Goodyear Racing Norkwalk summary

REICHERT, COVERT NET NHRA NATIONAL WINS AT NORWALK NORWALK, Ohio (June 29, 2009) -- The summer months bring difficult conditions for drag racers because it is hard to use the full power of an engine on a hot, slick racing ...

REICHERT, COVERT NET NHRA NATIONAL WINS AT NORWALK

NORWALK, Ohio (June 29, 2009) -- The summer months bring difficult conditions for drag racers because it is hard to use the full power of an engine on a hot, slick racing surface.

So it was natural that five of the 10 winners at the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Nationals raced on Goodyear tires. Goodyear had as many winners as all other tiremakers combined.

The racers who won on Goodyear tires included Larry Dixon (in Top Fuel), Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock), Bill Reichert (Top Alcohol Dragster) and Joe Covert (Super Stock).

The typical summer conditions at Norwalk made it hard for drivers to use all their available horsepower.

"We were afraid of it and we shouldn't have been," Reichert said. "Then we said, 'We're going to have to step it up,' and it worked. When we decided to step on it, it worked. We were going to get beat if we went slow."

Reichert and Covert race in the NHRA's Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series for sportsman racers, where tire companies compete against each other.

Reichert uses Goodyear's D1230 rear drive tire, a staple of the line of Eagle Dragway Specials. The tire measures 36 inches tall and 17 inches across the tread. It mounts on a 16-inch wheel.

The victory was Reichert's first in a national event this season and the 19th of his stellar career. Goodyear-equipped cars have won every TAD final round in national event competition this season.

Reichert lives in Owosso, Mich.

Covert, who has used Goodyear tires on his racecars since 1967, won a national race for the first time since he won at Brainerd in 1994. He owns 10 national victories in three categories and has won three divisional championships.

The Norwalk win came on a pair of Goodyear D1823 rear drive tires. The tire measures 31 inches tall and 14 inches across the tread. It mounts on a 15-inch rim and the construction includes Goodyear's D4A tread compound.

"Everyone offers me free (tires)," Covert said. "I'm saying, 'I'll keep using a tire that works.'"

Covert keeps using things, that's for sure. The final round at Norwalk was the 49th pass for the set of tires he had on the car.

"I lowered the air pressure and rotated the tires, just like in the old days," Covert said.

Covert lives in Saukville, Wisc.

-credit: goodyear racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Jack Beckman , Jason Line