GOODYEAR WINS SIX TIMES DURING SOUTHERN NATIONALS IN GEORGIA
COMMERCE, Ga. – The weather was constant in its inconsistency and the competition was fierce. But, in the end, Goodyear tires won the most races.
Drivers racing on Goodyear rubber won six times in the Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals at the Atlanta Dragway, pacing the tire industry. The tires on the winning cars, like all Goodyear drag racing tires, were manufactured at Goodyear’s world headquarters in Akron, Ohio.
Antron Brown, Jack Beckman and Jason Line won in Full Throttle Drag Racing Series competition for the professional categories. Mickey Whaley, Bruno Massel and Mark Pickens all won in Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series categories for sportsmen racers.
The three-day event saw hot weather where track temperatures reached 128 degrees. The weekend included rain delays and near perfect conditions on race day.
“Our tires performed well in every category,” said Bryce Jones, Goodyear’s sales account manager for drag racing. “In the sportsman categories, where we race head-to-head against other tiremakers, we had Goodyear tires on three semi-final cars other than the ones that won the finals. It was an excellent weekend for our Eagles.”
Brown faced teammate Tony Schumacher in the Top Fuel final and said, “I knew it was going to be a heckuva race because Tony always steps up. He always steps up.”
Both the Top Fuel and Funny Car categories race exclusively on Goodyear’s D2681 rear drive tire and Brown likes the tire.
“We can use less energy and we can accelerate harder,” Brown said.
Del Worsham, who lost in the first round at Atlanta, remains atop the Top Fuel standings with 547 points. Brown is next with 477.
Beckman won for the second time in Funny Car at Atlanta. He beat Mike Neff in the final round.
“We rock in cool track conditions,” said Beckman. “We’re trying to get what we need on a hot track…This was not a typical Atlanta Race.”
Neff leads the Funny Car points with 496 and Beckman pulled into second place, 20 points behind the leader.
Line beat teammate Greg Anderson in the Pro Stock final, a good pairing since the race sponsor also sponsors all three team cars. But Line said the trophy is going to a different sort of teammate.
“This Wally is going to my mom,” he said. “I’ve never given her one. This was as close as I could get to Mother’s Day.”
Line extended his Pro Stock championship lead by winning. He leads with 515 and Anderson is next with 465.
Whaley won in Stock Eliminator, Massel won in Competition Eliminator and Pickens won in Top Sportsman.
-source: goodyear racing