REICHERT TOPS GOODYEAR'S SPORTSMAN WINNERS AT INDY CLERMONT, Ind. (Sept. 1, 2008) -- Three drivers used Goodyear tires to win trophies in NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series sportsman competition during the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals...
REICHERT TOPS GOODYEAR'S SPORTSMAN WINNERS AT INDY
CLERMONT, Ind. (Sept. 1, 2008) -- Three drivers used Goodyear tires to win trophies in NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series sportsman competition during the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at O'Reilly Raceway Park.
The Goodyear winners included Bill Reichert (Top Alcohol Dragster) and Doug Engels (Competition Eliminator). Charlie Westcott won the Mopar Hemi Challenge, a special event category.
Reichert, Owosso, Mich., was one of six drivers using Goodyear tires to advance to the quarterfinal round in the TAD category. He beat Duane Shields in the all-Goodyear final round.
"We just try to get the balance right," Reichert said. "(The rear tire) has got to spin some. All A-fuel cars need to spin some. But we had to spin some and get the balance right."
The TAD category is home to the NHRA's most powerful sportsman cars. Reichert's final round pass lasted 5.581-seconds and he was clocked at 257.04 mph. Reichert's car had a set of Goodyear D1230 rear drive tires on it. The winning pass was the 16th for that set of tires.
Reichert's victory was his second at Indy. Coupled with Jim Whiteley's first round loss, the win gave a boost to Reichert's bid to win the TAD national championship. Reichert began the event second in the standings, trailing Whiteley.
"I thought we would do pretty well," Engels said. "This is the fourth win this year." Engels' victories include both regional and national races. He lives in Watertown, S.D.
Engles' dragster had a set of Goodyear D2623 rear drive tires. Remarkably, the team has used that set, and another just like it, for six seasons.
Westcott, of Parma, Mich., won the Mopar Hemi Challenge for the third time in four years with a masterful performance. Westcott was the top qualifier for the second straight year. His 8.650-second, 152.93 mph run in the final round gave him an easy victory and won him $10,000.
The Mopar Hemi Challenge is reserved for cars fitting the Super Stock category rules, but is further restricted to cars with Hemi engines only. Westcott drove a 1968 Plymouth Barracuda.
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