POMONA, Calif. -- Greg Anderson wrapped up his fourth Pro Stock season championship and first since 2005, qualifying fourth Saturday in the Auto Club NHRA Finals.
Anderson overcame team owner Ken Black's severe health issues, a home fire and a middling regular season to win the title. He entered the six-race Countdown in fourth place and fell to fifth place after the first playoff race, but won three of the next four races.
"This has been the most trying and certainly the most rewarding season since I've been in drag racing," Anderson said. "You couldn't have bet me anything in the world two months ago that this would have happened so you never give up, you never give up."
The other three category championships, most notably the Funny Car duel between John Force and Matt Hagan, will be decided Sunday. The 61-year-old Force needs to win two more rounds than Hagan to take the title.
"We're going to go home, get some sleep and rock and roll in the morning," Force said.
Larry Dixon (Top Fuel), Ashley Force Hood (Funny Car), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) topped qualifying.