a driver, your #1 fan tracy
Greg Anderson (2:06 PM)
Absolutely not. I never really had driving aspirations. I loved being a crew chief and driving happened by accident. Warren Johnson sent us to driving school so we can learn just how hard it was to drive and I've loved it ever since. And here I am today.
Gina Greathouse (ODENTON, MARYLAND)
In your pursuit of the championship this year is it as exciting as your first championship?
Greg Anderson (2:10 PM)
It's actually more exciting. I know it's hard to compete with the first but right now this one seems to be more important and special. Ken Black went down with a heart attack and we also hard some personal losses this season. It's been a tough and I know people were ready to throw dirt on us but we came back from the dead so to speak. Having Ken back for our race is vegas was great. This championship is the certainly the toughest but it's also the most meaningful one.
Greg, who are some of the young Pro Stock drivers that you have your eye on that could be future NHRA champions down the road?
Greg Anderson (2:15 PM)
I think without a doubt, Shane Gray. He's had a great season and has the chance to be Rookie of the Year. Erica Enders looks to be a good driver as well as Rickie Jones. If Dave Connolly comes back fulltime he looks to be a threat too. There is a lot of up and coming talented drivers out there.
Greg Anderson (2:17 PM)
Thanks to everybody for all there great questions. I have my fingers crossed that we can close this thing out in Pomona. We need to go in with guns blazing like we did in the first couple of races of the countdown and let the cards fall where they may.