Jonathan Anderson visited the winners circle again after winning Super Gas in Cody Phillips’ ’63 Corvette Roadster at Gainesville.
GAINESVILLE- Jonathan Anderson earned the Super Gas NHRA Wally after defeating Greg Slack in the final round at the Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals in Gainesville. This was Anderson’s fifth NHRA Wally, but this time is a borrowed ride.
Anderson wheeled Cody Phillips’ ’63 Corvette Roadster to the winners circle after just his second time driving it. Phillips recently purchased the car from fellow racer Tyler Bohannon over the winter and is very pleased to already see it in the winner’s circle.
Many stellar rounds led Anderson to the final round on Saturday evening. He averaged an .017 reaction time through six rounds of eliminations, which was crucial to his success.
In the first round of eliminations, John Taylor had the starting line advantage over Anderson, .007 to .020, but took too much stripe causing him to breakout. The double-breakout win went to Anderson to advance to the next round.
Anderson was given the red-light victory in the second round of eliminations after opponent Randy Shipp turned on the red bulb by -.013. Anderson was .013 and ran a 9.891 to advance to round three.
Jonathan had the starting line advantage, .010 to .026, over opponent Nichole Stephenson and took the round win running a 9.912 on the 9.90 index. Nichole took too much stripe and broke out by .002 in a losing effort.
In his second double-breakout win of the race, Anderson had the starting line advantage over John Sikish, .036 to .045, and went a 9.895 to John’s 9.889. His .005 breakout advanced him to the next round.
Matt Tankersley had the starting line advantage, .005 to .008, over Anderson in the semifinal round but took too much stripe causing him to breakout more than Jonathan. Anderson’s 9.897 was too much for Tankersley’s 9.874.
The final two remaining in Super Gas after the long, confusing weekend were Anderson and Greg Slack. Slack made it past several tough competitors like Sherman Adcock and Jim Perry to make to the final round.
Just a coin flip apart on the tree, .017 to .019, Anderson ran down the 1/4 -mile and gave Slack the stripe causing him to breakout by -.016. Jonathan ran a 9.910 to take home the trophy.
Congrats to Jonathan and Cody on their latest victory!
About the author: Megan Strassweg is a 22 year old Super Comp racer from Louisville, Kentucky. She races a 2015 American Dragster sponsored by Coolshirt Systems. She graduated from Western Kentucky University in May of 2020 with a degree in Photojournalism and a minor in Entrepreneurship. Megan works at Jim Butner Auto in the Finance Department. Growing up at the racetrack, drag racing is all she has known and never plans to give up on it.