BILL REICHERT: NHRA TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER--AGAIN
POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 13, 2009) -- Bill Reichert understands a thing or four about winning championships.
Reichert, the Owosso, Mich., drag racer, recently grabbed his fourth straight national championship in the Top Alcohol Dragster category of the NHRA's Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and is tied for the second place in the category for championships won. He's won six regional championships as well.
Through the years Reichert has used different chassis set ups, new clutch settings and any other idea he thought might make his car faster. About the only changes he hasn't made are his sponsor, Bar's Leaks/Rislone, and his tires.
Reichert uses Goodyear's D1230 rear drive tire on his dragster on runs that usually exceed 250 mph.
"It's got more traction," Reichert said. "We can spin the tires (with his high-horse powered TAD car), so traction is good."
The top three drivers in the TAD national championship standings, Reichert, Jim Whitely and Duane Shields all raced on Goodyear tires and all three had a chance to win the title when they converged on the NHRA national event at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The qualifying results in Las Vegas matched Reichert with Whitely in the first round and the title seemed on the line.
"We went out there to beat him," said Reichert. "We had him in the first round and he beat us. Then, an hour and a half or two hours later, Hillary Will beat (Whitely)," and Reichert won the title.
The D1230 measures 36 inches tall and is 17 inches wide. It uses Goodyear's D2-A tread compound. It is an ideal tire for the Top Alcohol Dragster application and is also used effectively in the Pro Mod category.
Reichert started racing in the TAD category in 1992, but he was drag racing before that. Each championship, he said, has been different.
"A couple of the championships that I won, we were faster," he said. "This season, we were not. We only qualified number one a couple of times."
But when other cars were faster, Reichert remained consistent, thanks to the race craft he has developed during his stellar career and to his reliable, consistent Goodyear Eagle D1230 racing slicks.
Reichert, in Pomona for the Auto Club of Southern California Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, said he'll run for his fifth straight national championship in 2010.
It's a safe bet that he'll try for that fifth straight title on Goodyear tires.
-credit: goodyear racing