POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 14, 2010) -- John Force, Larry Dixon and Greg Anderson joined Brad Burton as NHRA champions during the Automobile Club of Southern California Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. All four raced to championship glory on Goodyear tires.

Burton won his title in the NHRA's Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series for sportsmen. The others won in the Full Throttle Drag Racing Series for professional teams. Burton won for the first time. The others all have multiple national championships.

Burton won his title in the NHRA's Stock Eliminator category. He clinched his title early in the weekend. His season included wins in the Winternationals at Pomona and the Mile High Nationals in Colorado. He also made it to the finals in the US Nationals near Indianapolis and won a regional race.

Force started the weekend trailing rookie Matt Hagan in the standings. Hagan lost in the first round of eliminations then watched helplessly as Force clinched his 15th championship by beating Bob Bode in the second round.

Dixon captured his third Top Fuel championship when he won his first round race. Dixon was the last driver to win the Top Fuel title before Tony Schumacher rattled off six straight championships. Schumacher started Sunday with a mathematical chance at winning the 2010 championship, but came up short.

Anderson got his drama out of the way early, clinching the Pro Stock championship when he qualified for the event Saturday. It was the fourth title for Anderson and came at the end of a season in which team owner Ken Black suffered a stroke early in the year and, later, a fire burned Anderson's house to the ground.

Burton won his title using Goodyear Eagle radial tires which measure 30 inches tall and nine inches across the tread face. They mount on 15-inch wheels. The Stock Eliminator category is open to competition among tiremakers.

Force and Dixon both won their titles on Goodyear's D2681 rear tire, the same tire used by every team in both categories. Anderson won his title using Goodyear's D2200 rear tire, the tire used by every team in Pro Stock.

-source: goodyear racing