FOUR WINS FOR GOODYEAR IN AC DELCO LAS VEGAS NATIONALS LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Oct. 23, 2005) -- This city is all about winners and four drivers, racing on Goodyear tires, won their class in the AC Delco Las Vegas NHRA ...
FOUR WINS FOR GOODYEAR IN AC DELCO LAS VEGAS NATIONALS
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Oct. 23, 2005) -- This city is all about winners and four drivers, racing on Goodyear tires, won their class in the AC Delco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals on The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. No tiremaker fared better.
For the season, Goodyear's win total in NHRA national events is 120. That is better than all other tire manufacturers combined.
The Goodyear winners included Tony Schumacher (in Top Fuel), Ron Capps (Funny Car), Kurt Johnson (Pro Stock) and Robert Coleman (Super Gas).
Schumacher finished a dream weekend by winning the final round in the POWERade Series Top Fuel class. He clinched the 2005 championship when he made his first qualifying run, won the Budweiser Shootout and then won the final. It was the fourth straight win for Schumacher and marked only the second time in the 21-year history of the Top Fuel Shootout that a driver has won both the Shootout and the race.
Capps beat his teammate Gary Scelzi in the final and threw the Funny Car championship chase into a dizzying series of what-ifs with just one race remaining on the schedule. Even though Capps beat Scelzi in the final round, Scelzi left Las Vegas with the points lead because John Force lost in the first round. Force started the weekend with the lead in the standings.
Scelzi holds a two-point lead over Capps going into the final race of the season at Pomona. Force is third, 28 points back.
"It looks like a mess to me," Scelzi said.
Schumacher Racing, the collective that campaigns the cars Schumacher, Capps and Scelzi drive, brings a total of nine teams to each race, spread over the NHRA's four professional categories. Three of those teams are Funny Car teams and Capps said the group works well together.
"All that's done is take Schumacher Racing forward because we can apply all that information," Capps said.
Kurt Johnson beat Greg Anderson in the Pro Stock finals. Anderson clinched the Pro Stock title earlier in the weekend, but Johnson won the final round. Johnson's quick reaction time in the final, .002 of a second, was even more notable since it came after his foot cramped up just before the race.
Coleman is undefeated in two final-round appearances in NHRA national event competition. He beat a field of 81 cars.
Schumacher will be among those who leave the gaming capitol with a happy wallet. The Top Fuel championship is worth $400,000, The Shootout win is worth $100,000, the bonus for winning the Shootout and the race is $50,000 and the race win by itself earned him $40,000. The total of $590,000 ranks among the richest in drag racing history.