GOODYEAR STARTS 2009 WITH FIVE WINS AT SOGGY POMONA POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2009) -- Five days of rain finally gave way to one day of tremendous racing and the advantage was with the teams racing on Goodyear tires. The National Hot Rod ...
GOODYEAR STARTS 2009 WITH FIVE WINS AT SOGGY POMONA
POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2009) -- Five days of rain finally gave way to one day of tremendous racing and the advantage was with the teams racing on Goodyear tires.
The National Hot Rod Association's 2009 season-opening Kragen O'Reilly Auto Parts Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway of Pomona were soaked by five days of cold and rain that punished fans and frustrated racers. But on the sixth day the sky brightened and records fell to Goodyear-equipped cars and drivers.
The event was originally scheduled for a four-day run. The weather delayed the final rounds of professional racing until Tuesday and the sportsman categories did not finish until Wednesday. Goodyear-shod cars won five times. No other tiremaker recorded more than two wins.
"We saw conditions that were not in anyone's data book," said Funny Car winner Ron Capps. "It was nice to have a tire that we did not have to worry about. (Crew chief) Ace (McCulloch) was happy."
The other winners using Goodyear tires included Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), Jason Line (Pro Stock), Jim Whiteley (Top Alcohol Dragster) and Justin Lamb (Super Gas).
"My first win in Top Fuel was at Seattle on a Tuesday," Capps joked. "I am the King of Tuesday."
Greg Anderson set a national elapsed time record in Pro Stock (6.528 seconds). Anderson is Line's teammate. The 2009 event marked the fifth time in the last six years that Line or Anderson won this race in Pro Stock.
"Our Goodyear Eagles performed as expected," said Justin Fantozzi, Goodyear Racing marketing manager. "The teams were able to get every bit of performance out of their Eagles. The final rounds were a fabulous way to finish a long weekend of work."
The weekend was the first for the NHRA under the Full Throttle flag. The weather systems that dropped rain and snow all over Southern California slowed the proceedings to the point where the pro categories had only one qualifying session. The elimination rounds were held Tuesday.
In the Pro Stock category, Anderson and Line took turns setting track records on Sunday and Tuesday until Anderson established the national record. Line eventually beat Mike Edwards in the final round.
In the Top Fuel category, it was Doug Kalitta's first Winternationals victory. Doug Kalitta is the third Kalitta to win the Winternationals; Doug's cousin, the late Scott Kalitta, and Doug's uncle, Connie Kalitta, are previous winners.
-credit: goodyear racing