GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 19) -- Goodyear reached another milestone in racing when Warren Johnson won the Winston Pro Stock category in Sunday's NHRA Mac Tools Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway. Johnson's win was the 150th consecutive win for...
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 19) -- Goodyear reached another milestone in racing when Warren Johnson won the Winston Pro Stock category in Sunday's NHRA Mac Tools Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway. Johnson's win was the 150th consecutive win for Goodyear tires in the Pro Stock division, a streak that started on Aug. 9, 1992, when Mark Pawuk won the Northwest Nationals in Seattle, Wash.
The Pro Stock win was just one of eight wins on a record-setting day for the tire manufacturer. Doug Kalitta won his first Top Fuel final of 2000 defeating Tony Schumacher; Jerry Tolliver beat Ron Capps in Funny Car and Randy Daniels topped Greg Stanfield in Pro Stock Truck, setting a new national speed record of 179.78 mph in the process.
In the Sportsman categories Robert Bailey won the Competition Eliminator final; Dan Northrup won in Super Gas; Dan Richardson won in Super Comp; and Lee Bannister won the Stock final.
Johnson, the No. 1 qualifier for Gainesville, defeated Troy Coughlin in the final round. Earlier Johnson defeated George Martell in Round 1, Jim Yates in Round 2 and Ron Krisher in the Semifinals. It was Johnson's 80th career NHRA win and he's recorded at least one NHRA win in each of the past 18 years.
"Even though our streak of Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock wins continue, Goodyear is not letting up on its aggressive development program," said Perry Bell, Goodyear drag racing operations manager. "Goodyear is planning on introducing its new Pro Stock tire in the very near future."
Bell related that Goodyear has been developing a new tire since the NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series started in February. Based on driver feedback from the Autozone Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., Goodyear engineers designed a new tire for Pro Stock use and three weeks later, the Goodyear manufacturing plant in Santiago, Chile, had development tires ready for testing at the Checker/Schuck's/Kragen Nationals in Phoenix. Goodyear engineers are currently receiving driver input from private testing before making the final recommendations on the new tire.