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April 10, 2013

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. —



% HOME TRACK SUCCESS: zMAX Dragway at Charlotte Motor Speedway is considered the home track for Greg Anderson. But there's little relaxing leading into next weekend's NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at the dragstrip in Concord.

Anderson, who races for Mooresville-based KB Racing, will be going for a third consecutive victory in the nationals, and April 19-21 event. Although his close proximity to the track gives him ample testing time, the pressure is on to perform in front of friends and family.

So far it's worked out OK for Anderson.

"It seems like the races where there is more pressure are hugely important to us, and it seems to be those are the ones that we are able to capitalize on," said Anderson. "I don't have the answer to why, but apparently there's always something left in our minds that we can find to add a little more focus."

Anderson won his first event at the dragway in 2010, and has won three of the last five, including the last two four-wide contests. It makes him the winningest driver in zMAX history.

"I wish I could explain the success we've had there," he said. "It's so much of a challenge for a driver. It offers like 15 new ways for a driver to look like an idiot out there — for a driver to fail. We're going to have to have our cars at top song. You've got to have a fast race car, otherwise you can't win these days. The competition in this class is, right now, tougher than it's ever been. There's not a standout favorite anymore."

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