Anderson Top Seed Again in NHRA King Demon Crown

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Greg Anderson will lead the NHRA King Demon Crown field as the No. 1 seed for the third year in a row as the lucrative special event takes center stage June 10 during the ninth annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway.

A purse of $76,000 is available for the eight drivers competing in the NHRA King Demon Crown. The winner of the 22nd annual King Demon Crown will earn $50,000. The runner-up will earn $10,000, the two semifinalists $3,000 each, and the four first-round finishers $2,500 apiece. Should a driver win Saturday's NHRA King Demon Crown and Sunday's Pro Stock eliminations at the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals, he or she will earn a $25,000 'Double-Up' bonus from NHRA.

Anderson, from Charlotte, N.C., qualified No. 1 at 10 of the 23 NHRA national events that drivers could earn King Demon Crown points. It is Anderson's fourth career appearance in the bonus event.

The $145,000 King Demon Crown showcases the eight best Pro Stock qualifiers during a 23 race span between the 2005 CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals in Joliet, Ill., and 2006 O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka. Besides the $76,000 available in the King Demon Crown, bonuses of $69,000 were paid to quick Pro Stock qualifiers throughout the 23-race NHRA King Demon Crown series.

Drivers accumulated points during qualifying at those events, and a $3,000 bonus was awarded to the No. 1 qualifier at each race.

This year's King Demon Crown field features three past winners, last season's runner-up and two rookies. Defending King Demon Crown winner Dave Connolly did not qualify for the event.

Top seed Anderson, who won the event in 2004 and was runner-up in '03, will face first-time King Demon Crown finalist V. Gaines in the opening round. Jason Line, last season's runner-up, and Allen Johnson will battle in the first round; while former multi-time winner Warren Johnson will meet King Demon Crown rookie Erica Enders - the first female to ever qualify for the bonus race. King Demon Crown veterans Kurt Johnson, a three-time winner, and Richie Stevens, making his fourth appearance and first since 2001, also will meet in round one.

King Demon Crown rounds are scheduled for noon, 3 p.m. and 4:25 p.m. on June 10.

2006 NHRA KING DEMON CROWN FINAL STANDINGS:
1. Greg Anderson, Charlotte, N.C., Summit Racing Pontiac GTO -- 3740

2. Jason Line, Terrell, N.C., Summit Racing Pontiac GTO -- 3450

3. Warren Johnson, Buford, Ga., GM Performance Parts Pontiac GTO -- 3100

4. Kurt Johnson, Lawrenceville, Ga., ACDelco Chevy Cobalt -- 3090

5. Richie Stevens, New Orleans, Team Mopar Dodge Stratus R/T -- 2830

6. Erica Enders, Houston, Slammers Ultimate Milk Chevy Cobalt -- 2660

7. Allen Johnson, Greeneville, Tenn., J&J Racing/Team Mopar Dodge Stratus R/T -- 2575

8. V. Gaines, Lakewood, Colo., Kendall Synthetic Blend Dodge Stratus R/T -- 2540

2006 KING DEMON CROWN ROUND PAIRINGS:
FIRST ROUND (Noon): Anderson vs. Gaines; Line vs. A. Johnson; W. Johnson vs. Enders; K. Johnson vs. Stevens.

SEMIFINALS (3 p.m.): Anderson-Gaines winner vs. K. Johnson-Stevens winner; Line-A. Johnson winner vs. W. Johnson-Enders winner.

FINAL (4:25 p.m.)

PAST NHRA DOUBLE-UP BONUS WINNERS, KING DEMON CROWN:
2004: Greg Anderson (event was rain-delayed, held in Topeka)
1993: Warren Johnson
1991: Darrell Alderman
1989: Larry Morgan
1988: Bob Glidden
1987: Bob Glidden

*NOTE: For more NHRA news and current NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series driver standings, be sure to check out www.nhra.com .

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