GOODYEAR EQUIPPED CARS DOMINATING NHRA'S VICTORY LIST AKRON, Ohio (May 5, 2005) -- There are two constants in the world of drag racing: One is the daily evolution of technology and the other is that more winners...
GOODYEAR EQUIPPED CARS DOMINATING NHRA'S VICTORY LIST
AKRON, Ohio (May 5, 2005) -- There are two constants in the world of drag racing: One is the daily evolution of technology and the other is that more winners choose Goodyear tires than any other brand.
Look no further than the April 29-May 1 O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tenn. Track records were set and cars equipped with Goodyear tires won seven of the nine classes. In the NHRA's six national events this season, Goodyear-shod cars have won 34 final rounds, more than all other tiremakers combined.
The Goodyear honor roll at Bristol included Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), Gary Scelzi (Funny Car), Warren Johnson (Pro Stock), Mike Ashley (Pro Mod), Tony Stephenson (Competition Eliminator), Clint Blezien (Stock) and Tom Seeman (Super Gas).
In the NHRA Powerade Drag Racing Series professional classes, Kalitta beat Rod Fuller in the Top Fuel final by about one yard in the first meeting between the two. Scelzi's win came as he set a track record for speed, 329.26 mph, while beating Jeff Arend in the final. Johnson collected the 94th victory of his storied career, beating Richie Stevens in the final.
Ashley collected his third straight victory.
In the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series sportsman classes, Stephenson beat Paul Pittman to get the win in Competition Eliminator. Blezien nipped Lee Zane largely thanks to his .002 of a second reaction time at the starting line. Seeman beat Ronnie Duke in his final round.
The NHRA's next national event is the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Commerce, Ga. May 12-15.