NHRA The National Hot Rod Association enjoyed a record-setting weekend in Texas during the 14th Annual O'Reilly Nationals Presented by Pennzoil at Houston Raceway Park and Goodyear tires were a key component in changing the...
The National Hot Rod Association enjoyed a record-setting weekend in Texas during the 14th Annual O'Reilly Nationals Presented by Pennzoil at Houston Raceway Park and Goodyear tires were a key component in changing the record book.
Randy Daniels became the first Pro Stock Truck racer to record a 7.3 second pass when he was timed at 7.395 seconds in the first round. Daniels, who eventually won the event, backed the record up with an amazingly consistent 7.396-second run in the second round.
Top Fueler Mike Dunn made the fastest pass in NHRA history on his first qualifying run, a lap of 331.61 mph. However, Dunn did not make his following pass within one percent of the first speed and it will not be recognized as an official record.
Dunn defeated Larry Dixon in the finals to take the Top Fuel win, Del Worsham edged John Force in the Funny Car final and Warren Johnson claimed his 83rd Pro Stock final round win, defeating Mark Pawuk. Johnson is now within two final round victories of Bob Glidden's all-time record. Goodyear leads all tire makers with 15 NHRA final round wins this season.
The next NHRA event will be the April 5-8 SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Goodyear driver Paul McMahan claimed his first career victory in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws series at State Fair Motor Speedway in Sedalia, Mo. The rookie, who finished second in the World of Outlaws Gumout Series a year ago, led all 25 laps of the event.
"These Goodyear tires worked great all night," McMahan said in the winner's circle.
The coming of Spring was not fully evident at race time, but the fans that braved the cool temperatures saw some terrific racing. McMahan won his heat race and was second in the Channel Lock Dash. He started the main event on the outside of the front row, jumped into the lead on the first lap, then juggled lapped traffic with the contenders behind him while leading all 25 laps.
McMahan's margin of victory was just .13 seconds.
Long time Goodyear user M.K. Kanke won the Featherlite Southwest Series, NASCAR Touring, race at Cajon Speedway and added to his early-season points lead, setting a Series record along the way. Jim Pettit II was second, Auggie Vidovich Jr., was third, Bob Lyon finished fourth and Frank Maronski Jr. took fifth.
The Featherlite Southwest Series has been competing at Cajon since 1986. Kanke's average speed of 55.877 mph is the Series record at the track for the 125-lap distance.
"The drivers are pleased with our new spec tire," said Carolyn Ashbee, Goodyear's Marketing Manager for Short Track Racing.
The victory was Kanke's 15th in Series competition, moving him to fourth on the all-time list.