Championships and track records fall to Goodyear racers LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Oct. 29, 2006) -- Drivers racing on Goodyear tires clinched two national championships during the AC Delco Las Vegas Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor ...
Championships and track records fall to Goodyear racers
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Oct. 29, 2006) -- Drivers racing on Goodyear tires clinched two national championships during the AC Delco Las Vegas Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Along with the two championships, Goodyear-shod cars won three categories at Las Vegas. Those wins upped Goodyear's industry-best total to 118 wins in national competition for the 2006 NHRA season.
Jason Line grabbed the NHRA's Pro Stock title when he defeated three-time defending Pro Stock champion Greg Anderson in the third round. Anderson is Line's teammate and still had a chance to win the title. Line later won the final round.
Jay Payne locked up the AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge title when he beat Joey Martin in the second round at Las Vegas. Martin was the last competitor with a chance to beat Payne for the title. Like Payne, Martin races on Goodyear tires.
As decisive as Line and Payne's championship victories were, two NHRA professional titles are still up for grabs as the POWERade Series races to its final race of 2006 at Pomona.
Tony Schumacher won the race in the Top Fuel category at Las Vegas and Jack Beckman won in Funny Car. The championships in both categories will stay undecided until the race at Pomona.
Schumacher beat championship points leader Doug Kalitta in the third round at Las Vegas and, with his victory in the final round, Schumacher closed to within 45 points of Kalitta in the standings.
Schumacher said before he raced J.R. Todd in the final round that his team would set the car up to take a swing at the national record and the extra 20 points that would come with it. The bid failed, but Schumacher said, "It was the best win light I've ever seen." He did manage to break the track's elapsed time record in with a run of 4.445 seconds during qualifying.
Line's championship is his first.
"I think it speaks volumes about our team, that we were able to do this with two drivers," the new champ said. "I don't think any other Pro Stock team has (won the championship with different drivers)."
Line set new track elapsed time and speed records during the weekend. The new elapsed time mark is 6.705 seconds and the new speed record is 204.94.
John Force extended his lead in the Funny Car standings to 71 points over Ron Capps. Force was defeated Tommy Johnson Jr. in the second round, but Capps was knocked out in the first round by Scott Kalitta.
Kalitta won the Budweiser Shootout, the special race-within-a-race for the Top Fuel cars. Kalitta beat Rod Fuller in the final round of the Shootout. It was the third Shootout win for Kalitta.
Robert Hight set both a track elapsed time and speed record in Funny Car in Friday night's second session. His marks were 4.677 seconds and 333.08 mph.
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