GOODYEAR-EQUIPPED CARS WIN FIVE TIMES IN WINTERNATIONALS POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2008) -- Greg Anderson began his drive for his fourth NHRA POWERade Pro Stock championship by winning the CARQUEST Auto Parts ...
GOODYEAR-EQUIPPED CARS WIN FIVE TIMES IN WINTERNATIONALS
POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2008) -- Greg Anderson began his drive for his fourth NHRA POWERade Pro Stock championship by winning the CARQUEST Auto Parts Winternationals at the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona Sunday. He was one of five drivers that raced to victory on Goodyear tires.
Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car), Duane Shields (Top Alcohol Dragster) and Jim Cowan (Competition Eliminator) drove the other Goodyear-shod winners. Goodyear's win total topped all tire manufacturers.
"I'm the only guy in this class right now who can say that I'm going to win a race this year," Anderson joked. Anderson has won three of the last four Pro Stock titles.
It was a weekend of change for the NHRA's top two classes. Chassis improvements and a switch in the fuel mixture rules by the NHRA for the Top Fuel and Funny Car competitors made the off-season a busy time for the teams in those classes as they prepared for the 2008 season.
Goodyear is the exclusive tire provider for the Top Fuel and Funny Car categories and it supplied the same rear drive tire and front tires for the classes for the 2008 opener that were used in 2007.
"The tires looked really good this weekend," Schumacher said.
Schumacher has won six times at Pomona and is seeking his fifth consecutive Top Fuel title. The victory was the 42nd of his career, breaking a tie with Larry Dixon, who Schumacher beat in the third round.
Anderson won for the 52nd time in his career, second to Joe Amato on the all-time list. Anderson also set track records for elapsed time and speed in Pro Stock during qualifying. The new ET record is 6.629 seconds and the speed mark is now 209.39 mph. Anderson was the top qualifier in Pro Stock, marking the 334th race in the last 336 that a Goodyear-shod car has been the top qualifier in that category.
Hight defeated car owner John Force in the semifinal round before beating Cruz Pedregon in the finals.
Cowan won his first national event. Shields repeated his 2006 victory.
The next race for the POWERade Drag Racing Series will be Feb. 22-24 at Firebird International Raceway near Phoenix, Ariz.