Norwalk: Goodyear Racing final event wrapup

GOODYEARS-EQUIPPED CARS LEAD TIRE INDUSTRY IN NHRA RACE AT NORWALK NORWALK, Ohio (June 28, 2010) -- They spent four days battling difficult conditions and dodging rainstorms but, when it was over, eight cars racing on Goodyear tires won...

GOODYEARS-EQUIPPED CARS LEAD TIRE INDUSTRY IN NHRA RACE AT NORWALK

NORWALK, Ohio (June 28, 2010) -- They spent four days battling difficult conditions and dodging rainstorms but, when it was over, eight cars racing on Goodyear tires won their categories at the NHRA's Summit Racing Equipment Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park.

Goodyear was the winningest tiremaker at the event.

Ohio's summer weather, which was sunny, hot, muggy and sometimes rainy, gave crew chiefs difficult decisions to make in short time frames. Through it all, Larry Dixon (in Top Fuel), Tim Wilkerson (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock), Bill Reichert (Top Alcohol Dragster), Pat Musi (Pro Mod) and Mike Walter (Super Stock), Al Akerman (Competition Eliminator) and Ben Wenzel (Stock Eliminator) kept finding grip through their Goodyear Eagles and winning rounds.

In addition, Anderson won the K & N Horsepower Challenge for Pro Stock cars. By winning the $50,000 special race and Sunday's Pro Stock final, Anderson earned a $25,000 bonus.

"It's been a long time since we've had weekends like this," said Anderson, a three-time Pro Stock champ. "I guess I've got to go back three, four years since I had a car that could do these things."

Anderson beat runaway Pro Stock points leader Mike Edwards in the final round of the Horsepower Challenge, winning the special event for the third time. Anderson defeated Allen Johnson in Sunday's Pro Stock final. As a result, Anderson sits fourth in Pro Stock points, behind Edwards, Johnson and Jeg Coughlin.

Dixon's victory, his seventh this season, came at the expense of Antron Brown in the final round. Dixon leads the Top Fuel standings with 1,256 points, Tony Schumacher is next with 1,080 and Cory McClenathan, who clinched a spot in the NHRA Countdown to One playoff format, is third with 1,030.

Wilkerson beat John Force in the Funny Car final but Force still leads the category standings with 1,024 points. Robert Hight is second with 951.

Musi's Pro Mod victory was his first and it came in his first final round appearance since he lost to Lee Shepherd in the final round of Pro Stock in the 1981 Gatornationals at Gainesville, Fla.

Bill Reichert, the four-time defending TAD champion, won for the fourth time at Norwalk.

Walter's win was his second at Norwalk. His previous victory came at the track in 2007. Wenzel won for the first time since 1967.

-source: good year racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Jeg Coughlin , Larry Dixon , John Force , Tony Schumacher , Greg Anderson , Allen Johnson , Bill Reichert , Robert Hight