Las Vegas: Goodyear Racing race report

GOODYEAR'S D2681 FOR TOP FUEL/FUNNY CAR TEAMS A WINNER IN DEBU EVENT LAS VEGAS, Nev. (April 19, 2010) -- That didn't take long. One race into its existence and Goodyear's new D2681 drive tire for the National Hot Rod Association's Full...

GOODYEAR'S D2681 FOR TOP FUEL/FUNNY CAR TEAMS A WINNER IN DEBU EVENT

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (April 19, 2010) -- That didn't take long.

One race into its existence and Goodyear's new D2681 drive tire for the National Hot Rod Association's Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Top Fuel and Funny Car categories is already a winner.

The D2681 made its competitive debut at the SummitRacing.com Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Larry Dixon used the new tire on his way to winning the Top Fuel category. Teams in Las Vegas had the choice between the D2681 and Goodyear's D2550, which has been the tire designated for the Top Fuel and Funny Car teams for two seasons.

"Whatever we had on the car today, they were Goodyears and they got four win lights so I was happy with them," Dixon said.

Also winning on Goodyear tires at Las Vegas were John Force (in Funny Car), Mike Edwards (Pro Stock), Justin Lamb (Super Stock) and Dick Vander Meer (Super Comp).

The D2681 performed very well under difficult circumstances. The sunny conditions gave the competitors the hottest track temperatures the NHRA national tour has seen this season. The hottest temperature observed over the three-day event in Las Vegas was 129 degrees on Sunday.

And Dixon was not the only driver to find success with the new Goodyear tire. Del Worsham qualified first in Funny Car while using a set of D2681s. Worsham made it to the semifinals on Sunday.

Most Top Fuel and Funny Car teams qualified and raced on the D2550, which was used in competition for two seasons before the new tire was introduced in Las Vegas. Most the Top Fuel and Funny Car teams had unused D2550 inventory and they have plenty of warm track data on the D2550.

Both the D2681 and the D2550, will be available to the teams through the NHRA event at Gateway International Raceway.

Dixon's victory was the 51st of his stellar career and his fifth victory here. He beat Cory McClenathan in the final round and slipped by McClenathan in the championship standings to take a one-point lead.

"We made up a bunch of points in qualifying on Cory (McClenathan) and we knew if we could get to the final round, even if we raced him, if we beat him we would get the points lead," Dixon said. "And we got both so it's just a great weekend all the way around."

Force won his 129th race and his third at Las Vegas, but it was his first win in the spring race here. He extended his lead in the Funny Car standings when he beat Tony Pedregon in the final round. Force has 553 points to 433 for second place runner Matt Hagan.

Edwards won for the first time in Las Vegas and the fourth time in 2010. He beat Greg Stanfield in the final round. Edwards, the defending Pro Stock champ, holds a staggering 701-440 lead over Allen Johnson in the championship hunt.

-source: goodyear racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Tony Pedregon , Del Worsham , John Force , Cory McClenathan , Greg Stanfield , Allen Johnson , Matt Hagan , Mike Edwards